Bow to Stern’s Youth Programs are designed for Jr. Sailors of all ages and abilities. The array of programs use many different boats to enhance boating knowledge, build self confidence, and develop teamwork skills. Our largest program is the SUMMER DAY CAMP which is in its 8th year of operation and has taught over 1000 children how to sail. OPEN SAILING is a great opportunity for Jr. sailors to get out on the water with older, more advanced sailors, or they may be the captain if they have more experience. During the school year our Jr. Sailors can participate in the BOATING CLUB which uses all of our boats, or they may choose to be on the SAILING TEAM which will compete against teams from surrounding areas including Raleigh.
2017 Program Registration is now available. You can now REGISTER for our Summer Day Camp and our Race Training Clinic.
Welcome to Bow to Stern Sailing School’s Youth Sailing Programs. We are located at the Bow To Stern Boating Center, 290 Blackwell Point Loop Rd in Oriental, on the protected waters of Smith Creek. The park like setting, with 200+ feet of waterfront, is perfect for our Youth Programs.
This is our 9th summer of operation, expanding and growing each summer as we add boats and our sailors go on to bigger things. This year is no different as we have added a Race Training Clinic. This clinic will be August 8th – 12th and is designed for Jr. Sailors who want to improve their racing skills. Sailors in this program need to have sailing basics and want to learn more about racing. Opti, Sunfish, and FJ races will train under the supervision of Max Plarr, Varsity Head Coach of CNU Sailing Team (Christoper Newport University). Max will progress their skills so that they will be better prepared to sail in High School and College.
Our sailors have gone on to sail with Pamlico County High School, CNU, NCSU, DUKE, UNCC, COLUMBIA, HARVARD, and I am sure others that have not let me know they are sailing for their school. (If you are sailing for your school, please let us know so we can add your school to the growing list.)
Registration is now underway for the Youth Sailing Courses for summer 2016. There are week long “camps” from June through August. Read the PROGRAM AND CLASS DESCRIPTIONS for detailed information about each class/program. Check out the SUMMER CAMP CALENDAR and REGISTER for our summer programs.
More than just a sailing school…
In addition to the sailing curriculum, Bow To Stern strives to teach life skills and reinforce the natural leadership of the students. On and off the water, students are encouraged to display respect, humility, stewardship, and cooperation for the greater good. It is our hope and highest aspiration to help build the strong foundations within an individual that support long-lasting, healthy relationships with others, the earth, and themselves.
Who we are… Meet the STAFF.
What we do… Our two main programs include a Youth Sailing Camp and Keel Boat Cruising Program, which all offer kid-friendly, yet intensive sailing experiences to students age 7-16 by combining on-the-water experience with classroom activities. With Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced camps, young sailors are able to progress through different levels at their own pace. Racing rules and tactics are taught at the Intermediate and Advanced level so students may participate in local and regional regattas. The older sailors can participate in the new Keel Boat Cruising Program which will enhance their Leadership and Sailing skills through many different activities designed for young adults.
Without the SUPPORT FROM THE COMMUNITY and suggestions of others, Bow to Stern would not be what it is today. If you want to contribute time, energy, or ideas please feel free to CONTACT US. We especially welcome experienced sailors and skilled motor boat drivers as volunteers.
The Youth Sailing Program was only a dream as recently as 2008. Community members and business owners in Oriental and Pamlico County came together to make the dream a reality.
From volunteering hundreds of hours building our beautiful fleet of wooden Optimists, to donating program materials and resources, the community efforts launched a summer program which now has reached close to 1000 children, both locally and as far away as Texas, New York, Mexico, Greece, Costa Rica, and Sweden.
In the maritime spirit and tradition, each of the Optimists were named and christened with sparkling water in a CELEBRATION for good luck in the many seasons to come.
More information is on the way. Until then please call for more information, 252-474-6000.