2018 Program Registration is now available. You can now REGISTER for our Summer Day Camp.
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 11th 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 brought back our Race week and have added a One Design Regatta at the end of the week for sailors of all ages. This week will be August 13th – 17th and is designed for Jr. Sailors who want to improve their racing skills. Sailors in this program need to have the basics of sailing and want to learn more about racing. Opti, Sunfish, 420, FJ and small keelboat races will be part of the week along with racing rules and tactics. The sailors will enhance their sailing 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, University of Vermont, Virginia Tech 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 2018. 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.