Learn to Sail - Sea Safaris Sailing School
Sailing is very popular in central North Carolina! In the Research Triangle Park (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill) area many sailors enjoy Jordan Lake. There are excellent launch ramps on both sides of the lake with Vista Point on the west side being a popular choice for sailors. Ebenezer Point, on the east side, is popular with sailboats and board sailors. Crosswinds Marina offers launch ramps as well as slips and mast-up dry storage, and a fuel dock. Boat Works is a full service yard at Crosswinds Marina that can help with all your service needs. Anchor off any of the sandy beaches for a lunch and swim break. If you enjoy fishing, Jordan Lake provides many gunk holing opportunities and is very popular with the fishermen. Bald eagles are always seen soaring overhead and, in spring, returning to their nests and feeding their eaglets. Watch the young eagles learn how to fly!
Kerr Lake is along the Virginia border, in the center of the state, just an hour north of the Triangle. Steele Creek and Satterwhite Point Marinas are among the many marinas that offer slips, dry storage, fuel, food and ice facilities. Kerr Lake is a man-made lake created by damming a river. As such it provides the sailor with very long, pleasant reaches. There are many coves for swimming, fishing or anchoring overnight. The many parks and beaches all along the shoreline provide restroom facilities and covered lunch areas to take a break and meet up with other sailors.
The best sailing in central North Carolina is from mid March through mid June, and from Labor Day through Thanksgiving. Many people leave their boats in the water, or ready to launch, all year round because there are many sunny days in the 70s in December, January and February! July and August offer light winds and an opportunity to experiment with your spinnaker. There are sailing clubs holding regattas on both lakes throughout the year. The Steele Creek Yacht Club is a friendly group of sailors that holds events on Kerr Lake. Race your boat or crew with someone for the Hot Dog race and then meet at Clambake Cove for a cookout! The Carolina Sailing Club holds races and social events on Jordan Lake.
Sailors in North Carolina are very friendly. Just walk the docks of any marina or launch ramp with a pair of sailing gloves sticking out of your back pocket and you will certainly be asked to crew for an afternoon sail!
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