Blockade Runner Sailing School
Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina (910) 622-2503

The perfect inclusive sailing package awaits! Stay at the Blockade Runner Hotel, walk down to our private Soundside docks, and begin your sailing experience aboard our fleet of J/22s. Our Soundside offers calm waters and steady sea breezes, ideal for both beginner and intermediate sailing instruction. A complete compliment of sailing conditions to navigate surround the resort hotel which offer the sailor experience with day marks, tides, and other coastal variations. The Blockade Runner Soundside beach and docks house our fleet of J/22’s, Hobie Waves, and two large cruising keelboats: Allana and Maidona.

The Blockade Runner Sailing School is conveniently located only 20 minutes from Interstate 40 and Wilmington NC International Airport (ILM). Complimentary shuttle to and from the airport is available.

Our Student/Instructor ratio never exceeds a 4 to 1. This ensures hands-on training for open water sailing, docking, anchoring, and much more.

This ocean side resort hotel includes award-winning cuisine, seaside gardens, and upscale decor in the heart of Wrightsville Beach. Historic Wilmington, minutes away, provides endless opportunities for dining, nightlife, entertainment and cultural interests that attract singles, couples and families. Other activities onsite include kayak or paddleboard eco-tours, surfing instruction, and scenic cruises.

ASA Sailing Certification Courses Offered

ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing
ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing
Learn to skipper a 20' - 27' sloop-rigged keelboat by day, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards.
ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising
ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising
Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered 25'-35' keelboat by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship.

Other Services Offered

  • Women Only Courses
  • Couples Courses
  • Private Courses
  • Weekday Courses
  • Weekend Courses
  • Corporate Team Building Courses
  • ASA 'Challenges'
  • Day Sail Charters (public)
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Sailboat Cruises
  • Racing Courses
  • Sail Trim Courses
  • Spinnaker Courses

ASA Veterans Sailing Education Program

At ASA we recognize the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who have served or are serving in our country's armed forces. As a token of our appreciation, and our way of saying thank you, we are inviting veterans and active military personnel to share our passion for sailing by offering a discount on our ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course.
Blockade Runner Sailing School is offering a minimum of $50.00 or 10% off their ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course.

Sailing School Reviews / Testimonials

  • I just did their intro (ASA101) sailing course and it was great! The staff is super cool and low pressure, so even if you don't know what you're doing you'll never feel like an idiot. I definitely learned a ton and plan on returning.[read more]

    Joshua - ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing

  • Just finished the 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing Certification at Blockade Runner Sailing School. Captain Matty is an awesome teacher and the J/22 a perfect boat to learn to sail on. Highly recommend for anyone interested in learning to sail.[read more]

    Robin - ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing

  • Beautiful place to sail, protected bay or open ocean. Helpful, personalized instruction. Highly recommended for those wanting to try out sailing or looking to improve their skills.[read more]

    Anna - Blockade Runner Sailing School

  • I cannot say enough positive things about the Discovery Sailing experience. Captain Matty is extremely knowledgeable and professional. As an instructor he tailored the three hours to my current sailing skills and future goals.[read more]

    Jackie - Blockade Runner Sailing School

  • Great way to learn sailing. Matty was an excellent instructor, he professionally explains things while making it fun and enjoyable both dockside and in the water. [read more]

    Travis - Blockade Runner Sailing School

Contact Information

Blockade Runner Sailing School

Address 275 Waynick Blvd, Wrightsville BeachNC28480
Phone (910) 622-2503
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