Located in the heart of Carolina, Carolina Mainsheet School of Sailing has been providing Sailing Education as an American Sailing Association Affiliate for Central North Carolina since 2007.
Our programs offers a unique alternative for the adventurous spirit who seeks a fully involved
“Learn to Sail Experience.” Start your Sailing Adventure with us in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area on Jordan Lake. In a few days time you’ll learn everything you need to know
to sail and safely handle sailboats12-20 feet in length. In no time at all, you’ll be ready to join us at
the amazing North Carolina coast for more advanced instruction.
At the North Carolina coast, you’ll continue your Learn to Sailing Adventure on larger, more
advanced and complex keelboats 20-30 feet in length. Once you complete our Basic Keelboat
course, you’ll be ready for our Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Charter courses. In those more
advanced courses, you’ll live aboard our boats and learn the skills you need to take command of your boat and crew on open waters. You’ll plot your own course, navigate and learn advanced seamanship skills that will help you keep your crew and boat safe while cruising.
The “Adventure” is yours for the taking…
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.
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.
Learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30'-45' sailboat during a multi-day cruise upon inland/coastal waters in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more.
Learn the the navigational theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in coastal and inland waters. On-water coastal navigation skills elements are contained in the ASA103, Basic Coastal Cruising, ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising, and ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising, in progressively increasing levels of detail.
Learn to sail a centerboard or multihull sailboat in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic sailing terminology, sail trim, points of sail, crew responsibilities, seamanship and safety including capsize avoidance/recovery and navigation rules to avoid collisions.
Carolina Mainsheet School of Sailing