Based on our foundation of a decade of outstanding sailing education, Lake Norman Community Sailing will give you confidence and practical sailing skills, as a beginner or aspiring bareboat cruiser. Lake Norman is located twenty miles north of Charlotte, North Carolina, with 50 square miles of water and over 500 miles of shoreline, providing ample room for cruising and meeting the challenges of ASA courses. Our facilities at Blythe Landing are easily accessible and convenient to sailors throughout the Southeastern region.
Our instructors, each with more than 20 years of sailing and teaching experience, offer courses from March through October on our yachts – Catalina 22, Hunter 25.5 and ODay 30, with additional resources available on the East Coast through instructional charters- for example our week-long charter on the Chesapeake Bay using Jeanneau 39s. Our typical Basic Keelboat class will have up to three students, scheduled on weekends or weekdays for your convenience. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to hone your skills at the helm, trimming the sails and navigating.
Visitors to the area take advantage of the moderate temperatures, exceptional local eateries and rich Southern hospitality. Add your sailing classes to the mix and you’ll have a well-rounded adventure.
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.
Other Services Offered
- Private Courses
- Weekday Courses
- Weekend Courses
- ASA 'Challenges'
- Summer Camps for Kids
Lake Norman Community Sailing