2020 Sail Camps Cancelled Due to COVID-19

Because of the current situation with COVID-19, the state of emergency, and the suspension of county-affiliated recreation programs, GRSA has made the very difficult decision to cancel our Summer Sailing Camps.  This decision was not made lightly, but with the amount of unknown information about the upcoming months and out of regards for the safety of our students and staff, it was the right decision for our program.  We recognize that this will be upsetting to our campers and parents who were looking forward to experiencing a unique on-the-water, adventure camp. 


Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation department will begin issuing refunds to families within the next few weeks. Most of their employees have been furloughed until further notice; we ask that you please be patient with the few of them that are still working. 


Please feel free to reach out by email at grsa.sailprograms@gmail.com with any and all questions you may have in regard to this cancellation. We will greatly miss working with your campers this summer and ask that you keep us in mind for camps in 2021. 

*updated May 4, 2020*

The Greater Richmond Sailing Association holds week-long sail camps from June through August for beginner and intermediate/advanced students.  All sessions are taught by U.S. Sailing certified instructors, and will be held at the club facilities at 4301 Wooldridge Road on Swift Creek Reservoir in Midlothian. Classes are Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Camps are open to students from 8 to 17.  Cost is $370 per week-long session.  Registration is open to all, regardless of county of residence.  The programs support self-confidence, sportsmanship, safety awareness and respect for others.

Important: All participants will be required to complete a swim test of approximately 50 yards.  While on the water, all students must wear a well-fitted Coast Guard approve Type III personal flotation device (PFD).  Transportation to and from the club and lunch are not provided. This camp qualifies as a Chesterfield County and Richmond City high school P.E. activity (please see your school's guidance counselor for more information).

For questions about registration, contact Noel Losen, losenn@chesterfield.gov, or call 804-748-1129.  For questions about the camps, email sailcamp@grsa.org.  Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information. 

Select your session from the descriptions below by clicking on the course number, and then register using the Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation website REGI system. You can find all of our courses listed on their website here

You will be emailed all paperwork two weeks prior to camp. Please read over the Course handbook and complete the two forms that are emailed! *Bring completed forms to class on the first morning and turn in to your instructor!

Cancellation Policy:We require two weeks notice for cancellations for a full refund. Any cancellations made within two weeks of the selected course will not be issued a refund.

Level I Sail Camp No experience required!  This is our beginner class and the perfect introduction to fall in love with sailing.  Sailors will learn parts of a sailboat, how to rig sailboats, sail trim, safety, how to read the wind, and steering.  Students 8-11 years old will have the opportunity to be the captain of their own boat while sailing Optimist dinghies (Opti’s), while students 12-15 years old will be paired up to jointly operate our International 420 sailboats.  Our oldest group, students 16 & 17 years old, will be sailing our 19 foot Flying Scots which can accommodate 3-4 campers per boat.  Students can earn high school PE credits in Chesterfield County for this course (please see your school's guidance counselor for more information)..

Level II Sail Camp -Build on the experience gained from Level I Camp!  Learn intermediate/advanced sailing techniques, and experiment with the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) components of sailing.  In the 8-11 year old class students will continue to expand their knowledge of sailing Opti’s and learn more advanced sailing techniques.  They will also experience a long distance sail across Swift Creek Reservoir.  In the 12-15 year old class students will be introduced to flying a spinnaker and the basics of racing.  This class will utilize our International 420s. 

Level III Sail Camp-Only offered for students 12-17 years old-must have completed at least two GRSA Sail Camps within the last four years.  This class will take all the fundamentals learned over Level I and Level II and put them to work learning the ropes of sailing a Flying Scot.  Students will transition from our International 420s, which are 13’9’’, into the larger 19’ Flying Scot!  This class will challenge the adventurer in all our students by exploring a larger boat and learning more racing tactics! 

NEW Offerings: RACE CAMPS!  We are so excited to be adding sailboat racing fundamentals to our course curriculum this year!  This next step in the sailor’s adventure not only vastly improves their confidence in boat handling, but also has the potential to become a lifelong passion for sailboat racing. 

Introduction to racing:  This course is intended for newer sailors to get their feet wet in the racing world.  It will focus on reviewing and emphasizing boat handling and other advanced skills that will help develop the racing sailor.  It is recommended that students have completed one to two years of GRSA sail camp, or similar experience, to enroll in this course.  The majority of the week will focus on learning tactics and fine-tuning sailing skills.  This will culminate in a regatta on Friday afternoon for this course.  The class will be broken down into appropriate age groups based on registration.


Cancellation Policy:We require two weeks notice for cancellations for a full refund. Any cancellations made within two weeks of the selected course will not be issued a refund.

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