2021 Sail Camps 

The Greater Richmond Sailing Association on Swift Creek Reservoir offers the chance to enter the exciting sport of sailing. Future sailors age 8-17 can come out for the first time or come back to further enhance their skills. These one-week camps are taught by U.S. Sailing certified instructors. This adventure-based program promotes leadership, self-confidence, sportsmanship, safety awareness and respect for others. Important: Students must be able to pass a swim test of swimming 50 feet unaided. While on the water, all campers must wear a well-fitted Coast Guard approved Type III personal flotation device (PFD). High school students can earn PE credits in Chesterfield County and Richmond City for these camps (please ask your school’s guidance department for details if interested). You will be emailed forms before the start of the course. *Bring completed forms to class on the first morning and turn in to your instructor!

Cancellation Policy:  GRSA requires 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.

Drop off and pick-up at Greater Richmond Sailing Association,

4301 Wooldridge Road on Swift Creek Reservoir in Midlothian.

Each session is Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.               $370

For questions about registration, contact Noel Losen, losenn@chesterfield.gov.  For questions about the camps, email sailcamp@grsa.org or check the Learn to Sail page at GRSA.org for more information. 

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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 how to rig sailboats, parts of a sailboat, sail trim, safety, how to read the wind, and steering. 8-11 years old will have the opportunity to be the captain of their own boat sailing Optimist dinghies, while 12-15 years old will be paired up to jointly operate our Collegiate 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.

8-11 years old:

June 21-25                                                                                           Course 38423  

June 28-July 2                                                                                    Course 38424

July 19-23                                                                                            Course 38425

July 26-30                                                                                            Course 38426

12·15 years old:

June 21-25                                                                                           Course 38427

June 28-July 2                                                                                    Course 38428


Level II Sail Camp

Build on your experiences from Level I Camp! Learn intermediate/advanced sailing techniques, and experiment with the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math components of sailing. In the 8-11 years old class, students will continue to expand their knowledge on 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 years old class students will be introduced to flying a spinnaker and the basic of racing. This class will still utilize our International 420's.

8-11 years old:

July 12-16                                                                                            Course 38430

August 2-6                                                                                           Course 38431

Aug. 9-13                                                                                             Course 38432

12-15 years old:

July 5  12-16                                                                                         Course 38433

August 2-6                                                                                           Course 38434

Level III Sail Camp

Only offered for 12-16 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 l and Level II and put them to work learning the ropes of sailing a Flying Scot. Students will be moved from our International 420's which are 13'9" into the larger Flying Scot, 19'! This class will challenge the adventurer in all students by exploring a larger boat and learning more race tactics!

12-16 years old:

July 19-23                                                                                            Course 38435

Aug. 9-13                                                                                             Course 38436

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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