2020 Adult Sailing Courses

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 Adult Sailing Courses.  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 participants and parents who were looking forward to experiencing a unique on-the-water course. 


Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation department will begin issuing refunds to families within the next few weeks. 

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 you this summer and ask that you keep us in mind for courses in 2021. 

*updated June 22, 2020

The GRSA Sail Programs team will host Adult Learn to Sail weekends throughout 2020!  No experience needed!  This two-day course will teach the foundation of sailing skills:  parts of the boat, points of sail, tacking/gybing, sail trim, knots, helmsmanship, and rules of the road.  The weekend is hands-on with more time spent on the water learning and practicing the skills than in the classroom.  Classes are filled based on a first-come, first-served basis and each course is limited to 12 students.  Boats (Flying Scots) will be provided.  Requirements include the ability to swim, a well-fitting Type III PFD (life jacket), and closed toe shoes.  Instruction will be provided by US Sailing certified instructors.  

The sessions will run from 8:30am to 4:00pm Saturday and Sunday. Please bring an adventurous spirit, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, towel, a water bottle and sailing attire for 2 full days of fun on and in the water. The course will be conducted at GRSA (4301 Woolrdige Rd, Midlothian, VA, 23120) with classroom instruction in the main pavilion and on the water. 

Cost per session is $175. Includes a personal copy of US Sailing's Learn Sailing Right, a completed Certification Record Book through US Sailing, course swag, use of GRSA owned boats, and two full days of instruction! For questions about registration, contact Noel Losen, losenn@chesterfield.gov, or call 804-748-1129.  For questions about the course, email sailprograms@grsa.org or 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 see all courses listed on their webpage here

You will be emailed the course handbook and forms prior to the start of the course. *Bring completed forms to class on the first morning and turn in to your instructor!

Beginner Courses: 

Intermediate Course: 

This class is designed for students who have completed the Basic Adult Class at GRSA within the last year.  The class will continue to develop sailing skills focusing on more advanced sailing theories, sail trim/controls, and building confidence on the tiller.  This course will continue to be taught on our fleet of Flying Scots and will again be limited to 12 students.  The cost for this course is $175.

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. 

Meet The Instructor

  Bill Kitchens
Hometown: Beaverdam, VA
College: Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth University
Sailing Stats: Sailing since the early 70's. Racing Thistles long enough that I should be better at it.
Hobbies: Running, Kayaking, Backpacking, Travel

Want to see our classes in action? Check out photos from our previous classes here!

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