Community Learn to Sail

The College of Charleston Sailing Program offers non-credit, adult community sailing classes from May through July.  The program offers several types of courses to fit your schedule and needs.  Our boats have been modified for instructional purposes, allowing for ideal learning situations and a comfortable exciting sailing experience. Our College of Charleston sailing complex is located in the Patriots Point Marina in Mt Pleasant, adjacent to the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina Hotel.  Once on the main marina dock, turn right towards the Yorktown and follow the signs to C of C Sailing. Please feel free to visit the sailing center, inspect our fleet, and talk to our friendly staff, Ned Goss or Stefan Kuehn.

2017 Fall Schedule is as follows:

Keelboat Intermediate Sailing

The following coarse is recommended for sailors with prior basic keel boat knowledge and experience. This coarse is geared toward building a more intimate and in-depth knowledge of sailing and seamanship for students. The class will be centered around the J22 keelboat. The lessons will be aimed to introduce and build on more advanced sailing techniques and maneuvers. The goal of this class is to provide each student experience and instruction to help further their sailing performance. During the coarse students will sail with full main and jib sails, control lines such as the traveler, Cunningham, and backstay, and begin to understand the physics behind sailing. The coarse will consist of two hours in the classroom learning theory, and eight hours on the water putting theory to the test.

Sailing 200-01
Friday Oct. 6th 6-8:00pm
Saturday Oct. 7th & Sunday Oct. 8th 1-5:00pm

Sailing 200-02
Friday Nov. 3rd 6-8:00pm
Saturday Nov. 4th & Sunday Nov. 5th 1-5:00pm


Keelboat Advanced Sailing

The following coarse is recommended for experienced sailors who have adept knowledge of sailing keelboats. This coarse will be teaching the fundamentals of spinnaker sailing, coupled with the advanced controls of both a full main and jib sail on board a J22. Along with technical learning, students will be practicing tactics and advanced team communication and action planing. This coarse is aimed with the goal to produce fast and effective sailors, while also demonstrating the upmost understanding of risk assessment and safety on the water. The coarse will consist of two hours in the classroom learning theory, and eight hours on the water putting theory to the test.

Sailing 300-01
Friday Oct 20th 6-8:00pm
Saturday Oct. 21st & Sunday Oct. 22nd 1-5:00pm

Sailing 300-02
Friday Nov. 17th 6-8:00pm
Saturday Nov. 18th & Sunday Nov. 19th 1-5:00pm

*Please note that any make up classes due to weather will most likely be made up the following weekend.


To register online, please visit our online Marketplace to complete payment and registration. 

*We offer a 10% discount for all military personnel and faculty/staff. Use the code SMFS16 at checkout.

Space is limited!  For further information, contact Director of Education Stefan Kuehn at