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Sailing association

1. Fill out and complete the appropriate liability release form i.e. Youth or Adult.

2. Schedule a competency test by calling or emailing Harrison Koller, 843.216.8450

3. Once you pass the On The Water Competency Test, you must pay your dues on our online marketplace.

Membership Full Year /Half Year

Community- $600 / $395

CofC Faculty/ Staff/Alumni- $515/ $355

Current CofC Student- $315/$255

Family Membership- Add $100/ Add $60 (No guest fee for family and multiple skippers may be on the account)

Monthly- $250

There is a fee of $5 per guest per sail for members that wish to bring along non-members (No guest fee for family with the Family Membership) and there is a $100.00 grounding fee. Active military and seniors (over 65) qualify for a 10% discount on all membership types; use promotion code SMFS16 when completing online checkout via marketplace. (Note, please schedule a Check Sail prior to paying for your membership.)

Allows you access to our j22 ‘Club Sails’ (3/4 size sails)
Must pass competencies test , which include demonstrating the following skills:
-Rigging a J22 (Club Sails)
-Identify proper safety equipment required for sailing.
-Points of Sail with proper sail trim
-How to get in and out of Irons
-Gybing (controlled)
-Heading up and falling off
-De-powering under sail.
-Identify the Channel
-Right of Way Rules
– Man-over board recovery (Preferably ‘Figure 8 Recovery‘)
-Demonstrate proper VHF use

Allows you access to our j22 ‘Full Size Sails’
Must pass competencies test , which include demonstrating the following skills:
-Rigging the Full Sails
-Depowering the boats by using the proper sail controls

Allows you access to our j22 ‘Spinnaker’
Must pass competencies test , which include demonstrating the following skills:

-Rigging the Spinnaker
-Demonstrate hoisting the Spinnaker
-Gybing the Spinnaker
-Dousing the Spinnaker
-Packing the kite

Normal Hours of Operation:
Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm


Fall 2020 Update

Education access are two key components of what we provide here at CofC Sailing.  

Summer camps for kids were almost completely booked this year.  We spread kids out with indoor and outdoor classroom space to maximize distancing while not on the water.  Temporary tents set up each day and lots of swimming during breaks kept kids fresh cool when at the center.  Feedback was phenomenal and we couldn’t have been prouder of our team.  We had 8 volunteers helping throughout the summer and 5 paid instructors.  Teaching on the J-22’s allows for a wonderful hands on experience for youth sailors of a wide range skill and ages.

Adult classes were also popular in the spring and early summer and this fall’s PE courses filled up in the second half of the semester.  Next semester is filling up quickly as well.  I’ll note that this course is no gimme.  I helped correct finals last semester really was challenged by some of the questions on their exams.  It’s a class we have been teaching for over 40 years and it’s never been an easy A. 

Joel Bays our director of community outreach has led a strong charge to increase memberships by reaching out to former members and folks that have taken our adult and youth courses in the past few years. He’s been booking check rides and private lessons all summer and throughout the fall and has built up our base. Even at over 100 members it’s rare that all our J-22’s are out so if you or friends in the Charleston area would like to get more time on the water please let us know.  This is a great way to support our program while enjoying the beauty of the Charleston Harbor. 

Outside of the normal programs we have a few interesting things happening in the coming year.  We are set to host the National Hospice Alliance Championship Regatta early in June which is attended by the winners of regional Hospice events.  These sailors are not only talented but dedicated to a great cause. This event is kind of a thank you to them for their dedication and Charleston was chosen as a treat for the teams to enjoy. This year we are working more closely with the regional Hospice organization to have a fundraiser at this event but also to develop plans for a local Hospice regatta, something we don’t currently have.   

Sailing with a view

It’s the perfect spot for mingling , relaxing and taking in a gorgeous view of the city all while doing what you love, sailing. Don’t forget to bring your life jacket!

meet up

The J. Stewart Walker Jr. Sailing Center Complex is a picturesque and perfect spot for socializing with your fellow team-mates, friends or tuning out the modern world entirely by unwinding with a relaxing sail in Charleston Harbor.


Home to the Charleston Cougars, where else can you learn to sail like a National Champion? Be sure to stop by to see what our beautiful sailing facility has to offer.