Things To Do This Summer: 4 Classic Sports
For lifelong enjoyment consider golf, equestrian, tennis, and sailing
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Featured ASA Certified Venues: SailTime, Norfolk/Virginia Beach; and Stingray Point Sailing School, Deltaville
Simply learn to sail, or have all the benefits of boat access without the headaches by becoming a member, or owner-member. No prior sailing experience required. Even the youngest members of the instruction/sailing staff have a depth of knowledge that is enviable by any standard. Instructors are patient and encouraging, and their enthusiasm is catching. Instruction taking place at Willoughby Marina is augmented by hands-on learning aboard a rotating fleet of gleaming boats that sail from Bay Point Marina.
SailTime has sailing courses and private instruction designed to meet multiple needs. Learn to sail aboard your own vessel, study coastal navigation, experience coastal cruising, or take your docking and sail trimming skills to the next level.
Just curious, and would like to find out if sailing is for you? Book an affordable, two- or four-hour Discover Sail cruise. If you’re looking for boat ownership, or for access to professionally maintained vessels, you’re invited to explore surprisingly affordable and flexible options via SailTime’s Owner/Member programs. Lessons are primarily geared toward adults, but younger students who display ability to concentrate, and a desire to learn are welcome.
Contact: SailTime Norfolk/Virginia Beach
Stingray Point Sailing School
Passionate sailors Bill and Cheryl Simpson have more than 35 years of sailing experience. They invite you to make sailing your next great adventure. Located in the heart of the Bay at the Deltaville Yacht Center complex, this Middle Peninsula destination at Stingray Point is a boating paradise. Deltaville’s historic maritime traditions make it the ‘Boatbuilding Capital of the Chesapeake Bay,’ and it is the place that Bill and Cheryl selected to house their ASA-certified school.
The instruction is primarily focused on adults, and they provide Basic and Advanced options—from a two-hour introduction to sail to basic coastal cruising, bareboat chartering, challenge certification and basic keelboat sailing. They will also conduct private instruction on your own boat.
“Sailing really is a lifestyle. There is such joy and freedom when you’re out on the water in such a rewarding environment. Sailing can provide people with a lifetime of adventure, even in local waters. The Bay is full of quiet, secluded areas that seem a world away. You can see the grins on the faces of our students as they put what they’ve learned into practice out on the water.” —Cheryl Simpson
Contact: Capt. Bill Simpson
Additional local resources for youth and adults:
• Norfolk - sailnauticus.org/kids-programs/summer-camp 757-823-4242
• Hampton Roads/Old Dominion University - www.bigbluesailingacademy.com
• Irvington/Williamsburg - www.premiersailing.com