Adult Sailing

Adult Learn-To-Sail

Learn to sail at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club!  Our basic Learn-to-Sail classes are designed for adults with little or no sailing experience.  As BYSC has grown through the years, we noticed a real need to provide sailing education for new members who wanted to make full use of our facilities.  Junior Sailing of Beaufort wanted to extend that mission to the entire community of Beaufort.  The primary goal of the Adult LTS program is to provide adults with opportunities to get on the water and enjoy the sport of sailing.

The Course

The course is set up as a four-day seminar for the adult with minimal sailing experience.
The following skills will be introduced and practiced:

Rigging and de-rigging the boat

Starting, stopping, and controlling boat speed while sailing

Leaving and returning to the dock under sail or outboard, as appropriate

Using sail controls

Tacking, jibing, and getting out of the no-go-zone

Sailing around a set course

Basic navigation rules

The class is taught on a sailboat known as an S2.  The S2 is the ideal platform to learn how to sail without sailing alone.  Participants will learn aboard a large keelboat with four students total and one instructor.  This will provide the opportunity for hands-on experience with the teacher on the same boat.  Participants will rotate through various crew positions including ample time at the helm.

The goal of the course is to produce sailors who could skipper or crew on a daysailing keelboat in familiar waters and in light or moderate wind conditions.

The Schedule

Each seminar would cover 16 hours of instruction over four days.

Thursday, 2 hours, in class and on the boat while docked.  5:30-7:30

Friday, 2 hours, in class and on the boat while docked.  5:30-7:30

Saturday, 6 hours beginning on land and mainly on the water.  10:30-4:30

Sunday, 6 hours beginning on land and mainly on the water.  10:30-4:30


JSB has to ensure a minimum of four students to make these classes possible.  Thus we ask people to visit our SignUp Genius web page (listed below) and indicate what month they would be available.  Once there are four people who have indicated interest, the instructor will then contact them to schedule specific dates.

Cost is $275 for BYSC members and $325 for non-members.  Payment is not required for initial registration.

Other Learning Opportunities

JSB also offers private sailing lessons with our US Sailing certified instructor.  These are offered on-demand and cost $50 an hour with a four-hour minimum.  Please contact the instructor directly through email.

Instructor Information

The instructor is BYSC member Scott Gordon.  Scott is a US Sailing Level I Small Boat Instructor.  He is also an educator in the public schools with 20 years’ experience.  His sailing experience includes racing small boats, keelboats, and coastal cruising.  He has taught people sailing from ages 5-70 in the past 20 years.