The Outer Banks Community Sailing Program located at the boat shop on the Manteo Waterfront is an "on-the-water program" of the Roanoke Island Maritime Museum. The youth program started in 2000 to make the adventure of sailing available to youth in Dare County and visitors. The application can be found in the forms & fees
section of our website.
The youth sailing program is eight week-long sessions beginning the second week in June and running through the first week in August. The program is open to youth 8 to 16 years old. The program helps participants develop self-reliance, sportsmanship, knowledge and respect for the forces of nature while ensuring boating safety awareness through a combination of classroom and on-the-water time. Classes are designed to teach beginning sailors basic sailing skills and seamanship and to improve the sailing skills of intermediate sailors. Scholarships and family rates are available.
Boatbuilding plans usually come as scale drawings and tables of numbers on a few sheets of paper. Lofting is the process of taking that information and using it to produce full-sized drawings for patterns from which a boat can be built. It is the first step in boatbuilding and the most common stumbling block for anyone starting off on their own. Students loft a boat following a sequence of steps which is reusable for any boat to be lofted in the future and gain a working knowledge of the terminology and the process. (16 hours). This two-day workshop is offered mid-March 9AM – 5PM. The instructor is Craig Blackwell. This course has been popular with local craftsmen working in the boatbuilding industry. The cost per student is $120. Limit : Minimum 4