FAQ

We have assembled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) in order to give you quick answers to questions about the program. If you don’t see the answer you are looking for, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the CCSC by emailing info@capecharlessailingcamp.com.

What forms do I need to fill out for my camper?

You will need to fill out the following forms by the first morning of camp: Sail Camp Student Registration Form, Medical/Health History Form, Photo Release Form and Risk Form. These forms are available on the CCSC website, please read over the Camper Information Guide, then complete the forms.

What communication should I expect to receive from CCSC?

After registering, you should receive a confirmation for registration for your camper. Included will be a copy of the Risk Form, Camper Information Guide, and Sail Camp Registration Form. These forms may not be emailed until July; however, they are available at any time on our Sail Camp page. The CCSC Camp Director and instructor will communicate any important changes. Updates of camp and important information will be available on the website and Facebook page.

What are the staff qualifications?

Camp instructors are experienced sailors. Each instructor holds a current US Sailing Level 1 Small Boat Instructor certification that includes First Aid and CPR/AED, as well as a NASBLA approved safe power boating course. All instructors over the age of 18 have cleared a background check and have previously participated in junior sailing camp programs.

What are the staff to student ratio?

Staffing levels are adjusted based on enrollment for each session. Each session with have 2 lead instructors.

What is a typical day?

Depending on your session times may vary but follow similar pattern

  • 9:00- Campers arrive and are signed in
  • 9:15 – Session begins with a weather report, review of previous day’s lessons learned and review of day’s schedule
  • 9:30- Dock review of new concepts, land drills and demonstrations
  • 10:15- Students rig boats and head to water for drills and games
  • 11:00 – Quick sailing break for snack and a review of session, introduction of sailing game/activity, then back on the water!
  • 12:00- Students return to shore to de-rig boats, practice knots, and review days lessons
  • 12:15- End of day boat check and clean-up as needed with water play time if available
  • 12:30-Session close with review of victories and challenges, Student pickup

Is there any special celebration or graduate to conclude the camp?

Yes, on Friday we will have a celebration for the campers. We encourage you to arrive about 1 hour early to watch your campers sail. There is even an opportunity for parents to sail with their camper, be prepared to get wet and bring clothes to change into!
Photos will be taken throughout the camp and provided to parents to share with friends and family.

Do you need to know how to sail to participate?

No sailing experience is required. Students should be comfortable around the water and must demonstrate the ability to swim the first day of camp.

Where is the swim test?

The swim test is conducted in the Oyster Farm F dock, right after arrival on Monday morning of camp. Students will complete a 25-yard swim unassisted. Students who miss the swim test will have to complete this requirement before participating in any camp activities.

When are the sessions?

  • July 22-26, Ages 8-12- morning session 9:00am-12:30pm, Ages 13-17, afternoon session 1:30 – 5:00pm
  • July 29- August 2 – Ages 8-12 – afternoon session 1:30-5:00pm, Ages 13-17, morning session 9:00am-12:30pm.

Do students repeat sessions?

Students whose sailing experience is limited to a single session often enjoy repeating the camp or beginner session. In the future, we will be offering an advanced sailing camp; however, the first year will be beginner sailing. If your child’s experience is 1 week of camp, they will benefit from reinforcing the skills in a group with their peers. If interested, there are opportunities for private and group advanced sailing lessons for your sailors. Please submit a form on our CCSC contact page to inquire about other options.

What type of boats are used?

Junior sailors will use Sunfish. The Sunfish was introduced in 1952, as a “next generation” improvement of the Sailfish. The Sunfish is 13’9” LOA with a beam of 4’1” and a daggerboard draft of 2’11” with a skill level of beginner to expert. The Sunfish hull is light enough to throw on top of a car with easy, and bulletproof construction ensures it will provide years of enjoyment with minimal maintenance. The Sunfish combines performance, stability and durability to provide comfortable, easy, fun sailing.

How many students per boat?

Students will be paired up on boats, but also have the opportunity to learn sailing by themselves.

What equipment do I or the camper need?

  • Students should be prepared for a day outside in the sun on the water. Sunscreen, as well as clothes and shoes that can be wet. Closed toe shoes which can be wet such as water shoes, crocks, keen sandals, or sneakers are required at all times kids are in water. Often, water shoes cause blisters the first couple times you wear them, so I would encourage the campers break in their shoes prior to camp. A cap or hat and sunglasses are advised, but don’t bring anything you are afraid to lose in the water. Each student should have a water bottle for use on the water and on shore.
  • A well-fitting Coast Guard approved Type III PFD (life jacket) designed for sailing or paddle sports is required, loaners are available from CCSC.

Do you provide PFD (life jackets)?

We recommend that each student bring their own well-fitting PFD. Loaner PFDs are available from CCSC. PFDs are available at most sporting good stores.

What will my camper receive when they complete their camp?

Each camper will receive a CCSC sailing certification and a camp t-shirt.

Does the program include meals?

Students will receive a snack during their session, however you are welcome to bring additional snacks.

Can I come on-site to watch or help?

Parents/grand-parents are welcome to watch the Camp activities as long as they are not distracting or disruptive to your student or others. There are benches located on C-pier, well placed for watching on the water. For safety purposes, the sailboats will be off limits outside of camp hours. Swimming is restricted and ill-advised around a large group of beginner sailors. Please plan on watching from shore.

Can I bring my boat and watch from the water?

You are welcome to use your boat away from the class activities, but dockage will not be included and should be organized with the Oyster Farm Marina Dock Master.

What if inclement weather is forecasted a day of camp?

Class sessions are help rain or shine. In the event of dangerous weather such as lightning, high winds or extreme heat, sessions will be held in the covered pavilion.

In most cases the instructor will rearrange the syllabus to do land activities until the weather has passed. If it is just light rain or cloudy be prepared to be out on the water. If there is severe weather, the instructor will call students to reschedule.

What is the cancellation policy?

We require two weeks’ notice for cancellations for a full refund. Any cancellations made within two weeks of the selected course will not be issued a refund.

These funds may be used to support another child’s registration from the community, who is unable to pay full-price for the camp.

Are there adult sailing classes?

There are opportunities for adults to learn to sail through private or group lessons. Please contact Hannah Twiddy at (757)550-1732, info@capecharlessailingcamp.com or submit an inquiry on the for more information. We are excited to teach everyone to learn to sail and will work with you to schedule!

SCHOLARSHIP SUPPORT OR OPPORTUNITIES? 

Are there any financial aid or scholarship opportunities to attend the summer camp?

Yes, pending availability. We are offering 4 scholarships to budding sailors from the support of the Cape Charles community and our Flagship sponsor, Cape Charles Yacht Club. If you are interested in taking advantage of the scholarship program, please ensure the discount is critical to making it possible for your child to attend. Please contact info@capecharlessailingcamp.com to find out more information. We want to do everything we can for your child to attend the sailing camp!

Interested in supporting a youth registration through the scholarship program?

If you would like to donate an additional $25 or more to support or send an underserved youth in the community to the sailing camp; please contact us to arrange this scholarship. There are youth in need on the Eastern Shore, and we would like to make it possible for them to attend this sailing program with your help. No matter the donation amount, anything helps contribute to these kid's registration.