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Oriental's School of Sailing

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Address: Sailcraft Marina, 1400 Tosto Circle, Oriental, NC 28571
Phone Number: +1 252-249-0960
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We teach sailing and power boating from beginner to expert levels, using US...

We teach sailing and power boating from beginner to expert levels, using US Sailing and US Powerboating certified curricula. We also do customized and individualized training based on the student's background, experience, and needs. We teach in our boats or in your boat.

We charter sailboats in our home NC location and can help you charter in other locations around the world.

We can help you make the buying decisions necessary to select a sail or power boat that meets your needs and recommend a reputable broker to help you with the purchase.

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Basic Keelboat sailing course well done and very enjoyable.

This 4-day course in basic keelboat sailing is an excellent balance between creative classroom instruction and practical experience on the water. A lot of thought and care was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Johngc74
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This 4-day course in basic keelboat sailing is an excellent balance between creative classroom instruction and practical experience on the water. A lot of thought and care was put in the course materials and classroom aids such as a scale model of a sloop rigged sailboat complete with miniature hardware and scaled lines. A common room fan was used in... More 

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North Carolina Coast, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

I attended the basic keelboat course with Jim Nixon and Chris German. Chris is an excellent instructor, and the amount of knowledge gained throughout the course was impressive. He answered questions and helped tailor the course to our needs beyond what basic knowledge was required. I came into the course having never been sailing on anything other than a small... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

just finished my Basic Keelboat Cert class. The instruction from Jim and later Chris, on and off the water,was excellent and the time in little Oriental was great. What a cool little town. A great experience. Jim and now Chris are

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Thank chuckw41
Carrboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016

An excellent experience for this total beginner. Jim and Gordon, our instructors, were everything you could hope for -- knowledgeable, experienced, and friendly. You'll have a great time! The other students in my class were fun, too.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2015

If you are thinking about learning the basics of sailing, I highly recommend Jim Nixon and Oriental's School of Sailing. As a "newbie", Jim was very patient and encouraged me to go outside my comfort zone. In a class with two other guys with experience, Jim was able to challenge them as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

This was a great first time sailing experience. Captain Jim Nixon is an excellent trainer/instructor. He kept safety a priority while still keeping the sailing fun. He was able to get "the crew" sailing quickly on the water and had us very comfortable at the helm the first day. Both my wife and I highly recommend this school for the... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2015

A great experience. Jim Nixon does his best to take very raw material and turn it into competent (relatively) sailors. The week was fun, challenging, enlightening, broadening.

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Lexington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2015

Would highly recommend taking this class under Capt Jim Nixon. Gave great advice and insights in the class.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2015

I learned to sail in three days! We had a great time, Capt. Nixon is an excellent teacher. The facility and boats are top notch. Be prepared to work Capt. Nixon takes competent, safe sailing seriously. We spent a lot of time on the water. I highly recommend this school.

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Lancaster, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2015

Outstanding learning experience! I had very little knowledge of boat, particularly sailboats, and I absorbed a lot of information, but more importantly, got hands-on experience on all aspects of a sailing vessel. Highly recommend. Captain Nixon was great!

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