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Your child can spend an exciting week learning to sail on the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront! 

Our fun, hands-on camps include water and shore-based activities led by certified instructors. Your child will experience the water in a whole new way while learning the principles of sailing and water safety. Our Harbor 20s are safe and ideal performance sailboats that are perfect for any type of sailor, and can hold up to 4 campers. Each boat will have a certified instructor on board to provide more personalized training for each student.


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Our Harbor 20s are safe and ideal performance sailboats that are perfect for any type of sailor, and can hold up to 5 campers. Each boat will have a certified instructor on board to provide more personalized training for each student.

Summer Camp 2018 will run for 7, 1-week sessions, June 18-Aug 10. Registration will open Feb. 2018. 

Sail Quest (Ages 8-15):

Choose your dates below to register!

Price per session: $250

June 18-22 June 25-29 July 9-13 Jully 16-20 July 23-27 July 30-Aug 3 Aug 6-10

Our award-winning flagship summer camp, Sail Quest, will be back in 2018 for another exciting year! Sail Quest is a hands-on sailing and maritime science camp. Students will learn the basics of sailing a small keelboat, including boat rigging, water safety, confidence and teamwork.  Students will participate in various land-based activities focusing on river ecology, maritime science, and STEM, while using the many resources of the Nauticus campus to complement their sailing knowledge.  Sail Quest is a beginner sailing camp, so no experience is required! 

Sail Voyagers (Ages 10-15):

Choose your dates below to register!

Price per session: $295

June 18-22 June 25-29 July 9-13 Jully 16-20 July 23-27 July 30-Aug 3 Aug 6-10

Sail Voyagers is an advanced sailing camp, for students who have prior sailing experience, or who have attended a Sail Quest camp with us in the past. Campers will learn more advanced sailing techniques, including being able to cruise safely in local waters and planning their own voyage. They will refine their skills learned in Sail Quest, while also learning reefing, docking, anchoring, and man over board drills.   While on land, campers will learn chart reading, plotting, coastal navigation skills, and the concepts of currents and how they function.  They will also learn the important role of tides and weather and how to predict them in order to help plan their own sailing expedition. We will be using iPads and Promethean Boards to access up-to-date maritime technology and facilitate learning these important skills.

Please call us for more information (757) 823-4242.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How early/late can I drop off/pick up my child?
    Each camp starts daily at 8:30 a.m. and ends promptly at 1:30 p.m. We ask all parents/caregivers to drop their child off in front of Nauticus at 8:15 a.m. and pick them up at the same spot at 1:30 p.m. A Sail Nauticus instructor will be with the children while they are in front of the Nauticus building.
  • Who will accompany my child on the sailboat?
    Children in groups of four or three (depending on which program) will be taught by a certified instructor on each Harbor 20.
  • Can my child be on the same boat as his/her sibling/friend?
    While we try to give our campers a diverse experience and encourage new friendships, we will do our best to accommodate your request!
  • What happens if it rains?
    Sailing in rain is a sail you’ll remember, especially if the wind is up. Safety is our priority, and we will not sail if lightning/thunder or any other threatening weather scenario has been identified, nor will we sail in winds above 20 knots. If bad weather occurs, land-based activities will go on until the weather clears up.
  • What if my child just barely misses the age cut-off? Do you make exceptions?
    We will be happy to add your child to our waiting list for a camp when they do not meet the age criteria. We will notify you no later than a week before camp if we are able to accommodate them.
  • Do you provide lunch?
    No. You must ensure that your child brings a lunch every day.