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Where can you find out how to sail and boat safely in the Wilmington area?

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Surf City Parks and Recreation day campers on Ken Yackly’s boat during a class on Boating Safely taught by Yackly and Bill Woodhouse, members of the Greater Topsail Area Coast Guard Auxiliary. Contributed photo.

There are a couple places to find sailing lessons in the Wilmington area. Here are a few options:

For starters, Cape Fear Sailing Academy is based out of Southport. It’s piled up the sailing awards, according to its web site, www.capefearsailingacademy.com. The academy offers a collection of classes from basic sailing to advanced coastal cruising. Courses run from two days for the basic sailing course for $489 per person to a four-day cruise on the water for $1,600.

Also in Southport is Priority Sailing, which offers cruises for between $75 and $60 per adult, depending on the boat chartered. The company also offers a collection of classes, starting with introduction to sailing with $80 for a 3.5 to 4-hour lesson. Check out their full repertoire here: www.prioritysailing.com

In Wilmington, Sail Wilmington NC (www.Sailwilmingtonnc.com) offers sailing tours on the Cape Fear River that can include instruction. Prices start for $75 for a private, one-hour tour.

Local flotillas of the Coast Guard Auxiliary periodically offer courses on boating safety.

Click here to learn about classes offered byWilmington Flotilla 10-06.

And click here for information about classes offered by the Greater Topsail Area Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 10-09.

If anyone knows of other classes offered to the public, let us know in the Comments below.



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