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Oriental's School of Sailing

Sailcraft Marina, 1400 Tosto Circle, Oriental, NC 28571
+1 252-249-0960
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Completely agree with the other 5 star reviews!

Will is a gifted instructor and was organized and patient in his instructional approach. We... read more

Reviewed 2 June 2017
Brentwood, Tennessee
Great Experience

My Husband took the week long sailing course from Will. He had a great experience. Only 3 people... read more

Reviewed 7 April 2017
Goose Creek, South Carolina
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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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Sailcraft Marina, 1400 Tosto Circle, Oriental, NC 28571
+1 252-249-0960
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Reviewed 2 June 2017

Will is a gifted instructor and was organized and patient in his instructional approach. We covered a tremendous amount of material and he will make sure that you know what you need to know! The Basic Keelboat Course that he taught had the perfect balance...More

Thank LauraN6152017
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

My Husband took the week long sailing course from Will. He had a great experience. Only 3 people taking the basic course. Will has a good knowledge of sailing. My Husband said that he learned a lot, and now feels comfortable sailing that sailboat that...More

1  Thank Carole56
Reviewed 17 November 2016

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...More

Thank Johngc74
Reviewed 4 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....More

Thank bossmankx
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

Thank chuckw41
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.

1  Thank jhchnc
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,...More

Thank Gayle H
Reviewed 1 October 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...More

Thank Tim C
Reviewed 22 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.

1  Thank David B
Reviewed 4 August 2015

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

Thank bigpackdaddy
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