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Chesapeake Bay Sailing School

Norton's Sailing School

Offering fully sanctioned ASA sailing classes to both beginners and
advanced students Norton Yachts is located in nearby Deltaville. ASA credentials are recognized world wide and enable certified sailors to charter sailboats at Norton's Sail Charters or with major charter companies elsewhere.

Norton teaches on late model Hunter sailboat with inboard power and
wheel steering. Boat sizes range from 28 to 34 feet. Norton Sailing School will even teach students on their own boat from the Tides Inn Marina if it is properly equipped.

Premier Sailing School

A Virginia sailing school near the Chesapeake Bay, has a well-deserved reputation for offering top quality instruction in a safe, fun environment. This professional sailing school located at the Tides Inn offers US Sailing Keelboat certificate courses plus a wide range of sailing options for families and for children as young as 6. 


Get your Boaters Education certificate - mandatory in many states and learn great powerboating skills on the water with Premier Sailing.  The school is now designated as a Safe Powerboating training centre by US Powerboating.  Two day and one day classes are open to adults and to kids age 12-17.

The Tides Inn is a perfect location with the shelter of the harbor for small boats plus the beach on one side for small boat sailing, as well as the marina on the other side with the wide waters of the Rappahannock River for big boat sailing.



No prior knowledge of sailing is needed.

You'll be exposed to different roles on the boat, including the helm (driver) position.

Each class is made up of only 4 students and a Captain certified in sailing instruction.

The keelboats are late model 30-36 feet in length with enclosed head, cabin, galley, and large cockpit.

This is a great way to feel what it's like to be on a keelboat in a fun, calm environment with a good instructor.


Norton's Sailing School invites you to discover the fun of sailing on
the Chesapeake Bay.   What are you waiting for…..sign up today!



Kids, Teens & Families at Premier Sailing

Young people age 6-18 can take sailing lessons at their own pace with stages from Introduction, Basics and Improvers to Advanced, Pre-Instructor and Race Training.

Families can choose options designed to accommodate the children's ages, how much time they'd like together, and what kind of sailing (if any) is preferred after the sailing lessons.

Sailing For Groups

Groups can choose from team-building events, competitive racing, or relaxing fun on the water. No prior experience is needed, because the skippers are skilled at introducing new crews to the basic tasks of sailing.

Numerous Choices Racing

Experience match racing or dinghy sailing right at the Tides Inn. And be sure to ask about Learn to Sail packages.