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“An excellent introduction to sailing!”

Oriental's School of Sailing
Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Oriental
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Owner description: 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.
Wilmington, North Carolina
2 reviews
“An excellent introduction to sailing!”
Reviewed 29 December 2013

I took this course at the suggestion of my son and I came away fully satisfied. Captain Jim Nixon presented a serious, well organized and thorough program on the basics of keel boat sailing - all with a light touch. Equipment was in good shape, we had sufficient time to practice sailing skills and we all passed the US Sailing test. Overall, the course was an excellent introduction to sailing.

John F

Visited November 2013
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Durham, North Carolina
1 review
“Educational, entertaining and economical”
Reviewed 26 December 2013

My father and I decided to spend a week taking the basic keelboat class with Captain Jim Nixon. Even before we arrived, we had formed a very positive impression of the school, as we were mailed our course materials in timely fashion. Furthermore, Jim gave us an excellent recommendation of a campground in Bayboro where we could park our RV trailer. The course itself was very thorough. Jim's years of teaching experience showed in his relaxed yet businesslike presentation, and we finished the course feeling very confident in our ability to handle a keelboat in fair conditions. Jim made sure we understood the points of sail, the names of all essential parts of the boat, all essential knots and all essential emergency procedures. We also enjoyed the introduction we got to the Oriental social scene when we joined Jim and his wife for dinner at open mic night at The Silos, one of several restaurants in town. A wonderful experience, highly recommended.

Visited November 2013
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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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3 reviews
“Oriental School of Sailing”
Reviewed 15 November 2013

Once again, the course was exceptional. Captain Nixon (and earlier Daniels) provided needed updates in knowledge and hands-on sailing experience. Incredible patience complemented by a firm and no nonsense hand made for an ideal opportunity to learn and re-learn some of the essentials. Now it is up to me to make the most of it by continuing where the course left off.

Visited November 2013
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Carrboro, North Carolina
1 review
“Fun and well-priced sailboat charter”
Reviewed 7 October 2013

My husband and I have chartered the school's Cal 24 two weekends now. We had a great time sailing around Oriental and found that the daily prices were reasonable. Jim met us at the dock and gave us a full orientation and pointed out some of the finnicky things on the boat. The nearby waters provided some great places to explore and anchor up for a swim. And, when the winds were up we had a great time just cruising. We will definitely be coming back!

Visited October 2013
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Richmond, Virginia
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“Great place to charter a sailboat”
Reviewed 16 July 2013

Last Sunday marked our 3rd annual chartering of a 24-ft sailboat from Oriental's School of Sailing. All three experiences were great. We took out their Cal 24 in two of those years and one of their C&C 24s in the other, since the wind was gusting to 20 knots that year. Both boats are a ton of fun and Jim Nixon does a good job of helping ensure it goes that way. We'll be back for more.

Visited July 2013
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