LET’S GO SAILING in Williamsburg, Yorktown, Gloucester VA

As a unique event on vacation or here at home, you can enjoy an ideal getaway with your own private party of up to six people on a leisurely cruise along the historic York River. Modern 32-foot Hunter sloop offers a comfortable cockpit, catbird seats, cooler of ice, and “head” restroom. Cruises embark twice a day from Yorktown and Gloucester Point. Here’s an extraordinary gift for an anniversary, honeymoon, graduation or family reunion.

Call 757-876-8654 for reservations. Rates are $130 couples, $250 families, $300 groups.

For details, go to williamsburgchartersails.com.


Meet the Captain:

Bill O’Donovan holds a 50-ton captain’s license with the US Coast Guard. Need sailing lessons? He is a certified sailing instructor with the American Sailing Association. He has undergone sailing instruction by J School in Key West and by the American Sailing Association in South Carolina. He has sailed the York River nearly 20 years, where he teaches an adult class for the community-based Williamsburg Area Learning Tree.

Our Fleet

When you join us for your sailboat charter, you’ll sail on a 32-foot modern Hunter complete with in-mast furling and oversized sails for maximum speed. Sophisticated controls reduce the size of the sails to minimize leaning and ensure everyone’s comfort. A giant colorful spinnaker is raised for light downwind running. Yanmar 18 horsepower diesel powers the boat in creeks.

With sailing instruction through our sailing school you’ll learn what will enable you to sail most any boat. The boat meets all US Coast Guard standards and has shipshape equipment, including color-coordinated lines and well-marked blocks.

With our many charter sailing options, we have the right tour whether you’re visiting our area from out of town and in search of a unique vacation adventure,  an employer wanting the perfect corporate retreat or a local looking for a fun family chartered sailboat trip.

For details, go to williamsburgchartersails.com.

Sailing school, boating classes offered in Williamsburg

imageKids from ages 8 to 17 learn to sail with Premier Sailing School at Two Rivers Yacht Club in Governors Land. Using Optimists (small kid-size prams) and 420’s (college racing sailboats), kids learn over a five-day course to build up their skills and work their way up through five levels. This year the school is also offering safe power boating courses for adults and for children over 12. The course covers all the state-required learning. Half of the course takes place out on the water, driving boats and learning lots of boat handling skills. On completion of the course students get their U.S. Power boating Safe Powerboat Handling certificate and also their Lifetime Virginia Boaters Education cards.

Call Premier Sailing at 804-438-9300 for more information or visit www.premiersailing.com

Sailing Camp at Two Rivers

Young Sailors Courses

Young people and children take naturally to sailing. We are specialists in teaching children to sail. Our sailing program for children was developed , by us, from the Royal Yachting Association Young Sailors Program which breaks down the learning process into many stages so that each child can learn at his or her own pace. Courses run Monday to Friday, 9.30 to 3.30.

Stage 1 (Introduction)
Stage 2 (Basic)
Stage 3 (Intermediate)
Stage 4 (Advanced)
Stage 5 ( Pre – Instructor)
Race Training Course

We have been using this program for years and have successfully taught hundreds of young people from age 6 upwards (age 8 at Williamsburg location) to sail with confidence and have fun! We use Optimists, Sunfish, Lasers , and believe in having each child sailing their own boat from the first day.

 You should be Sailing !

By the end of the week, they will have enough confidence and enough skill to make a boat go anywhere they want. We take great care to treat each child as an individual and never to frighten them by asking them to do something before they are ready.

Children can move up through the stages of the program from one year to the next, and for the more advanced young sailors we run Race Training and Team Racing courses.

Children love to sail! 

We organize lots of different sailing activities for children including 5 day sailing camps, race training camps, and afternoon sailing birthday parties.

Children can take shorter courses of 2,3 or 4 days if lack of time is an issue, and costs can be calculated per day.

* A full day for children is 9:30 – 3:30 with a lunch break

We have been running the sailing program at Two Rivers Yacht Club in Governors Land in Williamsburg since 2001.  This program is made open to the public in an ongoing effort by Two Rivers Yacht Club to introduce sailing to more and more young people.

The fleet here is comprised of Optimists (the international children’s boat, suitable for kids from age 8 to age 12) , 420’s (two man performance dinghy with spinnaker, suitable for teenagers) , Sunfish (suitable for teenagers) . We sail from the beach here – the river is very shallow which makes it very easy to launch and to return to the beach.

 Dates for the 2013 Sailing Program 

June  17-21

June 24-28

July 8-12

July 15-19

July 22-26

Plus Safe Powerboating two day courses on:

July 29/30

July 31/Aug 1


The Yacht Club makes a number of awards to young sailors each summer – weekly awards based on performance or character and at the end of the season two special awards which are :

The Captain William B. Kirkland Perpetual Award for best overall sailor:- Contenders this year were Matthew Allison, Caden Ellis, Cole Frankenhoff, Courtney Schreiber, Brett Schreiber,

2012 Winner:   Brett Schreiber

The David J. Kirkland Seamanship Trophy for best Optimist sailor:-  Contnders this year were Parker Driscoll, Cole Frankenhoff and Russell Lee

2012 winner –  Russell Lee

2013 Prices   – Don’t forget to take  Early Bird discount if you pay in full before 17th March!

One Week                                                        $395   with early bird  $355

Two or more children from same household              $350   with early bird  $315

Additional Weeks                                              $299  early bird  not applicable

More info here

About us and our instructors.

Premier Sailing was founded by Irish sailors Phil and Arabella Denvir.

Both are steeped in sailing tradition, starting from the long tradition of sailing in Ireland. Both are keen racers, having raced small boats and big. They are classic wooden boat enthusiasts, having owned and restored boats like the famous Merle of Malham, and the 1900 classic cutter “Rowena, which they have cruised in Ireland and in the southwest of England. Arabella races on the women’s match racing circuit and is currently ranked in the ISAF World ranking list.

The Denvirs moved to Malta in 1993 and founded Malta Sailing School, which ran the Royal Yachting Association Certification program for adults and for children. They are also well known for having founded the Malta Young Sailors Club, which is a thriving Optimist and Laser racing club for young sailors.

In 1998 they moved to the USA to establish Premier Sailing at The Tides Inn in Irvington.

With great regret we have to say that Philip Denvir passed away in July 2011.  He is deeply missed by all of us, instructors, staff and customers alike.

The school continues  in the same tradition which is to give high quality personalized instruction in a safe, friendly, and fun environment, and to encourage our students to pursue excellence.

Junior Sailing Program at Seaford Yacht Club

Fifty youngsters signed up for the Junior Sailing Program at the Seaford Yacht Club this summer. At the end of the
season a “Green” Regatta was held to give the kids a feel for what a sailboat race was all about. The regatta was
held on Aug. 11 with parents in attendance. The onlookers were ferried out to the race site by club members so they
could enjoy watching what the junior sailors had learned. Each sailor received a participation medal. The race was
followed by a lunch prepared and hosted by club members.