Edward Teach Youth Sailing Association

Welcome to the Membership Section of ETYSA!  Here you will be able to (1) Join ETYSA and (2) Sign up for clinics and other events!  Membership is required to attend our sailing camps - you can join and create your personal login and password by clicking on the "Memberships" tab at the top of the page!  To find an individual camp or event to register for, click on the "Events" tab

May 19, 2021 News update:  

ETYSA Family:

The Edward Teach Youth Sailing Association is moving forward with our Summer Sailing Camps for 2021! These plans include smaller class sizes and safety measures to ensure the safest possible camp environment. We expect to continue the reasonable social distancing efforts you as parents have created with your children.

All camps are held at Blackbeard Sailing Club, 1215 Barkentine Dr., New Bern NC

To enroll a child in camp this summer, you will follow the following steps:

Step #1: Join ETYSA - annual Family Membership of $50 (or sponsor Membership of $100) is required  to attend camp.

Step #2: Sign up for the desired session - ETYSA summer camps are $175 per weekly session. Registration is open now

You can join ETYSA and sign up for camp at:


2021 Summer Camp Schedule


  • June 28-July 1:  Junior Instructor Week\ - This week is an orientation for paid camp staff and selected volunteers.

  • July 12-16:  Camp 1 Beginners/Intermediate

  • July 19-23:  Camp 2 Beginners/Intermediate

  • July 26-30:  Camp 3 Beginners/Intermediate

  • August 2 – 6: Camp 4  - Three distinct options - (1) Race Camp – for selected sailors interested in learning more about sailboat racing and refining skills (2) Beginner - for incoming Middle and High School Students; (3) Intermediate/Advanced - for kids with at least 1 week prior ETYSA experience, or comparable

  • NEW!!  Adult Sailing Lessons - Weekday afternoons/evenings - July 12th - August 6th - $200 for three sessions (email for more information - register for more information - no payment required until specific dates/times are selected!)  More information at

ETYSA Sailing Camps are structured to allow 8-16 year olds learn to sail with quality instructors in a safe and supportive environment. Our Sailing Instructors are, at a minimum, Level 1 certified and will be supported by a team of local sailing volunteers.  Attendees will be trained to sail on the Neuse River. The ETYSA fleet consists of OptiTopaz and 420 sailboats.

Our Junior Sailing Program offers week long summer sessions providing instruction in basic dinghy sailing, exposing juniors to different types of sailboats, including a mixture of fun and on and off-the-water activities. The main goal is to promote interest in sailing, to provide knowledge & experience in safe boating, and to have fun. Come join us!

Previous camp experiences found at Edward Teach Youth Sailing Association on Facebook. and

Our students will be expected to:

1-    Pass a swim test; this will involve treading water without a life jacket.

2-    Follow the directions of the instructor, the rules of the program & of Blackbeard Sailing Club.

3-    Wear appropriate clothing (including USCG-approved vest-type life jacket and water shoes-no flip flops!)

4-    Be at least 8 years old.

Each Junior Sailing session will begin with a class meeting. The day’s activities will be discussed & agreed on, and the weather forecast will be an integral part of each session’s planning. The initial session will be focused on gaining familiarity with the boats & with the “feel” of being afloat. Later emphasis will be on getting out on the water & having fun. There will be “land drills” so that lessons & exercises can be demonstrated in a controlled environment.

Proficiency in sailing skills will be encouraged by games. Some of the games will be played by teams, some by individual sailors. Some will be on the water in the boats, some will be on land. Some games will be competitive (ie have a ‘winner’) and some will be cooperative. Each game will emphasize some particular sailing knowledge or skill, such as sailing without a rudder, stopping the boat in a precisely controlled manner, tossing dock lines, or simulating rescues.

The juniors will be expected to rig & launch the boats for sailing, and at the end of each sailing session, they will be expected to unrig the boats & properly put away all gear. Instructors will promote the good care & maintenance of boats & equipment.

Sessions are M-F 9:00am to 3:00pm – bring your own lunch

Directions to Blackbeard Sailing Club:

Camp address:  1215 Barkentine Dr, New Bern, NC

At the Fairfield Harbour entrance on Broad Creek Rd, turn left on Cassowary Ln.  Stay in the left lane,  and speak into the voice box.  Say you are going to BSC for Junior Sailing Camp. Go through the gate and turn right on Coal Reef Dr.  Then take first left onto Barkentine, follow it around.  BSC will be on the left side of the road.

Click here for What to bring to Camp

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ETYSA organizes sailing camps and weekend events providing instruction in all phases and aspects of the sport of sailing, including seamanship, safety afloat, navigation, racing rules and tactics, and race committee functions.

We have Optimist sailboats for beginner through advanced sailors age 8 - 15(80 to 125 lbs)  Additionally, we utilize 6 Topaz sailboats as a new option for double handed sailing for kids and adults. Check out the Topaz boats here.  For older kids, we have added the Club 420 sailboat to our fleet. The Club 420 is a two person dingy which forms the base of many local, high school and collegiate programs in North America. Simple for beginning sailors and yet challenging enough for collegiate champions. The Club 420 offers more learning opportunities than any other double-handed boat. Over 5,000 Club 420s are sailed in youth, high school and collegiate programs all over the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.Opti hiking