Privateer Sailing Education Foundation

COVID 19 UPDATE - June 1, 2020

Waiting List:  As of June 08, 2020, all weeks of Sail Camp are full.  If you are interested in this year's sail camp, we will put you on a waiting list and will let you know if there is a cancellation. 

In planning Sail Camp 2020, we are taking guidance from local authorities. We will open Sail Camp on June 15.

The safety of your child and our staff are of top priority, but in the end each family has the responsibility of deciding to attend or not.

The number of participants in Sail Camp each week is relatively small (16 students) compared to other camps. In most cases, each camper has their own boat. To the best of our ability, we have enacted social distancing protocols. While this is no guarantee, it does lessen exposure.

Registration is open: We believe we will sell out this year but we can put you on our standby list in case there is a cancellation. Send an email to to be added to the standby list if Sail Camp is full, or if the week you want is no longer available.

Sail Camp Covid-19 Guidelines


What could be better than a week of Learn to SAIL CAMP, improving your sailing skills, and making new friends?  Sailing is a perfect activity for anyone that enjoys water sports and outdoor recreation. Sailing can be exciting or relaxing.  Regardless of age, ability or limitations, sailing has something for everyone.

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NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION: Sail Camp is provided by Privateer Sailing Education Foundation (PSEF). A non-profit, 501C3 corporation that is located on the Privateer Yacht Club property, Hixson, Tennessee. We appreciate your ideas, support, and donations.

CURRICULUM: Students are taught to sail in PSEF owned boats ranging in size from 8 to 13 feet. The staff consists of Instructors certified by the United States Sailing Authority. The main emphasis of the camp is fun and safety. Campers will learn: to speak the language of sailing, how to rig their own boat, use the wind to sail in any direction, to right the boat when it tips over, then put away the boat at day’s end. While on shore campers meet new friends while being taught: care of their boat, rules of safe boating, how to tie useful knots, do some swimming, paddling, hiking and much more. Lunch and snacks are provided. Learning to sail their own boat across the lake and safely returning to shore gives your child increased self-esteem and confidence in their abilities. Most campers return for several weekly camps year after year.

REQUIREMENTS:  Students must be: 8 to 17 years old, mature, able to learn, follow directions and be open to new exciting water sports. Students are required to: Pass a swim test, bring a comfortable Coast Guard approved life jacket and “close toed” sneakers or water shoes. 

PARENTS HANDBOOK - Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

SCHEDULE: Camp sessions are one week long (Monday through Friday) and run from 8:45 am to 4 pm.

Week 1 - (June 1 - June 5 CANCELED!)

Week 2 - (June 8 - June 12 CANCELED!)

Week 3 - (June 15 - June 19 CLASS FULL!  Waiting List Only.)

Week 4 - (June 22 - June 26 CLASS FULL!  Waiting List Only.)

Week 5 - (June 29 - July 3 CLASS FULL!  Waiting List Only.)

Week 6 - (July 6 - July 10 CLASS FULL!  Waiting List Only.)

Week 7 - (July 13 - July 17 CLASS FULL! Waiting List Only.)

Week 8 - (July 20 - July 24 CLASS FULL!  Waiting List Only.)

COST: $300 per session per student.  Enrollment is not guaranteed until payment is received.

DISCOUNTS & SCHOLARSHIPS: Discounts are available for: multiple weeks -$25/wk., multiple children from same family -$25/student, or a Scholarship for special financial needs (Call us to arrange this). To receive a discount or scholarship, you must use a printed mailed in enrollment form rather than online.

REGISTRATION: Enrollment can be done in one of two ways. Either Online (click “SUBMIT”) or (click "PRINT") to Print the form and mail it in.

PAYMENT: To complete your enrollment use the "Buy Now" button below or mail a check.

If using the printed form, mail it with a check made out to:
PSEF (Privateer Sailing Education Foundation)  Send to: 476 Mason Drive Ringgold, GA 30736

Privateer Yacht Club
4713 Privateer Rd, Hixson TN
Office Phone: 423-877-9411 (normally answered during Sail Camp hours)

SAIL CAMP DIRECTOR: Tim Chambers,  423-718-3704 (cell),  

Note: Class size is limited.   Weeks are filled as payments are received.
We will update the Camp Calendar online when weeks are full.


Many Sail Camp participants would like to continue developing their Sailing skills. Here is how:

Join PYC’s Youth Sailing Race Team!   Privateer Yacht Club has a Youth Sailing Race Team that meets every Tuesday evening for 3 hours of practice, racing, and social activity during the weeks of Sail Camp.  These Tuesday practices will end on July 21st and will begin again on fall weekends when there are Regattas to attend (dates will be given out as soon as they are known). These practices will end during the winter and start back in the spring. 

Another option your sailor has is to become a Junior member of Privateer Yacht Club.  The cost is less than $40 annually. 

Click here for more info:

To gain more knowledge, Race Team members also have the opportunity to crew with Yacht Club members during races held on Wednesday evenings in the summer, plus Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

For more info contact Samantha at

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