Privateer Sailing Education Foundation 

***Please Note: 
All slots for our 2021 SAIL CAMP are now FILLED.
If you wish to register, please do so (see below).  You will be placed on a STANDBY LIST.  We will contact you only if a slot becomes available due to a student cancellation.

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. Snacks are provided, but each camper should bring their own lunch. 

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:  Campers 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, and appropriate boating clothing including “close toed” sneakers or water shoes. If your child does not have a comfortable Coast Guard approved life jacket, a loaner is available but most campers prefer to bring their own.

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

Week 1 is FULL - (June 7 - June 11) Week 1 is FULL - Standby List Only.
Week 2 is FULL - (June 14 - June 18) Week 2 is FULL - Standby List Only.
Week 3 is FULL - (June 21 - June 25) Week 3 is FULL - Standby List Only.
Week 4 is FULL - (June 28 – July 2) Week 4 is FULL - Standby List Only
Week 5 is FULL - (July 5 - July 9) Week 5 is Full - Standby List Only
Week 6 is FULL - (July 12 - July 16) Week 6 is FULL - Standby List Only.
Week 7 is FULL -  (July 19 - July 23) Week 7 is FULL - Standby List Only.

Note: All weeks are now full.  If you wish to register, please do so (see below).  We will add your registration to our standby list.  If a spot becomes available due to a student cancellation, we will contact you.

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

Special COVID Notice: Due to the expectation that we will still be under COVID restrictions this summer, we will limit attendance to 22 campers per week. While on shore we will observe appropriate social distancing and face mask protocols. Each camper will have their own boat unless a specific exception has been requested by the parents (such as siblings who want to share a boat). We followed similar guidelines in 2020.

DISCOUNTS & SCHOLARSHIPS: Discounts are available for: multiple weeks -$25/wk., multiple children from the same family -$25/student, or a scholarship for special financial needs (contact us to arrange this). 

CHILD CARE TAX CREDIT: You may be able to take a partial tax credit for the camp fees. Please consult with your tax professional. If you are eligible, our 501c3 EIN number is 82-5155319.

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.

The online payment link does not apply the discounts, but don’t worry – we will refund any overpayment. 

If using the printed form, mail it with a check made out to PSEF (Privateer Sailing Education Foundation) and send it to:

c/o Tim Chambers
476 Mason Drive
Ringgold, GA 30736      

Privateer Yacht Club
4713 Privateer Rd, Hixson TN
Office Phone: 423-877-9411 (normally answered only 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, but will allow you to register for our waiting list in case there is a cancellation. If you need to change the date, contact the Director and we will accommodate the change if possible.



Many Sail Campers would like to continue to develop their sailing skills.  Here Is how:

Starting in late June, PSEF will have a Racing Workshop one evening or Saturday per week. This is a program designed to introduce sailing as a sport to juniors. The Workshop is open to anyone who is attending or has attended sail camp. It is typically free or offered at a very low cost. It is a great way for campers to work on their sailing skills as well and meet other campers excited about sailing. 

After camp ends, we will invite any interested campers to join our Racing Team. The team practices most weekends in the fall and travels to roughly 4 competitions through the month of November. For more information on our racing team, please contact our parent coordinator Samantha Travis

PYC offers a junior membership program for any sailors under the age of 25. All campers who join our race team will automatically become junior members. By joining the club as a junior member, there are several benefits including the use of our training fleet. For more information please see our application at

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