ADVANCED Solo Sailing Camp


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Sailing solo is a much more exhilarating experience, yet requires a level of confidence not every child achieves in just one or even two “classic” camps.

“Sailing SOLO Camp,” is three days, and gives your teen exposure to sailing solo. We focus on improving sailing skills and on-water problem-solving scenarios, to equip your child with the bandwidth necessary to take a boat out on their own, beyond their time at camp. As well, we will continue discussing confidence, self-esteem, problem solving, moving through fear, etc. and applying these qualities to navigate life off of the water.

The Very General Guidelines

  1. Campers must be at least 13 years old.
  2. You must have attended at least, one “Classic,” ABLE To Sail camp, the same or previous summer.
  3. Regardless, you must receive prior approval from our Director, and course leader, Diane (
  • Union Reservoir, Longmont
  • August 3rd – 5th, 2020
  • Monday – Wednesday
  • 10AM – 4PM
  • No Make-Up Day

Solo sailing is a big step from “classic” ABLE To Sail.

But, first, I want to be clear, that the 2 levels of camps that we offer are not necessarily of a progressive nature, like going through grades in school, though, obviously attending at LEAST ONE ABLE “Classic,” camp, is a pre- requisite. Too, though, having attended ABLE “Classic,” camp once does not, by any means, suggest that your next camp with us should be “Sailing SOLO.” NOR does having attended “Solo camp,” suggest that your sailing camp experience with ABLE To Sail is over.

Sailing solo is quite a thrill, and requires a good deal of self-confidence and skill. But even with that confidence and skill, many kids, even after having sailed solo, find that they prefer the social interaction of sailing with a partner!

With many, we find that two or more camps are necessary to provide this foundation. You, alone, are responsible for rigging and de-rigging your own boat – handling all aspects of boat management, where previously, you maybe “let your crew” handle the things you didn’t want to do or find as amusing! Sailing SOLO is about self-efficacy, self-sufficiency- total responsibility for yourself and your boat. For this reason, a higher level of maturity and a deeper interest in understanding sailing concepts will serve them well. If they are eager to learn more, we are eager to have them. The challenge is greater, but so is the payoff! Space is limited!

Our commitment is that cost never be a barrier to attending

Get in touch to discuss alternative arrangements for your child.

So, How many times can I or should I attend “Classic,” ABLE To Sail?

As many as you’d like! There’s no limit. It’s where you gain experience. Each week of ABLE To Sail is different, for many reasons- weather and the particular kids are but two of the factors. No two days of ABLE To Sail are the same, and thus, no two weeks are either. Beyond the evolving emotional insights gained, each camp is simply where you gain sailing experience! However, the biggest factor is that ABLE To Sail will be different, because your child is now different than they were a year ago.

For example, the move from middle school to high school is often harsh -though maybe not nearly as cruel as the evolution from elementary to middle school, where, for many, was their first experience of bullying, overt judgment, loss of friends and the anxiety of needing to be in the “in crowd,” in order to avoid the awful sting of betrayal and abandonment, where peer approval seeking and the desperation to belong – to do ANYTHING to BELONG, first irrevocably rears it’s painful head. Thus, the “motivational/inspirational,” message that we deliver, though remaining essentially the same, reaches them differently and the level on which they are able to receive that message, is completely different than what they were able to comprehend and apply in a personal way, just one year ago.

As a grown up you may have the experience of a reading and re-reading a particular favorite book that, with each reading, new things jump out that you SWEAR weren’t there before! But now, because of your life experience, their relativity becomes pertinent and applicable. Thus is the experience of attending ABLE To Sail each summer. It goes with, and grows with you, supporting each and every new facet of the youth-life experience!