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What does it take to race around the world or in the America’s Cup? Do you want to be the next CEO of North Sails? If you are interested in pursuing professional sailing, want to learn what it takes to run a marine business, or just want to experience sailing at the highest level, Oakcliff Sailing is the place for you.
Trainees are coached by a team of talented sailors and coaches specially selected by Volvo and America’s Cup sailor and Executive Director Dawn Riley. Athletes are led through both basic and advanced technical projects including match racing clinics, offshore races, inshore IRC racing, and land-based learning modules. Students will also have the opportunity to compete against sailors from across the globe who come to Oakcliff to compete in a variety of events. Additionally, famous sailors such as Dave Perry and Sally Barkow, and industry experts like Kimo Worthington from North Sails, and Forrest Williams from Marlow, frequently stop by throughout the summer.
Oakcliff has something for men, women, boys, and girls of all ages.
August 7 – September 4, 2018 – Cost: $5,500 (Need based scholarships available)
A 4-week intense program designed by Dawn Riley based on her experience in two around-the-world races. Offshore Acorns get the most experience in all-round boat prep. Featuring a new shorthanded track with Mini Transat campaigner Jorge Madden. Sail more than 1,000 nautical miles including the Ida Lewis Distance Race and the Vineyard Race. Get your World Sailing Safety at Sea Certificate and master advanced navigation to thrive offshore. Industry tours and specialized workshops by leaders in the field provide great networking opportunities
Acorn High Performance: Olympic class 49er skiffs & Nacra 17 catamarans
July 3 – July 15, 2018 – Cost: $2,800 (Need based scholarships available)
A 2-week performance camp led by top US Sailing Team athletes and expert coaches. Sail our world class fleet of 49ers, 49erFXs, 470s and foiling Nacra 17s. An adrenaline pumping experience that will prepare you for international competition. Complement your on-the-water training, learning campaign management and valuable skills such as budgeting, fundraising, sponsorship and public relations.
Acorn Inshore: Match Racing with ISAF Ranked Coaches & Competitors
July 17 – August 5, 2018 – Cost: $3,500 (Need based scholarships available)
A 3-week immersive program focused on match racing and inshore fleet racing tactics. Coaching from America’s Cup and World Match Race Tour sailors. Solidify your racing rules knowledge, boat handling and trimming techniques to make your boat go fast! Learn technical skills such as sail repair, engine maintenance, rigging, winch repair and more.
Acorn Foiling Camp
May 8-13, 2018
September 17-22, 2018
Cost: $1,450 (Need based scholarships available)
A 6-day program designed for the adrenaline-driven athlete who has some experience with high-performance sailing. Learn from established foiling champions and earn your wings with Oakcliff Airlines. Our experts will provide personalized advice on how to take your fitness to the next level and make the most of this experience.
Custom Acorn Program: Can’t commit to a full program?
Dates: You choose and we’ll see if we can make it work! – Cost: $2,500/week
The Custom Acorn Program will give a few select sailors the chance to compete with the young pros according to their own custom schedule. If you can’t commit to a full Acorn program or want to learn specific skills related to performance racing, let us know when you’re available and your interests and we’ll customize a specialize program for you. Contact us directly at email@example.com for more information!
Immersive structured apprenticeship for experienced sailors
May 8 – September 4, 2018 (arrival/departure flexible) Cost: $950/week (Scholarships available)
A summer-long dive intro pro sailing through a structured apprenticeship at Oakcliff’s America’s Cup style campus. Gain leadership experience as the boat captain or first mate on one of our 40’ to 50’ keelboats. Benefit from elite-level coaching and grow to be a coach yourself. Master a wide set of skills including marine electronics, rigging, composites, boat building, sailmaking, marine engines and campaign management. Working inside high performance projects provides the best hands-on learning experience. Explore multiple career opportunities that exist, with an insider’s perspective from Oakcliff’s coaches and partners. All of our graduates are employed or continuing their education. Many of them never want to leave, and some still haven’t: several have transitioned to our full-time staff. Develop relationships that will vault you into a career in sailing. Network and connect with leaders in the international sailing community.