You've Found one of ASA's Top Sailing Schools
posted by Mark Fields
May 15, 2019

Ranking in the top twenty percent of the American Sailing Association schools internationally is an honor as well a good sign that we were doing things right. Students are referring their friends and family members, others are interested because of the vast offering of boats, but most important to the success is our captains and team.

Staying true to our desire to grow, our “New Classes” for the season are being offered on the boats of the owners.

That’s right – learn and advance your knowledge and skill on your very own boat. What a better place to experience the fun of sailing than in the comfort of your own cockpit, aboard your boat. You can earn any or all of the endorsements and certifications that we now offer. Need a little docking practice, and who doesn’t right, the ASA Docking Endorsement will build confidence and, in some cases, lower your boating insurance premiums. Want to learn how to navigate safely when the power fails, the ASA Coastal Navigation course will get you where you need to go when the time comes. And sooner or later it will happen, not if, but when, so be prepared when it does.

For a full list of our courses go to the Sailing School page on our site.

Against All Odds
posted by Mark Fields
May 15, 2019
Bow to Stern Boating Center has been a part of the sailing growth in Oriental for going on 12 years. Starting with a youth summer program launching at the public ramp by the bridge working out of Grace’s yard with Opti’s built and donated by volunteers. Since that time the Sunfish have been replaced with Lightnings, the FJ fleet doubled with new sails, a fleet of 420’s added, past campers became staff members/instructors and keel boats added for those qualified. Seems like that’s the way it’s supposed to happen, right? A lot of hard work goes into making a business successful and for a sailing program to survive. It takes a good team with a mission, a great leader with a vision, and a community that shares the interest to make it all come together.

In just a little over a month Captain Jim will once again hold his Monday morning greeting to all the campers and their adult counter parts. Parents, grandparents, brothers, and sisters will gather on the picnic tables to hear the introductions and meet their captains, preparing for a week of activity on the banks of Smith Creek and sailing on the might Neuse River. As the boats are being prepped, lines checked, hardware secured, outboard engines serviced, and RIBS inflated, all being done with the purpose to keep our kid’s sailings. The day and age which we now live in is not one of playing outside climbing trees, building go carts from spare bike parts and lumber from grandpa’s house, or battling in stick-built forts. It’s a time where fingers lead the way to entertainment and video screen time takes precedence over most everything. The fact that a successful program like the one at Bow to Stern Boating is still being operated is against the odds. But with the commitment of the staff, management and ownership, this program will continue to grow, provide new exciting opportunities, and let boys and girls from all types of back grounds experience feeling the wind in their sails, waves splashing in their faces, and a sense of accomplishment beyond their wildest dreams.
They Came From Far and Near
posted by Mark Fields
May 15, 2019
They came from far and near to enjoy a relaxing stay in Oriental…

Mother nature really showed us her power and strength over Easter weekend. Winds during the previous days were clocking in the 30’s and 40’s maintaining 20 and gusts in the 50’s. All coming out of the South driving waves into Oriental Harbor and its shores. Take all this, add a sold-out fleet of charter boats, 25 camper/sailors, a teenage ASA 101 course, and what do you have, just another weekend at Bow to Stern Boating. It was all hands-on deck for the most part, assisting and lending a helping hand to the charter fleet. On Friday night half the campers from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro which were alumni and veterans participating in their first trip to Oriental for a learn to sail program on both small boats and big boats ended up sleeping in the house at Captain Jim’s. Leading the group in instruction was Captain Alexis teaching both on the water and in front of the chalk board. Terms like tiller towards trouble, move forward, and point of sail, all foreign terms to this group, flowed through the air.

Mean while in the classroom Captain Harry is reviewing Ads to Navigation, Rules of the Road, Proper Sail Trim, and Docking in front of a very young group taking their ASA 101 Basic Keelboat course. Captain John was busy handling his charter aboard the Cal 25 with a trip across the Neuse River. A triple reef in the main and rolling out a small portion of the head sail keep the boat and crew moving nicely through the five to six footers. Lending a hand aboard the Lagoon 42, Captain Scott assisted in docking after successfully getting the Jenneau 45 in her slip for the evening.

Everyone had a great time, loved the adventure, and left our little village with tales long to be told of the Easter weekend in Oriental and wanting to come back for more.

The Perfect Weekend Pocket Cruiser
posted by Mark Fields
May 15, 2019
Last year we had to turn away several boaters looking to spend the weekend on the water. Not this year… We have added three CAL 25 pocket cruisers perfect for that weekend adventure.

The CAL 25 has plenty of head room, roomy V-berth, and handles great in all kinds of conditions. What a great way to get away from the “Rat Race” and relax for the weekend. Drive down Friday after work, stay on the boat in our marina, head out Saturday morning and be back at the dock Sunday by 5pm ready to head back home after a great weekend sailing.

It’s as easy as a phone call, then go on line to complete your booking, and the cost is very affordable. Give us a call today, 252-249-2424, and be on the water this weekend. Spring is the perfect time for sailing in Oriental. The nights are cool, and the days are warm. The breeze is steady, and the boat is perfect for your next adventure on the waters of the boating capital of North Carolina.