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Youth Sailing

Percy Priest Yacht Club is pleased to announce that Nashville Sail Camp is coming to Hamilton Creek Marina for summer 2017. PPYC is dedicated to promoting the sport of sailing and we are excited to introduce more sailing opportunities to young people. The sail camp is made possible through cooperation with Leadership Academy, a professional camp operations company.  Leadership Academy is providing quality instruction, boats to learn on and handling camp management. The camps are open to all children ages 7-15. PPYC members are offered a discount on camper enrollment.

PPYC members can get $50 off the week-long camps and $10 off the one-day camps. Membership will be verified. Enter the coupon code “PPYC5” for the week-long session savings or “PPYC1” for the one-day savings. Sibling savings is available too. Discounts cannot be combined.


Week-Long Camps cost $325* and are Monday - Friday, 1:00 am - 5:00 pm on the following dates:

    • June 19-23

    • June 26-30

    • July 10-14

    • July 17-21

*PPYC members receive a $50 discount.


Single-Day Camps cost $85* and are on Saturdays, 9:00 am- 5:00 pm on the following dates:

    • June 17, 2017

    • June 24, 2017

    • July 8, 2017

    • July 15, 2017

    • July 22, 2017

*PPYC members receive a $10 discount.


To sign up or learn more, visit the Nashville Sail Camp website, call the camp office at 615-856-4772 or send a message to .



Laura Johnson
Laura Johnson is a professional Camp Director and owner of Leadership Academy LLC in Nashville, TN. She has been operating summer camps and recreation facilities for over a decade and has spent 17 years at summer camp. Laura first began sailing and teaching sailing in 1997 while working as Waterfront Director at Camp Peairs on Lake Bloomington in Illinois. Laura is a PPYC member and an active J22 fleet racer.
Julie youth sailing 2
Julie Bollinger
Julie is a lifelong sailor, and collegiate racer at Indiana University. She hold a US Sailing Certification and has taught sailing to youth for nearly a decade at scout camps and other yacht club sailing programs.  Julie splits her weekends between Harbor Island and Percy Priest racing Vanguard 15s.
What will I learn?
What boat?
What to expect?
Laura and Julie will be teaching the basics of sailing in small sailboats. They will teach part of the course on the water and part of the course on shore. They'll talk about rigging the boat, finding the wind, basic boat handling and safety too.  Course curriculum will be based on US Sailing Level 1 instruction.
We'll be using Sunfish as our teaching platform.  These are safe, sturdy and easy to sail.  Perfect for kids!
Each Kid's day will start at 9:00 am and end at 4:00 pm. Extended care is available from 7:45 am - 5:15 pm. Everyone should show up with sunscreen pre-applied and bring some extra too.  Julie and Laura will start things on shore, then take everyone out on the water. They'll do another lesson on shore and on the water after lunch.