Captain Will Flannery welcomes new sailors to to the waters off Oriental, North Carolina's Sailing Capital.
Will has a lifetime of sailing experience. He started sailing dinghys on Barnegat Bay at age seven. By seventeen he had started a boardsailing (windsurfing) school and taught hundreds of people basic sailing theory and windsurfing skills. At eighteen Will boardsailed 1,553 miles from Islamorada in the FL Keys to the New Jersey Shore, landing a spot on the Obrien Windsurfing Team. He was the first to represent the US in the World Ice Surfing Championships (boardsailing on Ice) in Helsinki, Findland.
Will is a USCG 100 Ton Master with a Sailing and Towing Endorcement. As well as teaching sailing, Will has owned and operated a dolphin watch aboard a high speed Zodiac RIB, and he's a Certified Zodiac repair Tech for dinghys, yacht tenders and even the Inflatable boats used by the US and Canadian military. Will's a Certified Windsurfing and Kiteboarding Instructor and more recently attended the prestegious US Sailing Instructors Training Course and Examinations in Norfolk, VA. During Winter months Will works as a delivery Captain moving yachts South to FL and the Bahamas.
Oriental's School of Sailing is the oldest continuously operating sailing school in North Carolina.