Premier Sailing turns novices into master sailors


Youth sailors navigate Carter Creek. Photo by Megan Schiffres

by Megan Schiffres

For the past two decades, Premier Sailing School has been teaching children and adults alike how to sail and how to fall in love with sailing.

Founder Arabella Denvir, who opened the school with her husband, Phil, in 1998, says that after safety, fun is a top priority for her school’s teaching philosophy.

“I love sailing and I want people who get introduced to sailing to stay with it. So, the best way to do that is to make sure they’re actually enjoying it all the time,” said Denvir.

Ana Rowan has spent every summer since she was 10 at Premier Sailing, first as a student learning how to sail and later as a sailing instructor and office manager with her own official US Sailing Certification.

“You feel like you’re flying,” said Rowan. “It’s quiet when you’re sailing, there’s no motor.”

Located at 744 St. Andrews Lane, Weems, Premier Sailing is positioned at the very end of Carter Creek, which feeds into the Rappahannock River. According to Denvir, you couldn’t dream of a better place to learn to sail…



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