Virginia Inland Sailing Association

Smith Mountain Lake

Sailing, Seamanship,

Education and Friendship

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About Us

The Virginia Inland Sailing Association is a non-profit organization offering sailing, social, and recreational activities for our members and guests. We are located next to Bernard's Landing on beautiful Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia.  We are not a marina but instead a self-help club.  Our members are involved in many ways.

Active Youth Sailing Program

From holding weekend sailing camps to travel sailing team to virtual regattas, the youth presence is strong and active.  Learn how to get involved by contacting us below

Amenities

Our activies include:

  • Recreational Sailing

  • Racing

  • Social Events

Central Lake Location

Our club is centrally located on Smith Mountain Lake with direct access to the main channel for the best wind! Our location allows sailors to easily explore both the northern and southern portions of the lake with a safe harbor awaiting on the return trip!  R11 by water.

Clubhouse

Our clubhouse features a kitchen, community room, large deck overlooking the lake and recently renovated bathrooms with full shower facilities.

Beach

Our private beach offers safe swimming and wading in shallow water protected by our cove. In addition, our beach serves as a great place to launch Lasers and other racked sailboats used for racing and instruction.

Dry Boat Storage

We have dry storage facilities for trailered and rack-stored boats.

Boat Slips and Ramps

We have five separate docks in our protected cove that collectively feature 90 boat slips for keelboats. Shore power, water and dumping stations are all available. We have two launch ramps, a rail lift for hull repairs, a shed for tools, plus electricity and water at all work locations.

Camping

Our camp sites are located near our clubhouse so people can enjoy camping with the convenience of kitchen, bath and shelter facilities nearby. We offer long term camping sites for pop-ups or tent camping.

Racing

We hold races year round. Often, our boats participate in races in conjunction with BYRA.  The highlight of our racing year is the John Bernard Invitational Regatta held in early October.  Please reach out if you would like to be on the mailing list for this event

Junior Sail Camp

Junior Sail camp is a 5-day overnight camp for young sailors ages 8-12, held in the later part of June. Sailors learn to rig boats (Lasers) , tie knots, right a capsized boat and sail solo in all types of wind. Each child stays in a tent for the week but has access to our clubhouse! 

We have a staff of about 7 adults who volunteer their time and energy to make this camp a success. We are in the 30th year of this highly successful and popular program. 

The secret to our success is not just the adult staff but the additional juniors who return to lead by example. Juniors aged 13-18 are often invited to return each year as role models, to continue to pass down the rules of camp etiquette and the love of sailing. 

Camp is presently open to members only and is limited to 25 campers.

Men's and Ladies' Sailcamp

Men's sailcamp and Ladies sailcamp are each a 2-day camp for members and non members, offering a chance to learn in a safe and friendly environment.  They are each held a different times of the summer and normally last from Friday afternoon until Saturday evening.  
Each is staffed by members who want to share their love for the water and enjoy good food and new friendships.   Often times, we find the spouses in the kitchen, preparing the meals!

Family Camp

 

Family Camp is held around the 4th of July and lasts several days.  This offers a chance for families to come and camp and spend time in a friendly setting.  Our annual celebration always includes a fireworks show and games for all on the 4th.  Weather permitting,  there might even be a boat race of some sort.

Youth Camp

Youth camp is for non-member youth 8-17 and is held on a weekend in July. The camp is sponsored and run by the junior board.  

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Contact Us

  • Please use this contact form to find out more about our club.

  • If you are interested in membership, we will respond with more information. Refer to our FAQ for more info.

  • The board meets on the first Saturday of each month.  Prospective members are invited to the first available meeting to introduce themselves.

  • Alternately, you may send an email to our secretary at secretaryvisayc@gmail.com.  Please include your name and address and how you learned about us.

450 Sailors Cove, Moneta, VA  24121

P.O. Box 911, Hardy, VA  24101

Reason for contact

​Directions:

  • We are located on beautiful Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, Virginia.

  • Take VA-122 / Booker T. Washington Highway to West Lake Corner.

  • Turn onto VA-616 / Scruggs Road.

  • Bear left onto Ashmeade Road in 7.6 miles towards Bernard's Landing.

  • Turn left onto Sailors Cove Drive in .7 miles.

  • VISA Yacht Club entrance is at the end of the road.

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