Tiller & Kites - The only International Yacht Training school in Arizona.

Few sports and activities can offer what sailing does for the mind, body and soul. It can be all-out hard-core racing, or a quiet and relaxed weekend with friends and family - and you can do it all on the same boat. Sailing is also equally demanding and rewarding on both the body and the brain. Best of all, it does not take a special skill or talent, age, size, weight or gender. Anyone can learn how to master a sailboat, be it a dinghy or a larger keelboat.

"You sail boats in the desert?" is a common question. The answer is "Why yes! Yes I do!". We are fortunate enough to have a spectacular venue at Lake Pleasant and Pleasant Harbor. Easily accessible from anywhere in metro Phoenix, Lake Pleasant provides a stunning backdrop as well as interesting and varied conditions. Fresh air and sunshine is pretty much a constant.

Tiller and Kites is not your typical or traditional sailing school. We are an International Yacht Training accredited school (with over 200 schools in more than 50 countries) and we also teach 'location specific' sailing. If your goal is to learn and master Lake Pleasant or your sights are set on chartering a larger boat anywhere in the world, we can get you there. We also have the largest and most diverse fleet of boats in Arizona. From dinghys to J/24 racing keelboats, NACRA High Performance catamarans to Catalina 25 cruising boats - there is a boat for you.

More than once we have heard new sailors lament that they took such-and-such course or class and really did not learn anything, or did not get the chance to truly sail the boat. That does not happen here. You set your goals at the beginning of each specific class and shool is over when you have achieved them. We belive the the Three C's - a good sailor at any level is: Capabile, Confident and Competent.

Our students have included a lady who hand built several boats, but did not know how to sail. Today, she has mastered the J/24 and sails it like she owns it! Then there is the 22 year old ASU graduate who wants to sail around the world. We put him through an apprentice program, had him rebuild an old boat from scratch and now he is off on the first leg of his adventure.

To find out more and start your sailing adventure, please use the contact page. We always reply to any inquiries quickly and in full.

Sail On!
Victor Felice

Arizona Yacht Racing is our events, regattas and racing sites. Get involved and participate in new and creative sailing events, including the summer series of Full Moon Racing.

Tumbleweed Sailing - CRUISING - Eliminate the cost of ownership, maintainance, repairs and insurance. Join Tumbleweed Sailing's SAIL AWAY program and have a fully refurbished Catalina 25 boat available to you at all times!.

our advantages


Learning HOW things work on a boat is not that hard. Understanding WHY and how to use that knowledge gets you closer to the true art of sailing.


There may be more ways than one to get from A to B. Efficient and intelligent technique gets you there safer, quicker and comfortably. Learn how.


Achieved through repetition and time on the water - at the helm, trimming, on the bow. Learn every aspect of mastering and commanding a sailboat with confidence and safety always in mind.


Boats listed here are in inventory and ready to sail away.