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Tiller and Kites Arizona Sailing School is Your Complete Sailing Home In Lake Pleasant.

When it comes to making a choice, you may have options, but experience and advice is priceless.
Tiller and Kites - International Yacht Training offers sailing lessons, sailboat sales,
repair and service as well as custom programs. Our boats are all World Class examples.
All the boats featured on this site are Tiller and Kites boats.

VA Adaptive Sailing -

Tiller & Kites has launched SAIL48 - an IRS registered 501(c)3 sailing and watersports program with the Phoenix VA. Visit to see the programs and interesting things we are doing!



Find why TILLER AND KITES recommends ELLIOT PATRTISON SAILS and why your new sails should be ordered through us now. Check out the "All Black" sails on our J/24s!
When replacing sails, Tiller and Kites uses ELLIOTT/PATTISON sails exclusively on all our boats.

Learn to Sail in Arizona


Tiller and Kites provided the 2022 World Championship winning J/24 (Mermaid Rescue #2978) to the Argentina Women Sailing team- A team of sailors with more than 15 years of experience, who have competed in optimist, snipe and windsurf, both nationally and internationally. After so many years of sailing they decided to put together a 100% female team and challenge all the obstacles that this sport would put in our way.,, and won!

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Arizona Sailing School

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 we 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.
We operate J/24 racing keelboats as our primary 'school' boat. The fleet ranges from 8 foot Sabots to 37 foot Capris. - 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 school is over when you have achieved them. We believe the the Three C's - a good sailor at any level is: Capable, Confident and Competent.

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
Owner, Chief Instructor


J/24 FLEET 183

is the newest J/24 fleet and is based at Lake Pleasant, Peoria, Arizona. Fleet 183 will host its own events and regattas as well as working with the California and Texas districts. Most importantly, Tiller and Kites owns several J/24s that will be made available for “arrive and sail”. In AZ, that means bring flip flops, sunscreen and your own sails if you want to. All Tiller and Kites J/24 boats are prepared to nearly class specifications and within the class rules.

Maricopa Youth Mariners

MYM and Tiller and Kites now offer High School/College sailing at Lake Pleasant. We have several fleets of boats including Coronado 15s, Catamarans, brand new RS TERAs and also our keel boats. With our own private dock at the lake, we have everything available for new High School teams to quickly and efficiently become proficient and capable sailors. Off season, other boats may also be available at the dock, including 5o5s, VX Evo and other high performance sailboats.
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Sail48 Arizona

Sail48 is a Veterans Adaptive Sailing and Watersports project at Lake Pleasant. Sail48 is a 501(c)3 entity - your support and donations helps grow this project. Please visit

US Sailing First Sail

Tiller and Kites is a US Sailing First Sail center. Sailing is the perfect activity for anyone who enjoys water sports and outdoor recreation. Sailing can be exciting or relaxing. You can compete in racing or take a leisurely sail with family and friends. Regardless of age, ability or limitation, sailing has something for everyone. Try Sailing with us!

about us

Tiller And Kites is a International Yacht Training accredited school based in Phoenix AZ. TandK boats are known for their distinctive shocking pink hulls. The IYT courses offered are designed specifically for sailing in the desert Southwest.

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