What is covered
Your sailing class will begin first thing in the morning
at our dock where you will spend about 30 minutes going over the sailboat
and learning basic sailing terminology.
Then we'll fire up the iron genny (diesel
engine), cast off and your next sailing lesson will be how to steer a 10,000 pound
sailboat under power up a VERY narrow channel without hitting anything!
The trip up the channel will include
instruction on basic rules of the road, who has right of way and when,
navigational markers, and other useful information.
Hoist those sails!
we're in the open water, you will be shown how to hoist the mainsail (that
big piece of canvas behind the mast). You'll cut the engine and begin
sailing on the mainsail only.
Then we'll let you crank out the genny (the
other piece of canvas in FRONT of the mast, also known as a jib).
The rest of the day will be spent on the
Feeling the wind direction
Learning the different points of sail: reaching, running, beating and
will learn how to tack and how to jibe
will learn how to heave to (that is stop the sailboat without dropping
will practice finding the groove (that is the best point of sail for the
current wind and sail settings)
at the dock
back at the dock you will learn how to correctly tie up a sailboat:
Yes, we will provide a course completion certificate upon
Our sailing courses are very flexible, so that if you
have some sailing experience and don't need the full beginners instruction
and would like to instead incorporate some of the subjects from the more
advanced classes, we can certainly arrange that for you.