CLASS SCHEDULES

Learn-to-Sail and Introductory Classes

Learn-to-Sail Widgeons

Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

The best beginning class for students who have little or no previous experience. We strongly recommend two sequential weeks of enrollment.

Sailors are grouped with other students and are always accompanied by an instructor focused on that small crew. Instruction begins with fundamentals and progresses through skills. Students learn parts of the boat and sails, how to determine wind direction and strength, sailing upwind, tacking, sailing downwind, jibing, landing at a dock, and maritime rules of the road.  Safety is always first. Fun and laughter are a close second, with significant lessons taught through games.

Learn-to-Sail Optimists

Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Optimist students sail solo, with instructors nearby in other boats. This is the best beginning class for students with a high level of confidence or some experience who prefer to sail solo and learn in a small boat. We strongly recommend two consecutive weeks of enrollment.

Instruction begins with fundamentals and progresses through sailing upwind, tacking, sailing downwind, jibing, and landing at a dock.

Learn-to-Sail 420's

Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

This is an introductory class, but not a course for beginners. 420s are high-performance racing boats. To qualify for this course, sailors must have participated previously in Intermediate Widgeons or Intermediate and Racing Optimists, for a minimum of four weeks. (The four weeks can be cumulative over multiple seasons.)

This course is taught in mornings when winds are typically lighter. Nevertheless, sailors need an understanding of all basic terminology and must be able to handle the boat through all points of sail. The course builds on basic sailing skills, focuses on the specific demands of a 420, but not on the more technical aspects of racing a 420 successfully. Sailors will become capable of progressing to afternoon sailing when winds are typically stronger. Four weeks of Learn-to-Sail 420s is a prerequisite for taking Intermediate and Racing 420s.