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WYC – adult sailing classes for 2019

7 July afternoon basic class make up – orientation, rigging, ground class beginning at 1 PM
8 July afternoon around 1 PM  – yellow test
16 – 19 July afternoon around 1 PM – testing for any level by appointment (contact me for time confirmation)
30, 31 July afternoon around 1 PM – testing for any level by appointment (contact me for time confirmation)
The August adult classes will be three weeks beginning on Tuesday/Thursday 6 & 8 August at 3 – 5 PM and a separate class at 1000 to 3 PM beginning on Saturday 10 July.

SAILING

Adult Learn to Sail will consist of two levels of instruction:

Basic Green

Cost: $150 non-member, $75 member   (preference for participation will be given to members as openings are limited)

Prerequisites: Orientation, rigging and Ground classes (Yellow Rating) and ability to swim, orientation, rigging and ground classes will be a part of the classes for any that have not attended those in advance of the August classes

Select your schedule   –   Tuesday and Thursday: 1500 to 1900,   or Saturday 1000 – 1500 (bring lunch) beginning the week of 5 August for three weeks through 1 September

For adults wishing to learn the art and science of sailing, this is the course for you.  The exact contents are customized to suit the knowledge and comfort level of the participants but will cover everything from why the sails work to the specifics of actually making them work. Terminology, boat handling, safety, sail trim, basic weather, knots and rudimentary navigation, even some history and possibly some sea stories will all be covered.  You might be ready to solo in light air at the end of these classes.  As with any art, time is required to establish skill.

Six 2 hour sessions or three 4 hour sessions

Intermediate Red

Cost: $150 non-member, $75 member   (preference for participation will be given to members as openings are limited)

Prerequisites: Orientation, Rigging, Ground School and Green Rating

Select your schedule   –   Tuesday and Thursday: 1700 to 1900, or Saturday 1000 – 1500 (bring lunch) beginning the week of 5 August for three weeks through 1 September

Building on the knowledge gained in the Basic course, or from getting out and sailing yourself, the advanced course delves deeper into the details of sailing.  More specific sail trim, more complex maneuvers, more exact helming and a further examination of the theory behind the art of sailing will be covered.  Lots more practice of your skills over the twelve hour sessions will increase both your ability and your confidence.  This course should prepare the student to be aware of their surroundings on the water with good sailing judgment and self-confidence to sail independently.

Six 2 hour sessions or three 4 hour sessions

 

NOTE:  For questions or to arrange a special class time contact T. Stoner at 205-2409

 

WYC offering sailing introduction classes for 2019

The Adult Program offers sailing to adults 18 years and older and runs from May to September, seven days per week. Membership includes instruction for orientation (formal classes and informal on-water instruction), access to the dock and boats, a ratings system, and unlimited use of boats during Adult Program hours based on qualification level achieved. Visit our website for the latest class schedules.

Orientation (FREE: Membership NOT Required) although donations to the sailing program appreciated)

 

Sailing begins here for everyone. You become familiar with how everything sailing works at WYC. This class is for everyone to understand what WYC has to offer, whether you’re a seasoned sailor or brand new to boats. Orientation includes a guided tour of the boats and facilities, an overview of our classes and programs, as well as plenty of time to ask the questions that matter to you as a sailor. All orientations meet at the boat shop and run for about half an hour. All are welcome to this class!

Prerequisite: no experience necessary
Required for: All new members interested in sailing

No signup is required for Orientation classes; simply show up at class time. There is no limit on class size.

Rigging Class

Teaches you port from starboard, mainsheet from mainsail, and just about everything else you need to know about our boats. You also learn how to set up a boat and how to take it down so you can be ready to prepare a boat to start sailing.  Rigging is the next step after Orientation, and the prerequisite for the Ground Class. This 2 hour class is done both in the classroom and on one of our Stuarts/Javelins and covers parts of the boat, sailing terminology, dock procedures, and how to rig and unrig the boat for sailing. A trained instructor will show you every aspect of how to set up and break down the boat, so that your port and starboard become as familiar as left and right! All members are welcome to attend this class and are encouraged to take notes.

Prerequisite: orientation class

Free to members / $20 for non-members
Required for: Javelin Yellow Rating

No signup is required for Rigging classes; simply show up at class time. There is no limit on class size.

Ground Class

This class answers all your questions about how exactly you sail a boat. With demonstrations this class is your driver’s ed for a sailboat, and will teach you what you need to know to get out on the water. Ground School explains all the theory you’ll need to start sailing. An experienced instructor will guide you through the basics of reading the wind, trimming your sails, steering your boat, and cover a variety of skills you’ll want to know while on the water. You’ll learn how easy it is to stay safe on the river, how simple the boat’s controls are, and you’ll even get a chance to practice these skills before leaving the dock. This is a 2 hour class, and students are encouraged to take notes. The class is open to all members who have taken the rigging class, and is done both in the classroom and on the boats. When you have completed this class, you’ll be prepared to take the Javelin Yellow test!

Prerequisite: orientation class and rigging

Free to members / $20 for non-members
Required for: Javelin Yellow Rating

No signup is required for Ground classes; simply show up at class time. There is no limit on class size.