Introduction to Sailing
You’ve always wanted to learn to sail;
here’s your chance!
Our introductory program consists of three consecutive Sunday afternoon sessions, and includes both classroom instruction and on-the-water. The boats we will be using are 24-foot Rainbows and 23-foot Sonars — these boats are stable, safe, roomy, and in general great boats on which to learn.
What You’ll Learn:
- Sailing terms and parts of the boat
- How a sailboat works
- Basic sail trim and sail controls
- How to rig the boat for sailing
- How to read the wind
- Changing directions by tacking and jibing
- Essential sailing knots
- Safety basics
- Rules of the road and on-water navigation aids
All students will receive basic sailing instructional materials (pdf). There is no certification associated with this class, though you will receive a US Sailing First Sail certificate of participation after taking this course. It’s a great way to pick up the basics and spend three fun days sailing on the most beautiful lake in the Northeast!
2020 Class Details
When: Sundays, May 31, June 7 & June 14 at 1:00 pm, rain or shine (wrapping up at approximately 5:00 pm) The Spring Learn to Sail classes have been cancelled, due to the COVID-19 situation. We hope to be able to re-schedule for later in the season, stay tuned!
Cost: $125 (includes all three sessions and materials)
First Sail / Intro to Sail Day
Sunday, Sept 27. Details TBD
Where: YMCA Camp Chingachgook
Who: Anyone, 14 and older, looking to learn the basics
More Information: email Spencer Raggio