Intro to Keelboat Sailing

Saturday, Sep 14, 2019 (3:45 pm - 6:45 pm)

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Leader: Charles Kenyon

Event Information


Location: Chartroom  Check Today in the Union on the day of the lesson. The time shown in TITU may be earlier than shown above but the lesson will start at the time shown above.

The Intro to Keelboat Sailing lesson is intended to provide a beginner-friendly path to our heavy and light keelboats. This intensive lesson will cover the basics of sailing on a keelboat at hoofers and will allow you to begin taking lessons on our keelboat fleets. This course covers sailing terminology and theory, practical sailing knowledge including knots and safety, and an introduction to the keelboat’s ratings and lesson structure.

All of the material covered in this class can be done on land; this class is not contingent on weather.  However, if the weather cooperates your instructor may take the class on a keelboat, so wear suitable shoes and clothing.

Please download the  Preparatory Instructions from the Instructor (homework)  upon signing up and confirm to the instructor that you’ve received them as soon as possible by email. If you do not, you may be removed from the lesson.

Please note: it will take quite a while to earn a rating with which you could check out a keelboat yourself if you come through this track.  It is advised for members who wish to get out sailing sooner to start on Techs or Zests or take both routes concurrently.  This will allow you to practice sailing on your own and refine your skills before jumping up to a larger keelboat.  It will smooth the learning curve and allow you more time to sail on your own and take your friends out on a Tech, a Zest or a Sloop and will not increase the total time to earn a keelboat rating. 


It is recommended that you at least review the following knots on the Animated Knots website:

·        bowline

·        round turn and two half-hitches

·        figure-8 knot (stopper)

·        cleating (clove hitch on a cleat)

The following series of videos (about 10 min. each) will be a good preview of the information about sailing and sailing terms.
Sailing Lessons - The Basics (part 1)
Sailing Lessons - The Basics (part 2)
Sailing Lessons - The Basics (part 3)
Sailing Lessons - The Basics (part 4)

Event Type
Lesson / Training


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