This event was cancelled on Mon 07/26/2021, by Charles Kenyon for the following reason: no students - family responsibilities

Zest Lesson

Sunday, Aug 1, 2021 (3:50 pm - 6:50 pm)

Leader: Charles Kenyon
Required ratings:
Intro to Dinghy Attendance, Intro to Dinghy Bypass

Event Information


Event Information: This three hour lesson will review the topics of the Intro to Dinghy Sailing lesson and focus on the rigging and sailing of the RS Zest. Students should expect to spend time on the water during this lesson and dress accordingly. Most students take this course once or twice before moving on to the Learner Dinghy Practical. 

Location: This lesson will meet under the yellow canopy next to the lake lab. If you are unable to find your instructor, or if there is inclement weather, please check in with the Outdoor UW Office.

Prerequisites: Intro to Dinghy Attendance Rating.

Students who take this lesson will be working toward earning their Zest Light rating. It may take several lessons to achieve proficiency in the skills that constitute the rating. Ratings are issued at the discretion of the Instructor.


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

Please watch this video and be ready to discuss the physics of sailing.

For more on how sailing and sails work, here are some videos:
- How Do Sailboats Sail Faster Than the Wind 
- Exploratorium: Science at the America’s Cup
- Vector Analysis of How Sailboats Sail Into the Wind 
- How Boats Sail Into Wind (faster than the wind itself)

Event Type
Lesson / Training (ratings may be achieved)
Cancellation, Reschedule, and Refund Information
If this event is cancelled more than 24 hours in advance, participants will be notified via the email associated with their membership account. If the event needs to be cancelled within 24 hours of the event start time, the instructor will call each participant individually via the phone number associated with their membership account.
Equipment/ Gear Required by Participant
This event will occur either partly or primarily on the water. Participants should wear attire they can move easily in and are comfortable getting wet. Close-toed shoes are required on all Hoofer craft. Lifejackets will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer. Use of sunglasses, sunscreen, and a water bottle are strongly encouraged.

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