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Intro to Dinghy Sailing

Sunday, Aug 14, 2022 (9:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Leader: Charles Kenyon
Required ratings:
Ground School Attendance

Event Information


Event Information: This two and a half hour on-land lesson will cover the basics of sailing and introduce you to two of the Hoofer Sailing Club’s introductory boats, the Badger Techs and RS Zests. Instructional topics will include boat vocabulary, basic sailing principles, knots, and rigging (setting up) both types of boat. Students will not be in boats during this lesson and are welcome to wear regular clothes instead of sailing clothes.

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: Ground School Attendance Rating.

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)

Students who take this lesson will be issued the Intro to Dinghy Attendance Rating



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 on land. Participants are welcome to attend in their regular attire, no need for sailing clothes.

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