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Intro to Keelboat Sailing

Tuesday, Aug 9, 2022 (5:30 pm - 9:30 pm)

In Progress / Completed
Leader: Charles Kenyon

Event Information

Description

Event Information: 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.

Location: This lesson will meet inside the Memorial Union. 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. You can send an email by clicking on the Instructor's name at the top of this page.


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
·       - square knot (reef knot)
        - round turn and two half-hitches
·       - clove hitch
        - 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)

The following is specific to keelboats
- How to Tack a Boat (Sailing Virgins)

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.

Registration Count

Registration Type Registrations Remaining
All Participants 5 0