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2019 Adult Sailing Program

The OYC adult sailing program is an OYC sailing instruction program for adults new to sailing or needing a refresher. The OYC adult sailing program is run independently of OYC's Daysailer Fleet 15 (the OYC members that race Daysailer class boats, mostly on Sundays).

Starting in 2015 Fleet 15 members have volunteered to serve as mentors for adult sailing program sailors during the on-the-water part of the program. A Fleet 15 volunteer will join new sailors and provide instruction from within the same cockpit and provide assistance as needed. Once proficient sailors have the option to sail on their own or take on a mentor to improve their sailing if a mentor is available.

The adult sailing program instruction is available only to OYC members and is free to OYC members. Please contact Steve Downs if interested.

The adult sailing program uses the book Learn Sailing Right from US Sailing. This book is available at a discount from OYC.

The schedule below was provided by Steve Downs. The schedule may change as the season progresses.

2019 OYC Adult Sailing Program / Classroom – Sailing Schedule – Work Parties

Classroom Schedule
Tues April 23
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Chapter 1 Preparing Yourself for Sailing
Chapter 2 Know Your Boat
Chapter 3 Looking Around & Describing Directions/Terms
Chapter 4 Wind and Water
Tues April 30
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Chapter 5 Points of Sail
Chapter 6 Steering
Chapter 7 Trimming the Sails
Chapter 8 Rigging Your Boat
Tues May 7
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Chapter 9 Getting Underway
Chapter 10 Putting It All Together: Your First Sail
Chapter 11 Tacking
Chapter 12 Upwind Sailing
Tues May 14
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Chapter 13 Downwind Sailing and Jibing
Chapter 14 Returning & Shipshape
Chapter 15 Courtesy and Navigation Rules
Chapter 16 Seamanship and Water Safety
Tues May 21
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Classroom Knots, Lines & Sail Folding
On the Water Schedule
Thurs May 23
9:00 AM - Noon
Work Party #1 - Move 3 Capri & 3 Precision Sailboats to Club, Rig & Check Equipment
Wed May 29
4:30 – 6:30 pm
Rigging Boats on Land
Wed June 5
4:30 – 6:30 pm
Rigging Boats on Land
Sat June 8
9:00 AM – Noon
Work Party #2 - Assist JSP move remaining Sailboats to Club. Rig & Check Equipment
Move 6 420's to Club for US Sailing Training
Wed June 12
4:30 – 6:30 pm
On the Dock/Mooring Rigging Boats
Mon June 17
9:00 AM – Done
Work Party #3 - OYC ASP & JSP Combined Work Party. Remaining boats to Club
Weekly all summer
Wed June 19 – Sep 03
Thu June 20 - Sep 04
4:00 - 4:30 PM - On Shore Class Time
4:30 – 6:30 PM - On The Water Sailing (With or Without Mentors) & BBQ
Mon Aug 19
9:00 AM – Done
Work Party #4 - Assist JSP Staff Cleaning, de-rigging & moving all remaining boats to Compound
Sept 05
6:00 PM -
Potluck Dinner for Sunday Racing & ASP Sailors (Meet Under Tent)
Sat Sept 07
Sun Sept 08
9:00 AM – Done
Work Party #5 - De-rig, clean, move & store boats for winter. Sunday is a rain date.
Mon Sept 30
9:00 AM – Done
Work Party #6 - Clean & move all powerboats & L3 to Yard or Compound

Many OYC members take advantage of the Adult Sailing Program, some new to sailing, others taking the course as a refresher or repeating the on the water program to improve their skills. Approximately 30 people participated in the OYC adult sailing program in the 2016 and 2017 seasons, about half attending all spring and summer. In the 2018 season we started with 52 sailors with some 20-25 attending the program all spring and summer. We look forward to another well attended season.

A more complete calendar of OYC activities can be found on the OYC Calendar web page (accessible to OYC members only).