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2018 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 is based on last year's schedule and needs to be confirmed by Steve Downs or Mark Farber.

The 2018 adult sailing program instruction schedule is below.

Classroom Schedule
Tues April 24
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 May 1
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 8
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Chapter 9 Getting Underway
Chapter 10 Putting It All Together: Your First Sail
Chapter 11 Tacking
Chapter 11 Upwind Sailing
Tues May 15
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 22
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Knots & Lines
On the Water Schedule
Sat May 26
Time TBD
Move 3 Boats to Club
Wed May 30
4:30 – 6:30 pm
Rigging Boats on Land
Wed June 6
4:30 – 6:30 pm
Rigging Boats on Land
Sat June 9
Time TBD
Move 3 Boats to Club
Wed June 13
4:30 – 6:30 pm
On the Dock/Mooring Rigging Boats
Wed June 20 – Aug 29
Thu June 21 - Aug 30
4:30 – 6:30 pm
On The Water Sailing (With or Without Mentors)
Dates TBA
Possible make-up classes or extend season (weather dependent)
De-rig, clean, move & store boats for winter.

Approximately 30 people participated in the OYC adult sailing program in the 2016 and 2017 seasons, some new to sailing, others taking the course as a refresher or repeating the on the water program to improve their skills. We look forward to another well attended season.

A more complete calendar of OYC activities can be found on the OYC Calendar web page.