Shawnee Yacht Club
Learn to Sail

"Introduction to Sailing" sessions, for ages 12+, are held each Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. June through August. No reservations are necessary. Just show up at SYC wearing clothes that can get wet. You'll be paired up with an experienced skipper who will explain sailboat parts/terminology and what makes them go, will take you out on the water in a boat and demonstrate, then will then let you try your hand at it. If you have a sailboat, we can use it, otherwise we use ours. These are centerboard class boats that do capsize on occasion. Lifejackets are provided but the student should be able to swim. After completion, the student should be able to rig a boat, launch a boat and make their way around the lake on all points of sail in light to moderate winds.

For instruction, we use is the booklet "Learning to Sail, Small Boat Sailing at the UCLA Marine Aquatic Center" *

Student Skills Checklist
Introduction to sailing at UCLA4
Safety and Preparation5-6
Parts of the Boat: Capri 14.28-10
Wind Sensing11
How Sailboats Work- Beginner12
Sailing Directions: Points of Sail13-15
Starting the Boat16
Stopping. and Slowing the Boat17
Steering the Boat: Use of the Tiller18
Sailing Upwind: Beating30
Navigational Rules of the Road22-24
Capsize Recovery25-26
Person Overboard Recovery27
Knots Beginner: Belaying & Figure-Eight28
Rigging: Capri 14.229-33
Derigging: Capri 14.238-42
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