1973 C race Seltsam
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Learn to Sail

"Introduction to Sailing" sessions, for ages 12+, are held each Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. June through August. It's free for club members and only $25 for non-members.

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Coming Events

Lessons & Group Sailing
Sundays, 2:00pm-5:30pm
Wednesdays, 5:30pm-Sunset

  • 8/31, Last Wed Lessons & Group Sailing, 5:30 pm-Sunset, SYC
  • 9/9, Full Moon Social, 5:30pm-10:00pm, SYC
  • 9/24, Wander Woman Sailing Event, 9:00am-5:00pm, SYC
  • 9/25, Wander Woman Rain Date, 9:00am-5:00pm, SYC
Mark's Racing Blog
Experience
Just yesterday I read that "experience is the best teacher only if it's somebody else's experience". Well here goes. In my never ending quest to improve my sailing skills, I've spent a lot of time this month improving my capsizing ability. I've been over four different ways so far this month, the previously mentioned "slow roll over" and the "79 MPH slam dunk". Now just this week I've added two more ways to get wet. First is the quick tack where you can't get the main sheet uncleated and you get stuck under the boom. You just sort of back into the water buns first. The second method, practiced last evening, is a little more complicated. One of the ways to go fast is the "ease-hike sheet" method for dealing with puffs. When a puff hits, you quickly ease the sheet, hike hard, and then pull the sheet back in. All done very quickly. The problem arises when some how you accidentally loop the main sheet and pull the loop thru a block. Then, when you go to "ease-hike-sheet", you can't ease. You just tip over. One other problem with both of these methods is that you can't right the boat with the sail sheeted in and "cleated". You've got to get wet. Come on out! The water is fine.