Learn to Sail Course Outline

This course is offered in three different formats: Weekend, Vacation Week, and 4-Week, but the outline is the same across all formats. There are four Online Classroom Sessions and four Sailing Sessions. All formats alternate Online Classroom Sessions and Sailing Sessions. 

Times for each format are below. Refer to your confirmation email for your start date and, if applicable, a sailing session assignment. 

Held over two consecutive Friday/Saturday/Sundays. ​

Online Classroom Sessions are on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:00-8:00PM. Sailing Sessions are on two consecutive Saturday and Sundays. Morning 9:00AM-12:30PM or afternoon 1:30-5:00PM Sailing Sessions are chosen at checkout. A new course starts every other Friday, with the exception of some holiday weekends.

Learn to sail in one week! Monday evening through Friday afternoon.

Online Classroom Sessions are in the evenings Monday through Thursday from 6:00-8:00PM. Sailing Sessions are Tuesday through Friday from 9:00am-12:30pm.

This format meets twice a week for four weeks, alternating evening Online Classroom Sessions and late afternoon Sailing Sessions.

Online Classroom Sessions meet on Monday evenings from 6:00-8:00 PM. Sailing Sessions are either Thursdays or Fridays. Sailing session start times are chosen and checkout and range between 3:00 PM and 4:30 PM, and sailing goes until sunset. 

Note re: July 5, 2022 course: Due to the 4th of July being on a Monday, this session starts with a Tuesday Online Classroom session on July 5, 2022, and the following three Online Classroom Sessions will be on Mondays.

Online Classroom Session 1

  • Parts of the Boat & Sailing Vocabulary 
  • Determining Wind Direction 
  • Points of Sail 
  • Introduction to Sail Trim 
  • Tacking and Jibing 
  • What to expect in your first water session 
  • Figure 8 and Bowline knots 

On-the-Water Session 1

  • Review parts of the boat 
  • Rigging the boat 
  • Determining wind direction 
  • Steering, heading up and bearing off 
  • Tacking 
  • Jibing 

Online Classroom Session 2

  • Controlling your boat’s speed 
  • Leaving the Mooring 
  • Returning to the Mooring 
  • Crew Overboard Recovery  
  • Rules of the Road 
  • Cleat Hitch and Reef Knot 

On-the-Water Session 2

  • Review Rigging 
  • Practice Leaving the Mooring 
  • Review Points of Sail, Tacking and Jibing 
  • Controlling Speed 
  • Practice Mooring Landings  
  • Crew Overboard Recovery Drills 

Online Classroom Session 3

  • Using Telltales 
  • Balancing your Boat 
  • Sail Shape for Higher Winds 
  • Reefing 
  • Required Equipment 
  • Emergencies on Board 
  • Round Turn and two Half Hitches 

On-the-Water Session 3

  • Review sail shape controls 
  • Steering using Sail Trim 
  • Using Tell Tales to sail Close-Hauled 
  • Flattening sails for higher winds 
  • Practice Reefing 
  • Practice Mooring Landings 
  • Close Quarters Maneuvering 

Online Classroom Session 4

  • Reading a Chart 
  • Aids to Navigation 
  • Compass 
  • Plotting a Course 
  • Lines of Position 
  • Coordinates 
  • Tide and Current 
  • Speed/Distance/Time 

On-the-Water Session 4

  • Sail to the Outer Harbor
  • Practice Basic Navigation 

Learn to Sail Course Outline

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