Sailing Sessions Summary

Below is an outline of our Sessions 1-4 for our Moss Bay Sailing lessons.

Session 1 will cover

  1. Basic terms
  2. How to rig a boat
  3. Points of sail
  4. Tack vs Jibe
  5. Right of way rules
  6. Enter the boat and push off the dock prepared to set sail, or set sails into the wind.
  7. Sail into the wind at an approximately 45′ angle to the eye of the wind.
  8. When sailing with others, use recognized signals & terms for tacking & jibing.
  9. Once a turn is commenced, keep the tiller moving so the hull maintains speed.
  10. After completing each turn, carefully recheck sheets for tangles.
  11. When performing a downwind jibe, hand retract the boom to avoid problems.
  12. Demonstrate close haul, beam reach, and running positions of the boom.
  13. Slow and dock the dinghy by using 360′ turns, and upwind turns.

Session 2 will cover

  1. Use dead reckoning to set or change upwind and downwind courses.
  2. Push off the dock and quickly set sails in winds greater than 10 knots.
  3. Be able to tie and know when to use 3 knots: figure 8, bowline, and cleat tie.
  4. Complete a “man overboard” rescue drill with a PFD in 30 seconds or less.
  5. When beating, be able to set the tell tails by adjusting the jib or tiller.
  6. When performing a downwind jibe, hand retract the boom to avoid problems.
  7. Demonstrate close haul, beam reach, and running positions of the boom.
  8. Secure the boat after sailing by folding the sails, securing halyards, & cleating.
  9. Demonstrate safe upwind and downwind landings at a dock.
  10. Scull with the tiller at least 100 yards on a windless day.
  11. Tip the boat, right it, secure it, and set sail in winds greater than 5 knots. *

* If there is not time we we will walk through this but not do it on the water