This is the course from Aug 15-17, rescheduled due to a death in the family of the owner of the boat-that's why it is full at the time of posting. However, as I have found out all summer, things happen & people have to cancel, and sometimes at the last minute. If you are interested in this course, please put your name on the waitlist then contact me ([masked] or[masked]) to pick up a book to show that you are interested & ready to fill an empty spot if it comes available.
Here is the info from the previous listing:
I previously owned & operated a sailing and self-awareness school for women for 17+ years then taught in various locations when I was out cruising. Thus, my speciality is building confidence in women and teaching in the way that women learn best. (Men only course at another time.) One of the initial goals is to convert as many novices to crew status as possible. Skippers will obviously also benefit from this by having educated crew.
However, this course is not just for novices...I also teach experienced sailors who want to increase their confidence and skill level. (In fact, the vast majority of students during those 17+ years were experienced but lacked confidence.)
Actually, I found that it works quite well to have novice & experienced sailors at the same time. As I am teaching the ‘whys’ of everything on the boat, the novice is gaining understanding while the experienced crew has many "ahah" moments as the gaps in their knowledge get filled. Removing gaps helps build confidence. Also, the experienced crew helps the novice by explaining what they know. The result is they either find the gaps in their knowledge or realize they know much more than they realize, thus again boosting their confidence.
I will tailor the course to suit the needs of those who sign up; this course is tailored to your needs. However, I do need to start somewhere to give you an idea of the content. When teaching women I like to explain all the whats & why before actually getting out there. The tentative agenda is as follows: on the first day, we’ll go over everything explaining the whys, hoisting the sails, learning points of sail, learning everything we can, answering all your questions, so we are ready to get out there & practice on the second day.
Everyone will be asked to read chapters from my book, "Sailing in Balance" prior to the course. I am condensing lots of information in a short period of time so everyone having read the same information prior to the course will allow the learning curve to be much steeper. The cost of the book is $20. You can pick one up from me--I live near Fort & Cook Streets. Phone[masked] or email [masked].
There is no set fee for the course. I will put my tips jar out at the end of the day & everyone can decide the value they received & their ability to pay. However, people still ask me for a guideline...so let's say anywhere from $20 to $50/hr (I was earning $50/hr when I was teaching in Florida prior to coming to Victoria). That translates into a minimum of $5+/hr with 4 people ($6.50+/hr with 3, etc.) up to however appreciative you feel. (When there is more than 4 people, the minimum is still $5+/hr/person.) Another way of thinking of it is that $20/hr is the price of the meal in a restaurant. That is the bare minimum. However, if you appreciate the services rendered, it is customary to add a tip on top of the bare minimum, the amount of the tip being your choice.You have to make it worth my while yet I don't want to break your bank while I am trying to pay my rent. :)
Everyone will be required to sign a waiver. There will be a maximum of 4 on the course.
This course will run 9:30 to 4:30 on Saturday & Sunday Sep 6 & 7. Morar II, a Van de Stadt Legend 34, owned by Claude & Lynn Monchamp, is located at a private residence dock at 55 Tovey Crescent near View Royal on the Esquimalt Inlet. Claude & Lynn & I have been discussing this course since January. Since Lynn does not have her own Ahoy Sailor's membership & rather than confusing you with what looks like a man on the course I have added Lynn as my guest. Lynn's good friend, Mary, & hopeful crew aboard Morar II, is also taking the course. Since Mary is also not a member of Ahoy Sailors, I have also added her as guest.
Please be at the boat 9:15 so we have a chance of starting by 9:30. See the comments in the courses taught on June 19/20, June 24, and July 20/27 feedback from those who have already taken the course.
Please contact Capt. Tricia at [masked] or[masked] if you have any questions.