Sailing Clinic for Newbies on Willin' - Saturday Afternoon

  • November 24, 2012 · 11:00 AM
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On Saturday afternoon, I am planning something a little different.  Let's call it a "Sailing Clinic".  We have done this a couple times before as "Racing Clinics" where we covered all the basics of sailboat racing.  The intent here is to give an "Introduction to Sailing" starting with the very basics.

We will get together in a classroom format and cover basic keelboat sailing - the physics of sailing, terminology, marlinspike seamanship (knot-tying), safety, wind and weather, navigation, etc.  This will be a lot longer version of the one-hour orientation that we usually give before every sail.

After lunch, we will go out for a two or three-hour sail and put our new knowledge into practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will experience many different wind and sea conditions and try all the points of sail.  You may participate in the sailing of the boat as much, or as little, as you desire.

Please bring a sweater and a jacket, it is supposed to be nice this weekend, but not all that warm.  Bring foul weather gear and a PFD if you have them (I have some extras), and wear non-marking soled shoes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have ginger ale and bottled water on board.  Please bring your lunch or you can buy lunch at the Java House restaurant and snacks and beverages for the sail.

Willin' is a big, modern, safe, well-equipped, well-maintained yacht with full electronics and instrumentation.  We will not be pushing her to her limits and we will enjoy a safe, comfortable sail.

We have had some incredible outings in the past, so please check out some of the previous "Newbie" Meet ups:

http://www.gotwaw.com/photos/5402722/

http://www.gotwaw.com/photos/1237803/

http://www.gotwaw.com/photos/3641422/

Your forty-dollar donation will help defer costs. If you have a question about this or anything else give me a call, or email me, to discuss.

Please sign up and let me know if you think that this type of event would be beneficial for you.

OK, let's go sailing and have some fun.

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  • Mark

    This was one of the most enjoyable GW&W sails yet. We had a great crew - a good mix of newbies, intermediates, and salts. The weather was perfect for "an introduction to sailing" experience - one crewmate enjoying her first time on a sailboat. A nice light breeze and an easy sail over to the estuary. We tied up at Jack London Square and had a late lunch at Scott’s. Sailing back at sunset was awesome.

    November 25, 2012

  • Sophia

    Thank you so much for this wonderful trip. Mark is a great teacher.

    November 24, 2012

  • Chris P.

    This sounds great, another weekend I would definitely join you.

    November 24, 2012

  • Sergei Z.

    Sounds like lots of fun

    November 23, 2012

  • Russell W.

    This is an _excellent_ idea; looking forward to hearing how this went.

    November 20, 2012

  • Mark

    Please watch the video "The Phyics of Sailing" by WQED here: http://science.kqed.org/quest/v...­ before you come sailing this weekend (or even if you aren't).

    November 20, 2012

  • Mark

    I am often asked if I can recommend any books on sailing. I whole-heartedly recommend "The Complete Sailor" by David Seidman. It has something for everyone - from the very beginner to the advanced sailor. It is easily understood, with good illustrations and it is written with a good sense of humor.

    November 20, 2012

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