420 – Beginning

This course is designed for sailors who are at least age 12 and who want to learn how to sail double-handed boats. While the 420 will be the primary boat used in the class, sailors will learn to rig and sail Quests, Hobie Cats and other boats, including Beetles. Sailors will learn to both skipper and crew, fly a spinnaker and hike on a trapeze. Even thought this class will emphasize having fun sailing, sailors will also learn the basic of sail trim and weight distribution. Racing tactics will be introduced once basic skills have been instilled. Wednesday races will be encouraged, but not required.

This class replaces the Adventures A/B classes that were offered in the past.

Sailors are encouraged to sign up for a minimum of four weeks. However, two-week sessions might be possible with the approval of the Sailing Program Director.

Days, Times and Duration
Monday,  1:00-4:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.  4-8 weeks

Age Group and Previous Experience
No previous sailing experience is necessary. Sailors will be required to complete a swimming test.

Boat and Equipment
This class uses primarily 420s, which the yacht club provides free, and sailors will have access to other two-handed boats, which will also be provided free. A USCG approved personal flotation device (PFD) is required.

Parent Meetings
Instructors will hold a meeting with all parents and all sailors at the end of the last class each week to review progress.

Rain Days
If class is forced indoors, the session will meet from 9:00-11:00 a.m. or 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Fridays. Sailors will learn knots, weight distribution and sail trim. They will also occasionally play sailing-related games or view instructional videos.

At the end of the session sailors should know and be able to demonstrate all skills needed for both skippering and crewing on a 420, including trapeze work and flying a spinnaker.