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Lesson Introduction


The SBCSA provides summer sailing lessons to introduce newcomers to the sport of sailing and to provide training in basic sailing skills and safety on the water. Sailors with some previous experience who are looking to improve their skills are also welcome. Lessons consist of a combination of dockside instruction followed immediately by on-the-water practice. Only students sail the boats but the instructors are always nearby in outboard-powered safety boats.

Five levels of lessons are offered each season: Youth Introduction to Sail I & II, Intermediate Youth Sailing, Advanced Youth Sailing, and Adult Introduction to Sailing. Students must be at least 8 years old, able to swim 75 yards without a lifejacket, and be able to right a capsized boat.


Youth Lessons & Scholarships

Four levels of lessons are offered for youth as young as 8 years old. Successful completion of Youth Introduction to Sailing I is a prerequisite to moving into more advanced lesson opportunities. Students must be at least 8 years old, able to swim 75 yards without a lifejacket, and be able to right a capsized boat. A limited number of scholarships may be available to assist youth with lesson fees. Scroll down for more information about how to apply.

Youth Introduction to Sailing I

Prerequisites: Must be at least 8 years old, able to swim 75 yards without a lifejackets, and be able to right a capsized boat

Course Objectives:

  • Learn basic parts of a sailboat
  • Learn basic knots
  • How to rig and de-rig the pram
  • Launching and docking
  • Sail upwind and downwind
  • Turn a boat (tack and jibe)
  • Practice crew overboard recovery

Cost: $70/member, $95/non-member


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Youth Intro I Schedule 2019:

Session 1
9:00 A.M. – Noon
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 6/17 – 6/20
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 6/24 – 6/27

Session 2
9:00 A.M. – Noon
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 7/22 – 7/25
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 7/29 – 8/01

Session 3
9:00 A.M. – Noon
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 8/05 – 8/08
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 8/12 – 8/15

Youth Introduction to Sailing II

Prerequisites: Youth Introduction to Sailing I

Course Objectives:

  • Build on skills learned in Introduction I
  • Perfecting tacking and jibing techniques
  • Sailing upwind close hauled
  • Sail trim and telltales
  • Sail controls and sail shape
  • Proper weight distribution

Cost: $70/member, $95/non-member


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Youth Intro II Schedule 2019:

Session 5
1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 6/17 – 6/20
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 6/24 – 6/27

Session 6
1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 8/05 – 8/08
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 8/12 – 8/15

Intermediate Youth Lessons

Prerequisites: Youth Introduction to Sailing II and instructor approval

Course Objectives:

  • Refine skills learned in Intro to Sailing II
  • Using a jib
  • Optimizing sail trim
  • Optimizing boat trim
  • Defining duties of helm and crew
  • Introduction to racing

Cost: $125/member, $150/non-member


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Intermediate Youth Schedule 2019:

Session 7 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 7/22 – 7/25 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 7/29 – 8/01

Intermediate and Advanced Youth (Sessions 7 & 9) will run simultaneously.

Advanced Youth Lessons

Prerequisites: Youth Intermediate Lesson or equivalent experience and instructor approval

Course Objectives:

  • Refine skills learned in Intermediate Youth
  • Setting a spinnaker
  • Advanced sail trim
  • Advanced boat handling
  • Sailing racing rules
  • Race starting, upwind, and downwind tactics
  • Practice starts and races

Cost: $125/member, $150/non-member


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Advanced Youth Schedule 2019:

Session 9 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 7/22 – 7/25 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 7/29 – 8/01

Intermediate and Advanced Youth (Sessions 7 & 9) will run simultaneously.

A limited number of scholarships are available for those students who cannot afford the lesson fee.



Adult Lessons

Adult Lessons

Prerequisites: Must be at least 16 years old

Course Objectives:

  • Learn basic parts of a sailboat
  • Learn basic knots
  • How to rig and de-rig a sailboat
  • Launching and docking
  • Sail upwind and downwind
  • Turn a boat (tack and jibe)
  • Practice crew overboard recovery

Cost: $170/member, $220/non-member


Download Our Sailing Lesson Registration Form
Adult Intro Schedule 2019:

Session 10
6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Mon, Thu 6/17, 6/20
Mon, Thu 6/24, 6/27
Mon, Wed 7/01, 7/03
Mon, Thu 7/08, 7/11

Session 11
6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Mon, Thu 7/22, 7/25
Mon, Thu 7/29, 8/01
Mon, Thu 8/05, 8/08
Mon, Thu 8/12, 8/15

Session 12
6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Mon, Thur 8/19, 8/22
Mon, Thur 8/26, 8/29
Mon, Thur 9/09, 9/12
Thur, Mon 9/16, 9/19

Private Lessons

Private lessons are available exclusively to SBCSA members at all levels. Private lessons are $20/hr and based on instructor availability. Contact SBCSA at info@sbcsa.org or (989) 922-7245 for more information.


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WHAT TO BRING & LOCATION INFORMATION


Location:
Lessons are held on the Saginaw River in downtown Bay City. SBCSA’s on-the-water facilities are located at the foot of Fifth Street at the north end of Wenonah Park, near the schooner Appledore IV.

What to Bring:
Here is a list of suggested items that you should bring with you to your lesson or when sailing to make your experience more enjoyable.

  • Life Jacket (PFD) – bring your own if you have one, otherwise, SBCSA will provide one for each person. Everyone must wear a life jacket while sailing and when on the floating docks.
  • Sunblock – at least SPF 15, preferably the waterproof variety.
    Hat and Sunglasses – to protect your eyes and skin.
  • Proper clothing – wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move around in and you won’t mind getting wet (from spray). A change of clothing and a towel are always a good idea, just in case. A light jacket may be appropriate if sailing in the evening.
  • Footwear – we require footwear to be worn on the docks. Soft-soled sneakers are recommended, but many students get by with sandals. Whatever you choose, plan on them getting wet.
  • Drinks – bring a bottle of water, juice, or sports drink, plastic only.
  • Snacks – feel free to bring a snack if necessary.

Lesson Text Book:
Most of the material taught in the SBCSA sailing lessons can be found in the book, “Start Sailing Right,” published by the United States Sailing Association. This book is available from any of our instructors or by calling (989) 922-7245 for $10.00 per copy.
All Youth Introduction I and Adult Introduction students receive a copy of “Start Sailing Right” at their first lesson.

Lesson Cancellation:
Lessons may be canceled in the event of high winds or threatening weather. If it sprinkles, we sail; in downpours, lightning, and wind over 20 mph, we don’t. After all, sailing is supposed to be fun and safe. Every effort will be made to notify the students as early as possible but many times the instructor can’t make the decision until they arrive at the dock. Any canceled lessons will be rescheduled.

 

SBCSA
P.O. Box 2122
Bay City, MI 48707

Phone:
(989) 922-SAIL (7245)

Email:
info@sbcsa.org

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