Your instruction may start with a Sunfish, a Capri 16.5, or the very stable and exciting WindRider 17 Trimaran. Later your lessons may move on to another boat as your skills progress. Depending on the weather, the last part of your lessons may be sailing out to an island and back with the instructor in one boat and the student in another.
For many newbies it is recommended that you start on a Sunfish. Often, for
the first hour of instruction, the student will be in shallow water, while the coach goes over basic parts
of a sailboat, rigging, basic sailing theory, turning (tacking and
jibing), points of sail, avoiding a capsize, capsize recovery, getting out
of a stall and more.
After a very short break, the second hour may be spent with coach and the student sailing on the same boat, while the student is in control of both the tiller and the sail. The third hour may be spent on two sailboats with the student sailing on his/her own, as the instructor follows and coaches the student. Additional sessions may be scheduled to cover advanced techniques, such as man overboard drills and most of all, feeling the enjoyment and magic of sailing.
$80 for a Sunfish, plus $60 an hour for the instructor.
$120 for a larger sailboat, plus $60 an hour for coach.
Download Free 9-page PDF tutorial file covering covering the Main Parts of a Sailboat, Directions on a Boat, Sails and Rigging. See SmallSailboats.Net
Purchase the full Small Sailboats Made Fun and Easy ($12.00)
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What to bring with you:
Hat, Water Shoes, Sunscreen, Drinks, Cash or Check.