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Learn-to-Sail: Wednesday Series
Wednesdays 5:15pm - 7:15pm from May 15 through early September.
Upcoming 2013 Learn-to-sail Series classes:
|Learn-to-Sail Wed Series||Class|
|Wed, May 22, 2013||Learn-to-Sail Class 1 & 2|
|Wed, May 29, 2013||Learn-to-Sail Class 1 & 2|
|Wed, Jun 05, 2013||Learn-to-Sail Class 1 & 2|
|Wed, Jun 12, 2013||Learn-to-Sail Class 1 & 2|
|Wed, Jun 19, 2013||Learn-to-Sail Class 1 & 2|
|Wed, Jun 26, 2013||Learn-to-Sail Class 1 & 2|
|Wed, Jul 03, 2013||Learn-to-Sail Class 1 & 2|
|Wed, Jul 10, 2013||Learn-to-Sail Class 1 & 2|
|Wed, Jul 17, 2013||Learn-to-Sail Class 1 & 2|
Who May Attend:
- Class 1: Anyone new to sailing at MIT, whether you have previous experience or not. This lesson will introduce you to the policies and procedures of the Sailing Pavilion.
- Class 2 : Anyone who has taken Class 1, including novice sailors who would like a refresher.
- You must bring a valid MIT ID (you may bring one non-MIT guest).
- Everyone must be able to swim — no exceptions. You should be able to meet the standard MITNA swimming requirement, but don't need to present proof.
- Come dressed for sailing for Class 2. You should wear sneakers in the boat. Keep in mind that your clothes might get wet with muddy Charles River water.
Before the class:
DescriptionBoth lessons are offered simultaneously from 5:15 PM to approximately 7:15 PM every week. It will take you two different Wednesdays (not necessarily consecutive) to complete the sequence of classes. You can start on any Wednesday, and take as many weeks as you need to complete the series. You make take Class 2 more than once if you need a little extra help.
- Class 1: Classroom lecture and on-the-dock demonstration:
- The first class will serve as an introduction to the sailing program at MIT. Your instructor will explain how the Sailing Pavilion operates, what sort of activities the Pavilion offers, and the basic rules and procedures of sailing at MIT. Your instructor will also cover the basics of how to sail a small sailboat. You'll take a tour of the Pavilion and its boats and facilities. Your instructor will demonstrate how to rig the Tech Dinghy and how to perform basic sailing maneuvers such as launching from and landing at the dock, tacking and jibing. At the end of the class, you'll learn how to unrig the Tech Dinghy and how to tie a few basic knots. Homework: Review the handout and practice the Stunsail Tack Bend and Bowline knots.
- Class 2: On-the-dock demonstrations and sailing:
- Participants must know the stunsail tack bend and bowline knots before coming to this lesson. Everyone will rig their boat and make ready to sail. Your instructor will explain your sailing course and will review proper sailing technique. He or she will demonstrate launching and landing at the dock and basic sailing maneuvers. Participants will launch their boats one at at time, sail to the mark, and then sail back to the dock to land. Instructors on the dock will assist with launching and landing and an instructor in a motorboat will assist you on the water.
Note: The content of the Class 2 may change due to wind, weather, and the number of participants. The primary concern of your instructors is the safety of the students.
Handouts:You can use these handouts both before and after the class:
- Welcome to Sailing at MIT: An introduction to the Sailing Pavilion
- Wednesday How to Sail Notes: The basics of how to rig and sail a Tech Dinghy
- Knots you need to know: Bowline, Stunsail Tack Bend, and Mooring Cleat
- Wednesday Class Handout: All three of the above documents in one PDF