Laguna Woods Yacht Club Sailing Academy
The Sailing Academy offers club members the opportunity to acquire and utilize sailing knowledge and skills through both classroom and on-the-water instruction by our highly skilled and experienced instructors. Classroom instruction is used to introduce the students to sailing concepts, including how a sailboat functions, points of sail, sail trim, maneuvering under sail and under power, docking, navigation, and tying knots used on sailboats.
Subsequent on-the-water application of classroom concepts is accomplished through training sessions on board the club sloop s/v Hiatus.
Two courses are offered each year. The first is an introductory course that will offer sufficient sailing skills to enable a graduate to participate with confidence in crewing activities on a sailboat as well as enhancing the overall sailing experience.
An intermediate course offered later in the year teaches more advanced skills and knowledge with the goal of providing the student with the ability to sail and dock the boat independently under the supervision of the instructor.
The Sailing Academy Courses
Courses for 2023
Intro to Sailing - Course Objectives
The course objective is twofold. First is to offer an introduction to the art and process of sailing for new sailors, or a refresher course for sailors who have been away from sailing for a time. A second goal is more practical and entails preparation to participate in the onboard activities during an actual sail.
We will be using the American Sailing Association’s textbook titled Sailing Made Easy, ISBN: 978-0-9821025-0-3
Class was held February 20th to March 27th
Class handouts can be found below:
Week 1 - Classroom 1 - The Wind.pdf
Week 2 - Classroom 2 - The Wind Pt. 2.pdf
Week 5 - Classroom 5 - Rules of the Road.pdf
See below for a sample syllabus
Intermediate Class - Course Objectives
This class is for the sailor who has taken the Intro to Sailing class AND has mastered the concepts taught in that course. Alternatively, if you have equivalent active sailing experience (participating in the work of sailing) and know your terminology, points of sail and fundamental pre-sail boat prep, this class is for you too. The course will including reading assignments and practical lessons at the dock and underway,. Class size will be limited to allow for adequate hands-on instruction aboard Hiatus. Please do not enroll if you cannot attend all sessions! See below for a sample syllabus
We will be using the American Sailing Association’s textbook titled Coastal Cruising Made Easy, ISBN 10: 0982102518 / ISBN 13: 9780982102510. Please ensure that you have the text prior to our first meeting.
TENTATIVE DATES for 2023: October -November
See below for a sample syllabus from past courses
Click below for presentations used in the 2022 Intermediate Class
For further information please contact:
Tammy Rones (951-283-2925)/firstname.lastname@example.org
Click below for presentations used in the 2022 Intro to Sailing Class
Click below for the presentations used in the 2020 Intro to Sailing Class
Links to videos used in the classes: