The Sailing Clinic A series is designed for people new to sailing who would like to develop an understanding of how to sail the club dinghies. The same skills developed in this program can also be applied in bigger yachts.
Each clinic will last for 1 hour, from 6 – 7 pm. Wherever possible the clinics will use practical learning experiences and a hands-on approach. See topics below:
(there’s also a little background theory to support your understanding.)
Friday 8 October Sailing Clinic A1: How a boat works/sails Setting up a dinghy, parts and rigging
Friday 22 October Sailing Clinic A2: Points of sailing, tacking and gybing. Steering, centerboards and balance. Reading the wind.
Friday 29 October Sailing Clinic A3: Points of sailing, tacking and gybing. Steering, centerboards and balance. Reading the wind.
Friday 12 November Sailing Clinic A4: Planning for Safety
Getting underway, luffing up and returning to land. Capsize recovery and towing
Friday 26 November Sailing Clinic 5: Sailing together Putting theory into practice with a family cruise for a special Novices Trophy
Meet at the clubhouse
For dinghy sailors with their own boats, here is a link to the recommended Safety Equipment Audit Form from Australian Sailing.
Here are some links to beginner training videos on You-tube:
A beginners guide to sailing UK – recommended (but typo “board reach” is “broad reach” and UK’s “kicker” is our “vang”)
Lecture (in USA)
The physics of sailing (USA)
Learn how to sail – a step by step guide. (US – Josh Post Part 1)
Spinnakers on YouTube. (US – Josh Post Part 2)
“Learn to sail in 20 minutes” (YouTube)
Some more training videos and a video of the last Discover Sailing event are linked from the Videos via YouTube.