Experience Sailing

$50/person, 3.5 hour class, maximum 4/class

Come experience the magic of sailing. There is nothing quite like being powered by the wind and no sound from a motor. The Experience Sailing class gets you out on one of our keelboats with an instructor where you will steer the boat, help trim the sails, learn some terminology, and enjoy the breeze in your hair.

Class Content Includes:

  • Rigging a sailboat
  • Leaving a mooring under sail
  • Basic sailing maneuvers (tacking, jibing)
  • Sailing to a destination
  • Returning to a mooring under sail
  • De-rigging a sailboat

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2017 Experience Sailing Class Dates/Times:

Wednesday, July 12: 5:30-9:00 PM

Sunday, August 20: 2:30-6:00 PM (Full)

Introduction to Keelboat Sailing

$250/person, 12 hour class, maximum 4/class

Our Introduction to Keelboat Sailing course is designed to take you from novice to sailor in four classes. You will learn about the wind clock, how to tack, gybe & tiller steer, how to rig our J/24 Keelboats with a main sail, jib & genoa, and crew-overboard recovery.

Keelboats are a heavier bigger style of sailboat with a weighted keel, these boats are sturdy under high winds, and carry momentum. Our keelboats do not have motors which means you will learn how to sail to and from a mooring buoy. This class is great for people interested in cruising and/or racing.

Class Content Includes:

  • Rigging a boat
  • Rules of the road
  • Person Overboard
  • Upwind and downwind sailing maneuvers
  • Sail trim
  • Tacking and Jibing
  • Safety procedures
  • Approaching and leaving a dock or mooring
  • Securing boat to a dock

Required Reading: We use US Sailing's Basic Keelboat book in conjunction with our classes, and any studying you are able to do before the first class will help us to spend that much more time on the water. You can buy a copy of Basic Keelboat from us or find it online, at the library, etc.  We request that you read at least Part 1 (Sailing Concepts), Part 2 (Preparation), and Part 3 (Your First Sail) before the start of class.

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2017 Intro to Keelboat Class Dates/Times:

Monday/Tuesday 7/10, 7/11, 7/17, & 7/18: 6:00 - 9:00 PM (1 Spot Left)

Saturday/Sunday 8/5, 8/6, 8/12, & 8/13: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Full)

Saturday/Sunday 8/26, 8/27, 9/2, & 9/3: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Introduction to Dinghy Sailing

$250/person, 12 hour class, maximum 4/class

Our Introduction to Dinghy Sailing course is designed to take you from novice to sailor in four classes. You will learn about the wind clock, how to tack & gybe, tiller steer, how to rig the boat, and capsize recovery.

Dinghies are a fast-paced wind powered boat, they traditionally have a drop down centerboard that is not weighted which allows the boat to capsize under extreme conditions. This class is great for beginner sailors that are willing to get wet.

Class Content Includes:

  • Rigging a boat
  • Upwind and downwind sailing maneuvers
  • Person overboard
  • Sail trim
  • Tacking and Jibing
  • Safety procedures
  • Approaching and leaving a dock or mooring
  • Capsize recovery

Required Reading: We use US Sailing's Learn Sailing Right: Beginning Sailing book in conjunction with our classes, and any studying you are able to do before the first class will help us to spend that much more time on the water. You can buy a copy of Learn Sailing Right: Beginning Sailing from us or find it online, at the library, etc.  We request that you read Chapters 1 through 13 before the start of class.

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2017 Intro to Dinghy Sailing Class Dates/Times:

Wednesday/Thursday 7/19, 7/20, 7/26, & 7/27: 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Saturday/Sunday 8/5, 8/6, 8/12, & 8/13: 2:00 - 5:00 PM

Keelboat Refresher/Intro to Keelboat Continuation

$150/person, 6 hour class, maximum 4/class

Have experience sailing but just need a little extra time with an instructor before venturing out on your own? Our Keelboat Refresher course will help you by going over the basics of sailing, orienting you to our fleet and the skills needed to sail to and from the mooring line, and give you the confidence you need to sail on your own. This two-part class uses the same curriculum as our Introduction to Keelboat Sailing course but at a faster pace with emphasis on safety and boat control. If you have completed our Introduction to Keelboat Sailing class and would still like more time with an instructor on board, or it has been a year or two since you have been on the water, this class is a great continuation of your sailing education.

Class Content Includes:

  • Rigging
  • Upwind and downwind sailing maneuvers
  • Tacking, jibing, and hand exchange
  • Approaching and leaving a dock or mooring
  • Leaving and returning to a mooring or dock
  • Safety procedures, such as person overboard

2017 Keelboat Refresher Class Dates/Times:

Saturday/Sunday 9/2 & 9/3: 1:30 PM  - 5:00 PM

Dinghy Refresher

$150/person, 6 hour class, maximum 4/class

Have experience sailing dinghies but just need a little extra time with an instructor before venturing out on your own? Our Dinghy Refresher course will help you by going over the basics of dinghy sailing, orienting you to our fleet, and give you the confidence you need to sail on your own.

Class Content Includes:

  • Rigging
  • Upwind and downwind sailing maneuvers
  • Tacking, jibing, and hand exchange
  • Approaching and leaving a dock or mooring
  • Capsize recovery

No classes scheduled at this time. Contact the Education Coordinator to schedule a Dinghy Refresher course.

Introduction to Keelboat Racing

$350/person, 24 hour class, maximum 6/class

Introduction to Keelboat Racing is an entry intermediate level keelboat sailing class, prior knowledge and experience of sailing is required. However, this class is very much so an introduction to racing - consider it a racing lite course. This six part course will give you a foundation of race knowledge including experience in the different roles of crew aboard a race boat. Instructor ratio is high to offer the ease and feel of total control under often stressful circumstances. If you are interested in advancing your sailing experience, joining a crew to race on Thursdays, or have some experience racing and crave more knowledge and time aboard a boat, this course is for you.

To enroll in this class, you must have taken our Introduction to Keelboat Sailing, a US or ASA Basic Keelboat class, or complete a Race Class Ready checkout with one our instructors*.

2017 Intro to Keelboat Racing Class Dates/Times:

Monday/Thursday 7/24, 7/27, 7/31, 8/3, 8/7, & 8/10: 5:00 - 9:00 PM

*Race Class Ready checkouts are scheduled between instructors and students based on a schedule that works for the both of you. Primary skills we will be looking for is familiarity with understanding of the wind clock, ability to tiller steer, ability to tack and jib boat with or without crew, and understanding of boating terminology. Cost is $20 and can qualify you to rent as well, checkout will last roughly an hour.

Private Lessons

Keelboat: $60/hour, +$30/hour for additional student

Dinghy: $50/hour, +$30/hour for additional student

The Community Boating Center offers private sailing lessons for all ages during the operating season (April through October). Private lessons can be a perfect solution for skill refinement after taking a sailing class, refreshing forgotten maneuvers, practicing person overboard drills, or simply getting the extra attention only private instruction can provide. All lessons take place on Bellingham Bay and depart from the Fairhaven public boat launch next to the Boating Center. 90 minute minimum per lessons. Lessons are scheduled around your schedule and instructor availability.

For more information or to schedule a private lesson, contact the Education Coordinator or call (360) 714-9981