Schedule for 2019 IYC Adult Sailing Lessons (5 days on the water) is:

  • September 13th, 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd.

Fee for 5-day session:

  • $560 for IYC Club Members, $620 for non-Members

You must complete the application form for the learning to sail class. Drop-in students are not permitted.


Learning to Sail Outline

Day 1 Introduction to Flying Scot pre-sail preparation and rigging

  • Morning : Coverage of variety of topics; Safety, Governance, wind direction and strength, upwind sailing techniques, points of sail, tacking, boat and wind terminology, tacking practice with sheet and tiller hand transfer. Review of sailors’ equipment – PFDs, appropriate clothing, footwear, and sun protection.

  • Lunch and questions

  • Afternoon: Location of sails, all rigging equipment, and Flying Scots (FS). FSs rolled out, onto the dock to hoist. Introduction to rigging. FSs hoisted into water. Sails raised, rudder and centerboard lowered. Instructor skippers boat to overnight parking area. Boat derigged for overnight parking.

Day 2 Upwind and Tacking

  • Review of previous day’s work and reading, Q&A. Practice knot-tying and untying. Overview of wind awareness, and reading puffs. Introduction to upwind sailing and tacking technique.

  • Rig boat and hoist sails. Reaching and tacking practice on the water, upwind introduction.

  • Lunch and debriefing of morning’s work.

  • Continue reaching/upwind sailing techniques, emphasis on practicing tacks. Sailors take turns skippering and crewing. De-rig boat.

Day 3 Downwind and Jibing

  • Review of previous day’s work and reading, Q&A. Introduction to downwind sailing and jibing technique, and “heave-to” maneuver.

  • Rig boat and hoist sails. Practice heave-to maneuver, downwind sailing and jibing.

  • Lunch and debriefing of morning’s work.

  • Continue downwind sailing techniques, emphasis on practicing jibes. Sailors take turns skippering and crewing.Sailing Instruction: Upwind

Day 4 Sailing with Reduced Supervision, Man Overboard Procedure

  • Review of previous day’s work and reading, Q&A. Discussion of docking procedures. Review of Man Overboard procedure.

  • Sailors rig FSs and hoist sails, then take turns skippering and crewing. Emphasis on Sailors practicing what they have already learned, this time with minimal guidance from instructors.

  • Lunch and debriefing of morning’s work.

  • Continuation of morning sailing activities. Docking drills. Sailors will practice recovering items floating in the water. De-rig boat.

Day 5  Refinement of Skills, Right of Way

  • Course review. Instruction on “Rules of the Road” and Right-of-Way. Instructors give a status report on Sailors and identify what they need to work on. Rig boat and hoist sails.

  • Sailors proceed on the water and take turns practicing what this need to work on. Again Sailors take turns skippering and crewing. Right-of-Way drills.

  • Lunch and debriefing of morning’s work.

  • Capsize recovery review, more practice on the water and refinement of skills.

  • Derig FSs, wash sails, clean and put away boats and equipment.

  • Debriefing and celebration.