Keelboat Classes

 

Select from the type of class and size of boat that best fits you.

Shields Sloop

Shields Sloop

Now that you have some sailing under your belt it is time to challenge yourself by moving on to bigger boats and new sailing adventures. A fun, fast and rewarding sailing experience lies ahead as you become familiar with our 30′ Shields and the J/105 Becky.

Whether you want to simply become a better sailor, work towards a US SAILING Basic Keelboat Certification, learn how to fly a spinnaker or try your hand at racing we are confident you will find a Shields or J/105 class to fit your sailing needs.

 


 

Shields 1

The skills you acquired in your Learn to Sail classes will be applied and reinforced as you transition from the Lido 14 or Harbor 20 to the heavier, and more powerful 30’ Shields sloop. You will learn how to rig a Shields sloop, seamanship skills, safety topics, docking, reefing, obligations of the skipper and crew, right-of-way rules and safe handling of a larger boat.

  • Prerequisite
    • Ability to swim 50 yards
    • Shields 1 or equivalent experience
  • Book
    • Basic Keelboat
  • Successful completion prepares you for:
    • Shields 2

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Shields 2

Shields 2 is the next step for graduates of Shields 1 who are not seeking a US Sailing Keelboat Certification. The class begins with a quick review of skills learned in Shields 1 and quickly prograss to more advanced boat handling techniques. The emphasis is on boathandling, seamanship, sail trim and sail shape. Other topics will include crew overboard, anchoring, crew work and safety. Some racing and ocean sailing (weather conditions permitting).

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Shields 3 with Spinnaker

Spinnaker Flying

Spinnaker Flying

If you have taken Shields 2 and feel comfortable performing all tasks aboard, you are ready for Shields 3 with Spinnaker. This course focuses on refining helm work and sail trimming skills, but most importantly this class introduces the spinnaker on the Shields. You’ll learn about spinnaker types and the intricacies of preparing, setting, trimming, gybing and dropping a spinnaker. You will learn how to pack the spinnaker, set up the boat, rig the spinnaker pole and at the end of class you will have the skills you need to fl y the spinnaker safely in moderate conditions.

  • Prerequisite
    • Shields 2 or equivalent experience
  • Book
    • Basic Keelboat
    • Spinnaker handout
  • Successful completion prepares you for:

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US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification Course

For students who have completed Shields 1 and are ready to pursue the US SAILING Basic Keelboat Certifi cation. You will review the fundamentals of sailing a keelboat and refi ne your skippering, reefing, anchoring and crew overboard recovery skills. Active participation in the classroom and on the water is required for success. Passing grades on the written and practical tests are required for certifi cation. Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive your US SAILING Basic Keelboat Certification and be ready to move on to Basic Cruising.

  • Prerequisite
    • Shields 1 or equivalent experience
  • Book
    • Basic Keelboat
  • Successful completion prepares you for:

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J/105 – Level 1

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J/105 – Becky

The exciting J/105 is one of the most popular high performance keelboats in America today, with more than 700 boats sailing.  This 35-foot “mostly race boat” is very responsive and fun to sail.  The J/105 features include a big cockpit, retractable bowsprit, and big asymmetric spinnaker.

This class will introduce you to the J/105 and the features of a one-design sportboat including the retractable bowsprit, asymmetrical spinnaker and hydraulic backstay.  After a brief review of sail theory, reefing and crew overboard recovery procedures class will move on to roller furling operation, engine check and controls before going sailing. While sailing the J/105 you will experience all aspects of the boat from steering to trimming sails to deploying the bowsprit, setting and dousing the asymmetrical spinnaker and of course hiking!  Other topics include crew positions and basic spinnaker trim, steering  to the tell tales, packing the asymmetrical spinnaker and much more. 

  • Prerequisite
    • Swimming ability; Shields 1 or equivalent experience
  • Book
    • Performance Sailing Handouts
  • Successful completion prepares you for:
    • J/105 – Level 2

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J/105 – Level 2

For graduates of the J/105 Level 1 class this class will improve your J/105 boat handling skills, understanding of sail trim and ability to handle the asymmetrical spinnaker.  Class will focus on refining helm work, setting, gybing and various techniques for dousing the asymmetrical spinnaker , proper management of the retractable bowsprit, advanced sail trim including powering up and depowering the sail plan, trimming techniques, upwind boat handling and crew organization.  Broaching avoidance and recovery will also be covered.

  • Prerequisite
    • J/105 Level 1, or equivalent experience
  • Book
    • Performance Sailing Handouts

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Thursday Night Racing Aboard the J/105

For graduates of the J/105 Level 1 class this class will improve your J/105 boat handling skills, understanding of sail trim and ability to handle the asymmetrical spinnaker.  Class will focus on refining helm work, setting, gybing and various techniques for dousing the asymmetrical spinnaker , proper management of the retractable bowsprit, advanced sail trim including powering up and depowering the sail plan, trimming techniques, upwind boat handling and crew organization.  Broaching avoidance and recovery will also be covered.

  • Prerequisite
    • J/105 Level 1, or equivalent experience
  • Book
    • Notice of Race, Racing Rules of Sailing

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Private Lessons

Private lessons are available to students who prefer a one-on-one class, want to make up a missed session, or practice specific skills.  Whether you are new to our program, or have taken several classes, your instructor will create an individual instruction program designed to meet your goals.  Private lessons are scheduled for a minimum of 3-hours.

  • Lido 14 – $185 (1 or 2 people)
  • Shields or Harbor 20 – $205 (1 or 2 people)
  • Catalina 42 – $270 (2 or 3 people)
  • Power up to 35′ – $205/hr ( 1 or 2 people)
  • Whaler – $95/hr (1 or 2 people)

All regular scheduled classes are available on a private or semi-private basis.  Contact the school for pricing and scheduling.

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