Clinton Lake Sailing Association

Next Class: Racing Rules of Sailing Intro
April 7 @ 7pm
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Learn to Sail in 60 Minutes

Learn to Sail in 60 Minutes

In this 60-minute video, Eric will teach you everything you need to know to sail from point A to point B.   The boat in the video is a Flying Scot, the same boat used to teach CLSA sailing lessons.  Learn to Sail in 60 Minutes can be taken by anyone, whether preparing for an on-the-water learning program or those interested in learning more about the sport.  Page numbers are referenced in the video so you can easily follow along in textbook.  

Recommend Digital Textbook: 
Learn Sailing Right - Beginning Sailing ($17.95)


Practice Knots at Home

We will not be reviewing knots during our class.   

Recommended: Purchase the ReferenceReady Nautical Knot Tying Kit for Boaters and Sailors from Amazon for $14.95.  




Little Red Book

Track your progress and earn certification through US Sailing. 

Certification Record Book

Student record book of 14 basic skills for use in sailing programs.

Only $1.50.  Order directly through US Sailing

Earn small boat certification by demonstrating knowledge and on-the-water proficiency with US Sailing Certified Instructor present.



Intermediate Sailing

Intermediate Sailing Part 1
Feb 17 @ 7pm
Textbook chapter 1-5


Intermediate Sailing Part 2
Feb 24 @ 7pm
Textbook chapters 6-11
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Intermediate Sailing

Intermediate Sailing is for sailing faster and smarter with greater confidence.  Where sailing is simplified for beginners as they learn fundamental skills and concepts, intermediate sailors are ready for deeper explanations and some of the details behind how a sailboat works. 

Purchase Digital Textbook:
Learn Sailing Right - Intermediate Sailing ($17.95)



Capsize Recovery & Rescue

Capsize Recovery & Rescue

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Capsize Recovery & Rescue

Attend this 60-minute zoom workshop and learn how to safely recover from a capsize.  We’ll review video footage of capsize recoveries and discuss the recovery techniques used for both single-hand and multi-person dinghies.  We’ll also explain rescue considerations and best practices for safety boat operators when assisting with the rescue of a capsized boat. 



Spinnaker Handling

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Spinnaker Handling

Attend this 60-minute zoom workshop and learn to sail with a symmetric spinnaker.  We’ll review video training footage and discuss basic and intermediate spinnaker handling techniques that are common on boats sailed at Clinton Lake.  We’ll review the processes for a hoist, jibe, and douse.  Register today and meeting details will be sent to you the day of the workshop. 



Crewing 101

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Crewing 101

Let's talk crewing basics!  In this class we'll talk about the roles and responsibility of crew  members on on a 2-3 person dinghy.  





Wind Shifts & Compass

Wind Shifts and Compass  April 1 @ 7pm

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Wind Shifts & Compass

Tack on the headers and reach the windward mark faster!  Watch out for persistent shifts.  Use your compass to determine whether you are lifted or headed.   CLSA instructors will explain how to leverage your compass and how to turn it into a tactical advantage over your competitors.  




Rules of Racing Intro

Rules of Racing Intro  April 8 @ 7pm

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Rule of Racing Intro

Learn from experienced regatta racers on how to approach learning and applying the rules of racing.   We'll also discuss how to handle a rules situation both on the water and off. 

Recommended Books (Optional):

  1. The Racing Rules of Sailing 
  2. Understanding the Rules of Racing through 2024
  3. 100 Best Rules Quizzes through 2024


Tip: US Sailing members can download the US Sailing Rules of Racing app for free.  Members also receive a Racing Rules of Sailing book for only $7 and 25% off all store purchases.  


Starting Line

Starting Line  April 15 @ 7pm

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Starting Line

A good start greatly improves your chances of scoring a good finish.   Learn from experienced regatta racers how to approach the start of a sailboat race and learn training exercises that will give you a competitive advantage on the race course.  



Windward Mark 

Windward Mark  April 22 @ 7pm

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Windward Mark 

Approach the windward mark and navigate congestion with confidence.   Our instructors and coaches will explain rules considerations and tactics that will give you a competitive advantage when rounding the upwind mark.  




Leeward Mark/Gate

Windward Mark  April 29 @ 7pm

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Leeward Mark/Gate

Approach the leeward mark and gate and navigate congestion with confidence.   Our instructors and coaches will explain rules considerations and tactics that will give you a competitive advantage when rounding the downwind mark.  




Q&A Sessions

Q&A Sessions  Ad Hoc

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Q&A Sessions

Have a question about something we didn't cover?  Or a topic that needs more explanation?  Please submit questions and we'll follow up with you.  Once we compile a good list of questions, we'll host an ad hoc class so everyone can learn from the conversation.  



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