Glenn & Steve Card leading a pack in #238 adjacent
to the jibe mark
(barely visible to right) at a Sonar North American Championship.
Need a clue at crowded mark roundings
Racingsm is the course
We'll pack you in plenty
tightly on our fleet of Beneteau First 210's. Start
Racingsm is designed for
sailors who are new to yacht racing or who have limited experience or formal
training at the game. Fundamentals of sailboat racing tactics and
strategy, taming the rule book, starting drills, mark roundings on our
Coursesm, and both practice and scored
races comprise this fun, exciting clinic.
We're pleased to announce that Mark
Ploch of Doyle Sails, Clearwater
and Doyle-Hild Sails, City Island is on board for this program. A
former J-24 North American champion, Mark just got back from the 2000 SORC
in Miami, taking 2nd place out of 17 in the Mumm 30 class (he won the 1D35
class last year). One of America's best sailors, Mark will lend a
special expertise as program consultant and guest instructor.
Prerequisites: Strong confidence
in handling small keelboats, especially in close proximity to moored and
moving objects and boats. Graduates of Start Sailingsm
or competitive basic courses are usually ready if they've kept sailing
afterwards. Check with us before enrolling.
Certification: None. Racing
certification isn't offered by either ASA or US Sailing. However,
with the possible exception of guest expert racers, your instructor/s will
still be certified by ASA, US Sailing or both, ensuring the teaching and
communication skills necessary at any level of sailing instruction.
Curriculum: enough to require
a separate page!
To help you get started, we'll send you
your own copy of the official rule book published by US
Sailing. Study and visual aids such as printed diagrams
and a velcro board for creating right-of-way situations will also be of
great help, but most of the course is spent drilling and racing while we
coach you from a chase boat. A great way to kick it for a few hours
after work (drive out or take metro north, Express Bus, etc.), and also
get a solid foundation in the sport of sailboat racing.
1997 Optimist Pram Carribbean Championship,
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Steve Card, photo
Whether you wind up in a competitive one-design
class, or simply do the local handicap series once a week, this is how
to get started. Even if you're not sure you'll want to race
regularly afterwards, you'll have lots of fun. More importantly,
your boathandlng skills will be sharpened for life!