Grosse Pointe Club
Junior Sailing Program
"First in Class"
Learn To Sail Details
Week 1: This week is filled with vocabulary, knot tying, mechanics of the boat, a brief understanding of wind and direction, and safety procedures. There is a lot to learn for these beginner sailors before they can hop in a boat by themselves.
Week 2: The first week on the water. Instructors focus on each sailor gaining a familiarity with the boat through individualized instruction and review of week one material. Some sailors may gain a feel for the helm quickly, while others may take a longer. It is important to have all sailors on the same level in order to facilitate a safe environment and form a solid foundation for future skills.
**These are often the most frustrating weeks for both sailors and parents alike. The sailors that grasp the sport quickly are frustrated by the slow pace, and the sailors that are having trouble may become intimidated by being on the water by themselves. Please contact Scott Stevenson during these weeks if you have a specific issue, but be assured that the pace does pick up and no sailor will be left behind in the process.
Week 3-4: Points of sail. During these weeks instructors will focus on downwind and upwind sailing, reading tell-tales, and correct sail trim and tuning. While many of these lessons were taught in previous weeks, sailors now are gaining an better understanding through hands-on experience.
Week 5-6: Introduction to racing. Sailors will begin to race on a simple windward-leeward course. Focus will be on an understanding of the starting sequence, starting (on time), and downwind/upwind sailing.
Week 7: Preparation for Green Fleet. During this week we focus on getting the sailors prepared for next year in the racing program. Instructors will focus on the finer aspects of starting, tacking, jibing, boat handling, tuning, weight placement, with a brief introduction into tactics.