Answer the Leadership Call

Answer the Leadership Call

Many of us are periodically called upon to provide leadership of our class, club, sailing organization, or fleet. If you have been in our sport for a long time and demonstrate keen interest, or have accomplished something as a racer or official, then it is guaranteed....
Bareboat Chartering: A world of possibilities

Bareboat Chartering: A world of possibilities

Each charter destination offers its own special aspects. You may have nursed a life-long fantasy to loll on a snow-white beach in Tahiti or climb the ruins of the Parthenon. Advance research will inform you how to fulfill those dreams or where to go for new...
What Makes a Successful Team Racing Event

What Makes a Successful Team Racing Event

Although team racing has been around for a few decades, it continues to develop into an up-and-coming sailing activity. When the concept of team racing came about it was essentially a group of boats fleet racing against each other. But as the courses, boats, racing...
Speed & Smarts: Follow your strategic plan

Speed & Smarts: Follow your strategic plan

This sounds simple, but it’s not always so easy to do. A strategy is your game plan for how to sail fast up the first beat, a guideline to keep you going the right way. It’s not so difficult to develop a strategic plan – you just have to get out to the starting area...
Small Boat Sailing: Teaching Sportsmanship

Small Boat Sailing: Teaching Sportsmanship

When you’re trying to teach sportsmanship in competitive sailing, there are no proven methods to follow. You need to try different approaches because every group you teach will react differently to the request to “act sportsmanlike.” Practice sessions can fall apart...

Teaching the Racing Rules

Looking for some new, creative and fun ways to teach the racing rules of sailing. Here is a list of considerations from rules expert Dave Perry: On the Water • Practice starts with “live coaching” (vary the favored end) • Starting line too short for all boats to fit...
Five Basic Navigation Rules for Sailing Situations

Five Basic Navigation Rules for Sailing Situations

Courtesy on the water makes sailing more fun for everyone. But beyond courtesy, there are Navigation Rules – like traffic laws – that can be enforced by authorities. Navigation Rules help prevent accidents and apply to the smallest rowboat and the largest tanker. Less...
Case Study: An Emergency Action Plan Report from OCSC

Case Study: An Emergency Action Plan Report from OCSC

When a Life Hangs in the Balance – Emergency at the Club All sailing instructors and program directors are trained in the ‘what ifs’ of safety and risk in our jobs teaching kids and adults how to sail, while providing them opportunities to enjoy their new found...