Sailboat Racing Clinic - Medicine Lake
Introduction to Racing Skipper I / Crew I
Four Sessions

This is a seminar environment course both ashore and on the water. Maximum number of students ashore is eight. Maximum number of students on the water is two per boat with an instructor/coach. We will work on tactics, rules and theory using a short PDF version of our PowerPoint presentation followed by sailing our one design Flying Scot sailboats.

We work on boathandling, sail trim and spinnaker handling during the four sessions which include two club races. The spinnaker during the first and second club race may or may not be flown based on weather. Starting, boat against boat speed and tactical drills are included.  We finish each club race with a debrief of both the race and your performance!  Upon completion of this course, you will have the skills and confidence to compete successfully as skipper or crew in your local racing events.  Prerequisites: You should have the ability to confidently sail a boat on your own with a complete understanding of Sailing Made Easy sailing theory.

The course is suitable for graduates of our American Sailing Association Basic Keelboat Certification.

Who should take this class?
Anyone interested in learning how to become a racing skipper or crew should consider taking this course.  We suggest that students have an American Sailing Association Basic Keelboat certification or have commensurate sailing experience that is equal to or exceeds the Basic Keelboat Standard.

None, but we recommend anyone considering this course have completed an American Sailing Association Basic Keelboat course or have commensurate sailing experience that is equal to or exceeds the Basic Keelboat Standard.

What will I learn?
Introduction to racing skipper gives graduates a strong introduction to racing sail trim and balance, upwind strategy and tactics, starting strategy and tactics, downwind strategy and tactics and beginning racing rules.

Students will receive a Northern Breezes certificate of completion.

How will I spend my time?
This four session class runs from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Sessions one and three start with a review of PowerPoint followed by on-the-water sailing. Sessions two and four start with quick review, final boat preparation and actual club race followed by race debrief. The Sunday times are 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm. From May through the end of August, students are encouraged to join us on Wednesday nights and Sunday afternoons for our weekly Club Racing.

How do I register?
The course is offered in May, June, July and August, check calendar for specific dates.  Call or email the form to register now!

What should I bring?
Comfortable weather appropriate clothing, athletic shoes, and plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.  Food/snacks is generally bring your own! If you have your own PFD, bring it! Otherwise it comes out of a box! If you need anything else, give us a call we usually can help.


Clinic size is limited to 2 students per boat!

Medicine Lake, French Regional Park, Plymouth, MN.

2016 Dates:
July 26, 27, 28 (6:00 pm to 8:30 pm) & 31 (12:30 to 4:00 pm)
Price:  $249 This is a $200 Savings off Twelve Hour Course
August 16, 17, 18 (6:00 pm to 8:30 pm) & 21 (12:30 to 4:00 pm)

Price:  $299 This is a $150 Savings off Twelve Hour Course

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Northern Breezes Sailing School
3949 Winnetka Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN  55427
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