Basic Crewing/Sailing Course  - Tacoma, Experience Sail #3

Field trip: Basic Crewing/Sailing Course

Basic Crewing/Sailing Course - Tacoma, Experience Sail #3 - Eleven, Tacoma Yacht Club

Experience sails for students of Tacoma's Basic Crewing/Sailing Course.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 15.0 mi

We will meet at Tacoma Yacht Club (TYC) at 12:45pm on Thursday, April 26 2018. The activity begins promptly at 1:00pm. Please park just inside the main entrance to TYC. Eleven is located on B dock. We will meet at the top of the ramp to B dock.

We will sail even if it is raining so plan accordingly. It is always a little cooler on the water so please bring a jacket. Plan to return to TYC at 4:00pm. After the sail we will have the opportunity to  socialize and talk about the experience.

Please call Bill at 253-370-3176 between 11:00am and 12:00pm on Thursday to confirm the sail. 

If you have any question please call Bill at 253-370-3176.

This is for the third of four sails included in the Tacoma Branch's Basic Crewing/Sailing Course.  Students of the course can sign up for two Experience Sail activities.

An outline of topics that will be covered during this training sail is shown below.  Please review the related material in your course text book before the sail and make sure you ask any questions necessary for you to understand the concept being covered.

Sail activities will take place rain or shine.  The activity may, however, be canceled due to high wind.  Call you skipper 1 hour before the start of the activity to make sure it is still a go.  Please show up on time.


Eleven, Tacoma Yacht Club

Required Equipment

Required Equipment


At The Dock

  • Knots demo: bowline, round turn and 2 half hitches, clove hitch, figure 8;
  • Review process for preparing boat to leave the dock - safety brief, crew positions, difference between “prepare to” and “do” cast off.

Under Power

  • Outline your process for stowing fenders and dock lines and making boat ready to sail;
  • Discuss any right-of-way situations you encounter;
  • Where is the wind?  Discuss onboard, water and land signs for identifying wind direction;
  • Review all steps of hoisting/setting sails.

Under Sail

  • Review all concepts covered in training sails - during the sail, mention names of all running and standing rigging and parts of the boat;
  • Discuss sail shape and trim as you turn through all points of sail;
  • Rotate crew through positions for tacks and jibes;
  • Demonstrate overboard rescue methods - quick stop method, quick turn method, life sling if you have one;
  • Demonstrate heaving to, if your boats does it well;
  • Discuss and demonstrate shortening sail: changing or rolling head sail, reefing main sail.
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