Basic Crewing/Sailing Course  - Tacoma, Experience Sail #4 - Fiddler's Green, Foss Harbor Marina

Field trip: Basic Crewing/Sailing Course

Basic Crewing/Sailing Course - Tacoma, Experience Sail #4 - Fiddler's Green, Foss Harbor Marina

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

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 15.0 nm

Meet at Gate 1, Foss Harbor Marina, at 1pm.  The sail will last approximately 3 hours, so we should be back at my slip by 4pm.

The address for the marina is 821 Dock St, Tacoma, WA 98402.  The parking in the small lot at the marina is by permit only.  There is free street parking a little further west (towards the bay), or a pay lot between Foss Waterway Seaport and the next long building on the waterway, Rock the Dock.  Walk back along the water to Foss Harbor Marina and the first gate you come to will be Gate 1.  Give me a call at 253.820.7655 and I'll come let you in.

This is for the fourth 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.

Route/Place

Fiddler's Green, Foss Harbor Marina


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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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