Basic Crewing/Sailing Course  - Tacoma, Dock Side Training Session

Field trip: Basic Crewing/Sailing Course

Basic Crewing/Sailing Course - Tacoma, Dock Side Training Session - Folie á Deux, Swantown Marina

Dockside training session / first training sail for students of Tacoma's Basic Crewing/Sailing Course.

  • Easy
  • Easy

We're local racers so weather isn't a factor for us but it's your first sail and we want you to have a great time and learn. With that said, please call us 1 hour prior to the trip to confirm we are heading out. We will only cancel the trip if the winds look a little too frisky for your first sail. We pride ourselves on safety!

Let's plan to be on  the dock, with the class beginning, at 11:00am. 

  1. Joy's cell: 253-820-2394 (call when arriving)
  2. Jeff's cell: 253-405-4726
  3. Swantown Marina, slip H46 
  4. Call me when you arrive and I'll walk up and give you a parking slip for your car.
  5. Our boat does have a bathroom:)
  6. Be sure to check the list for recommended items to bring aboard, especially gloves and PFD. If you don't have a PFD, we have some.
  7. We plan for the total time together to be around 3 hours. It could be more if the weather is lovely and everyone wants to stay out longer. *Let us know before departing what your time constraints are*

This is the first of four sails included in the Tacoma Branch's Basic Crewing/Sailing Course.  Students of the course should only sign up for one Training Sail #1 activity.

An outline of topics that will be covered during this training sail is under the "Required Equipment" tab 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 your skipper 1 hour before the start of the activity to make sure it is still a go.  Please show up on time.


Folie á Deux, Swantown Marina

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

At The Dock

  • Demonstrate safe proper boarding "permission to board”.
  • Safety and boat review.  Walk through boat, cover safety rules, don PFDs.
  • Quick review of parts of the boat: bow, stern, hull, deck, cockpit, keel, rudder, tiller(helm), mast, boom, lifelines, stanchions, bow pulpit, stern pulpit, masthead fly, port, starboard.
  • Standing Rigging (keeps mast standing); forestay, backstay, shrouds, spreaders.
  • Running Rigging (moves); halyard, sheet, cunningham, boom vang, furling line.
  • On Board; rig boat, tiller/wheel lesson, cleat lesson, winch lesson.
  • Knots demo: bowline, round turn and 2 half hitches, clove hitch, figure 8
  • Undocking; stress difference in "prepare" and "do" cast off.

Under Power

  • Steering - boat turns around keel.
  • Basic powerboat right of way.
  • Discuss onboard, water and land signs for identifying true wind direction.
  • Observe masthead fly through 360 degree turn.
  • "Prepare to hoist main”: main sheet off and free to run, vang off, head to wind. 
  • "Hoist"

Under Sail

  • True wind vs apparent wind; head up, head down.
  • Rough trim for points of sail. 'When in doubt, let it out’ 
  • Practice tacking, rotate crew.
  • Trim to Telltales for close and beam reach.
  • Drive to Telltales for close hauled.
  • Terms; head, clew, tack, foot, luff, leach.
  • Demonstrate; halyard tension, cunningham, outhaul
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