Basic Crewing/Sailing Course  - Tacoma, Training Sail #1

Field trip: Basic Crewing/Sailing Course

Basic Crewing/Sailing Course - Tacoma, Training Sail #1 - Silver Breeze, Delin Dock

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

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  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)

Meet at 0945.  Please park on the street or your car could get towed.  As you look at the parking lot from the street,  the entry to go down to the slip is at the left, look for the glass door.  Call me at 253-677-6949 and I will come up and meet you at the gate.  I can give you the bathroom code at that time.  Bring a lunch/snack and something to drink.  We will plan for the activity to last up to 4 hours.  Please call about one hour ahead to confirm.  The activity will only be cancelled if there is too much wind.

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 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

Silver Breeze, Delin Dock


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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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