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

Field trip: Basic Crewing/Sailing Course

Basic Crewing/Sailing Course - Tacoma, Training Sail #1 - Dulcinea, Chinook Landing Marina

Second training sail for students of Tacoma's Basic Crewing/Sailing Course.

  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 12.0 nm

Please park in the Chinook marina parking lot, and text me from the gate at the ramp.  I will come up and let you into the gate, it is locked.

My cell phone number is 253-350-2256.  If you are going to cancel, please notify me at least an hour before the meeting time.   If I need to cancel due to adverse weather, I will notify everyone signed up for my boat by 11:00 AM the day of the sail.

Meet at the Marina at 1:00 in the afternoon.  We will do a dockside session to familiarize with the boat, then head out on the water.  Depending on conditions, we will be out 2 to 3 hours. 

We will be sailing rain or shine, so bring a raincoat, hat, sunglasses.

We will relax and have an adult beverage after the sail, so bring your favorite beverage to enjoy once the sailing lesson is complete.


This is the second 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 #2 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.


Dulcinea, Chinook Landing Marina

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 1st training sail - during the sail, mention names of all running and standing rigging and parts of the boat;
  • Adjusting sail shape - halyard tension/cunningham, outhaul tension.  Changing shape to match wind strength.
  • Adjusting headsail trim - why first?, fairlead position (slowly head up and watch telltales break)
  • Adjusting mainsail trim - use of the traveler vs main sheet;
  • Practice tacking, rotate crew - sail to an upwind “mark”;
  • Sail all points of sail and discuss sail trim as heading changes, rotate crew;
  • Practice jibing, rotate crew, demonstrate sailing “by the lee”;
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