Upon completion of the Basic Keelboat Sailing Standard course, the successful candidate will be capable of sailing a yacht of about 20 feet in length, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions in familiar waters without supervision. No auxiliary power experience or navigational skills are required. You will gain experience on sailboats of more than 30 feet in length with auxiliary power.
Curriculum - Theory
- Identify and name parts of the sailboat
- Describe functions and use of various parts of the sailboat
- Define terms such as port, abeam & running rigging.
- Identify various sails and parts of a sail.
- Explain sailing terms and points of sail such as "head to wind", etc.
- Apply basic navigational rules for prevention of collision.
Curriculum - Practical
- Hoist the sails, set luff tensions, coil and hang halyards.
- Act as helmsman or crew using proper commands and responses.
- Sail away from and back to a dock and a mooring.
- Sail the yacht to a windward/leeward course while performing tacks and jibes.
- Perform a successful man overboard procedure.
- Safely and properly secure a yacht to a dock and a mooring.
- Learn 6 basic knots and tie each in less than 20 seconds.
There's a great deal more to this course ... such as learning to sail backwards, identifying hull types and learning the proper actions to be taken when sailing in the vicinity of commercial ships, but we'll wait until you arrive in the BVI to go through all the details!
: ASA 103 - Coastal Cruising