Indianapolis Sailing Club - Event Information

Event Name:Adult Training Beginner 1 Class
Event Type(s):Adult Training
Description:Join us for Adult Sail Training at ISC!
Event Date:5/13/2017
Event Time:1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location:Indianapolis Sailing Club
11325 Fall Creek Road
Indianapolis, In 46256

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Contact Person:Chic Clark & Matt Rush
Details:Fee:  $75 – due before the first class.  Please makes checks payable to ISC and send to the Office with a note for adult training class to Michelle Sarber, Office Manager

This year the adult sail training program curriculum has been reviewed and updated.  We’re looking forward to getting started with the renewed program on May 13th with our first session.  Each session will begin promptly at 1PM and should be expected to end at about 5PM.   In addition to teaching sailing technique, the program will also seek to train participants in proper use of the club safety boats.   Space for the program is limited and there is a charge.  $75 is the cost for the program and funds are payable to the Indianapolis Sailing Club.  Michelle Sarber will be taking down information for registration and collecting payments.  To register please e-mail Michelle at:  Registered participants will receive an e-mail with additional details on what to bring and what to expect for each session.  Life Jackets are required for all participants.  The club does not provide life jackets.

The new curriculum will be broken down into 4 parts.  In our first session on May 13th, we will cover parts of a boat and sailing terminology as well as the fundamentals of the physics of sailing.  Students will learn how to properly rig one of the club owned boats and will participate in land based hands on demonstrations to learn about wind and weather awareness, when it is safe and not safe to sail, and proper sail trim.  Weather permitting we will then move on to demonstrating proper technique to launch a boat and prepare it to leave the dock.  Finally students will get wet as we conduct the all-important capsize drill to teach participants how to safely recover from a capsize.  All participants are required to participate in a capsize drill.
Day two will take place on May 20th.  There will be some brief land based instruction, but we’ll quickly move on to launching boats and sailing.  Instructors will work with participants to develop techniques for safely leaving and returning to the dock and once that is complete we’ll head out to practice what’s been learned in the classroom.  Instructors will lead structured exercises that reinforce key skills with a focus on boat control and sailing efficiently on a reach. 
Day three is scheduled for May 27th and will again include only a brief amount of land based discussion before rigging and launching boats.  On day three instructors will help students further develop skills and progress from controlling the boat on a reach to sailing efficiently both upwind and down wind.  The day will culminate with participants executing a simulated man-overboard drill and sailing around a typical triangle race course. 

By day four, to be held on June 10th, participants will have developed a good fundamental understanding of sail trim and points of sail.  We will use the 4th session as an opportunity to practice those skills by conducting some practices races and free sailing.  Since the 4th day of the course coincides with a club regatta, interested students will also have the option of fully crewing a boat as a team and participating in the regatta event if they desire.   For those who choose this option, a coach will be on board to assist, but students will be responsible for all hands on sailing of the boat.  

If you have questions about the program or curriculum, please don’t hesitate to contact Chic Clark at or Matt Rush at                  
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