This course picks up where Learn to Sail Part 1 left off. It is the next step for those who already know some of the basics, or for Part 1 graduates who are ready for more. In Part 2, we review the basics like tacking and jibing and continue with the rest of the Learn to Sail curriculum, including docking under sail, crew overboard recovery techniques, and refining your boat handling skills.
By the end of the twelve hours, you arrive at the same place as those who take the 24-hour complete course, eligible for a Courageous skipper rating (which means you can sail without an instructor!) and US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification. Please refer to the Learn to Sail course description for more information.
Learn to Sail Part One runs on the following schedules:
- Over one-weekend on both Saturday and Sunday, from 10-4:30 each day, with a half-hour lunch break
- In 3-hour intervals over 4 weekday evenings (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday). Subject to enrollment minimums
Practical skills covered in the course
This is a continuation of many of the skills covered in Learn to Sail Part 1 plus new ones like Crew Overboard Recovery.
- How to use weather forecasts to evaluate sailing conditions
- How to board a sailboat, do an equipment safety check, and prepare to sail
- How to rig, derig, and secure the boat to the dock
- How to safely leave and return to the dock
- How to maneuver the boat: starting, stopping, controlling speed, steering, tacking, jibing, getting out of irons, etc.
- How to handle control lines and trim sails
- How to depower sails if the wind picks up
- How to recover a crew overboard
- How to tie the knots you’ll need
- How to read a nautical chart of Boston Harbor (intro level)
- How to apply the right of way rules
- How to recognize and navigate around aids to navigation
- Sailing terminology
- Basic sailing theory
- Points of sail
- Right of way rules
Get your US Sailing Certification
Our curriculum is aligned with the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Curriculum. You can see the entire US Sailing Keelboat Curriculum which includes part 1 and part 2 (this course) Here
US Sailing Curriculum