Beginning Sailing Class

The Beginning Sailing course is a good way to determine if you like sailing and wish to continue learning how to sail. Students with no sailing experience who wish to have an introduction to sailing, or those with limited experience can take this course as a refresher rather than starting with ASA 101, which is also offered by CRSA. The Beginning Sailing course is economical, provides classroom and on the water learning experiences.

The beginning course consists of two evenings of casual class work in Lexington and one weekend day on the water at Cave Run Lake. If you have a sailboat, CRSA will provide a captain who can teach you on your boat if you wish. The water experience allows students to put into practice the principles they learned in the classroom.

Topics covered include: types of sailboats, boat parts and rigging, knots you will use, sails and what they do, sailing terminology, steering, tacking, sailing upwind and downwind, safe sailing procedures and coast guard requirements, adjusting sails, safe boarding, handling different wind conditions, rules of the road, leaving the dock, returning to the dock, storing/folding sails, sailing etiquette, trailering a sailboat, backing up a trailer, and staying safe on the water.

This course is offered only once during sailing season usually in Late April or earl May. Space is limited and is on a first paid, first served basis. Please register at least one week prior to the first class.

2022 Beginning Sailing Dates:

  • April 26th – 1st Classroom Session
  • April 28th – 2nd Classroom Session
  • April 30th – On-the-Water Lab

Exact times and the location for the classroom sessions is TBD. The On-the-Water Lab is an all day affair and will take place at Cave Run Lake.

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