Learn to Sail with SCWDC

Basic Centerboard Class:

Sailing lessons from novice to expert will be offered by our talented, American Sailing Association (ASA) certified, SCWDC sailing instructors. Our instructors make sure you'll have fun while learning.  Space is limited so sign up early!

For beginners, or those who want to brush up on their skills, we offer a Basic Centerboard Class on 19’ Flying Scots out of Belle Haven Marina on the Potomac River in Alexandria.  The class is designed primarily for people who have sailed a few times and want to learn more or to be confident sailing on their own.  Through six classes, including four on the water, you will learn how to jibe, tack, adjust the sails for changing winds, dock, and perform man-overboard drills.  Please be aware part of the training will be a voluntary capsize in protected waters of the Potomac.  You also will learn nautical terminology and the working parts of the boat.  Graduates will qualify to take out centerboard boats in sheltered water.  Those who have taken our class before are welcome to attend the classroom sessions at no cost. Students who successfully complete the course and test will receive ASA certification. 

Dates:  Centerboard classroom dates are planned for July 24 and 31 in Vienna, Virginia from 7:15 – 9:15 PM at 2300 Malraux Drive (transportation will be provided from the Dunn Loring Metro upon prior request).

On-the-water lesson dates are July 29 and 30, August 5 and 6 from 9 AM – noon at Belle Haven Marina in Alexandria.

Cost: $140 members; $155 guests       

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For more information, contact Bernie Joiner at 703-560-2203 or Choosri@aol.com OR  David Hastie at 703-799-4967 or TapioIV@gmail.com.

  (To pay by check, send a check payable to 'SCWDC', to Bernie Joiner,  2300 Malraux Drive, Vienna, VA 22182.)

Basic Keelboat Class:  CANCELLED

We also offer a Keelboat Class this summer on the Chesapeake Bay.  This class is designed for those who have taken the centerboard class or who feel comfortable taking a centerboard boat out and want to move up to a heavier boat and sail in more challenging conditions.  There will be 1 or 2 evening classroom sessions in Vienna, VA and 2 on-the-water classes on the Chesapeake Bay from approximately 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Students who successfully complete the course and test will receive ASA certification. 

Dates:  Ground class:  Tuesday, May 30 (the latter date is optional if the instructors decide it’s necessary) from 7:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. at 2300 Malraux Drive, Vienna, VA  22182; (transportation will be provided from the Dunn Loring Metro upon request). 

On-the-water classes:  Saturdays, June 3 and 4 from 9:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Back up dates for bad weather or lack of wind will be set if needed.

Cost:  $330 members, $370 guests, (includes text book, exam, and boat rental)

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Leader:   Scott Hudson, 704-907-0910 (cell) or mrhudso@aol.com

To pay by check, send a check payable to 'SCWDC', to Scott Hudson, 1454 Park Garden Lane, Reston, VA  20194.

Basic Coastal Cruising Class: TBD

For those ready to take a small cruising boat out on the Chesapeake Bay for an overnight sail, we will also offer the Basic Coastal Cruising Course.  The objective of this third- level class is to make the student ready to cruise in local and regional waters.  It is taught on the Chesapeake Bay in boats about 30 feet long. Subjects taught are maneuvering in and out of a marina, boat preparation and inspection, safety, weather analysis, anchoring, and emergency procedures. The students will improve on previously learned skills to feel comfortable chartering. Students who successfully complete the course may take the ASA test for certification. Contact the trip leader to let him know you’re interested.  We need at least four students for this class.

Dates: Dates will be arranged based on students’ availability.

Cost: $300 members, $325 guests (includes text book, exam, and boat rental).

Contact Leader Pete Stogis at 301-680-0864 or email at pedsto@compuserve.com

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