By Andrew Nelson Andrew Nelson, Youth Sailing Director at The Sailing Foundation in Redmond, Washington, has found success in revitalizing regular youth racing in the Pacific Northwest. Here he shares some lessons and practical advice for others looking to grow the sport in their area. In fall of 2014, I began managing the Northwest Youth
Stress gradually takes its toll when an instructor feels overwhelmed by job pressures. Frequent pressing deadlines, long hours, conflicts, high expectations, insufficient resources, emergencies, sudden setbacks, financial constraints, and preoccupying personal problems are only a few of the things instructors may face every day which contribute to stress. Stress management is particularly important during a
Safety, fun and learning are the three major directives for every sailing instructor. If your students enjoy themselves, return uninjured, and learn something new and interesting you will have met your primary responsibilities to your students. Safety People expect to be safe while in the care of an expert. As a sailing instructor you are
When you’re trying to teach sportsmanship in competitive sailing, there are no proven methods to follow. You need to try different approaches because every group you teach will react differently to the request to “act sportsmanlike.” Practice sessions can fall apart if your team isn’t getting along and all you can is, “Will you please
This Sailing Program sample has been taken from various programs across the United States to provide a greater representation of methods, techniques, and styles. SAMPLE: SYLLABUS Basic Sailing Beginner FORMAT: (8) three-hour lessons for youth or adults for one week or several weeks TOPIC – CLASS 1 Introduction and Course Overview: 10 minutes Team Building:
As you begin a Junior Big Boat Program, keep in mind that you are dealing with a young, energetic crew. The following guidelines will help keep the crew engaged during the on the water training: 1. Make sure each of the JBB candidates stay busy and are engaged. 2. Keep the boat moving and in
The Junior Big Boat Sailing (JBBS) Program is an opportunity for teens to sail with an instructor or coat on 35-45 foot well-outfitted sailboats. The JBBS program is structured around the use of a volunteered big boat lent for use to the program by a club member, owner, or volunteer who receives no compensation for

Teaching the Racing Rules

By: Dave Perry, Author of the North U Rules and Tactics Seminar Workbook, North U Intro to Match Racing Workbook, Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing through 2016, Dave Perry’s 100 Best Racing Rules Quizzes, and Winning in One-Designs. On the Water • Practice starts with “live coaching” (vary the favored end) • Starting line too short for all

Basic Sail Shape for Instructors

Learn about proper sail shape, presented by Richard Feeny. Basic Sail Shape for Instructors
by: Chip Johns, Commodore of the Beverly Yacht Club and former owner of Vanguard Sailboats The process of recruiting and hiring staff for your junior sailing programs can be quite challenging. There are many factors to consider when trying to build an effective staff who are responsible for teaching fundamental skills to impressionable youth sailors. Chip
Nevin Sayre, Junior Sailing Programs Director at Bic Sport North America, discusses the importance of creating more adventure sailing programs for youth at sailing organizations around the country. Sayre offers a fresh, new perspective on engaging young sailors and keeping sailing fun.  
By Rob Crafa and Lynn Lynch There are so many benefits for hosting and taking US Powerboating’s Safe Powerboat Handling Course. Find out how this course can improve the quality of your club’s programming: Hands-on, on-the-water–, practical application of all skills Professional textbook & online / digital teaching aids Boaters with no experience quickly gain confidence

Lake Sailing Tips

By Richard Feeny, US Sailing Junior National Coach, Finger Lakes Junior Laser Champion Introduction The shape of the land to windward of the race course will affect the wind. The first thing to look for is any low area that will let the wind onto the race course. In a flat country with no valleys
by David Dellenbaugh When you’re racing in light air, a three-knot increase in wind velocity might improve your boat speed by 30% or 40% (and you will point higher, too). But in heavy air, the same wind increase might improve your speed only 5% to 10% (and it probably won’t help your pointing). What this

Dave Perry’s Racing Rules: Quiz 23

Quiz 23 Boats W (a windward boat) and L (a leeward boat) are reaching towards the gybe mark. L becomes overlapped with W from clear astern. They are both sailing proper courses and are on a collision course. As they near each other, W hails, “You came from clear astern and I’m on my proper
By David Dellenbaugh When you’re sailing in a lot of breeze, your boat is usually overpowered. Because of this, finding more wind velocity probably won’t help you go much faster or point higher. In fact, in some cases a strong puff might even slow you down. A good wind shift, on the other hand, can