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    • 17 Jun 2024
    • 30 Jun 2024
    • 8 sessions
    • Club Locarno Clubroom and laser rigging area
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    Beginner Sailing Lessons

    This is an introductory course for beginners.


    In these 8 lessons, you will get 26 hours of instruction spread along 2 intensive weeks. You can expect to learn the basics of  CANSail 1-2 (that you will need to be able to check out Club Locarno Laser and Vanguards).


    During the lessons you will practice sailing techniques while learning about sail controls, rules of way, local geography, weather and wind pattern to expect in English Bay.

    You will have the opportunity to tack, gybe, capsize, and practice rules of way on our Lasers and Vanguards. You will practice rigging and launching, and learn your way through the clubroom, the logout system to check out boats and where to find sails and foils.

    The goal of the Beginner Sailing Lessons is to confidently check-out and safely skip the first level of Club Locarno monohulls.

    Prerequisites:

    • Being a member at Club Locarno Sailing Fleet.

    Sessions:

    • 2 Monday evenings:           18:00-21:00 (3 hours).
    • 2 Wednesday evenings:     18:00-21:00 (3 hours).
    • 2 Thursday evenings:         18:00-21:00 (3 hours).
    • 2 Sunday afternoons:        17:00-21:00 (4 hours).


    Location:


    Registration.

    Registration closes 48 hours before the first class.

    Cancellations must be done at least 6 days before the first lesson, by email sailinglessons@clublocarno.com

    • 18 Jun 2024
    • 22 Jun 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Club Locarno Clubroom
    • 2
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    Learn to fly downwind!

    The objective of this course is to develop the basic skills that can be used on either mono-hulls or cats when sailing a Spinnaker.

    This course consists of 10 hours of lessons in 3 days:

         - Tuesday 1800-2100

         - Thursday 1800-2100

         - Saturday 1000-1400

    You will be learning on the RS500 and the lessons will be led by a Cansail-certified instructor from MacSailing, who will focus on safety and efficient sailing.

    RS500, Nacra 500spi CHECKOUT

    During the lessons you will have the opportunity to show your rigging, sailing and self-rescueing skills on a boat with Spinnaker like the RS500 and the Nacra 500spi. If you succeed, you will be checked out for Spinnaker sailing.

    Requisites to register

    To be able to take and make the most of this course, you should have CANSail 2, CYA Bronze or equivalent experience, and at least 20 hours as skipper in a mono-hull or recreational catamaran.

    We strongly recommend you are checked-out in at least 2 Club Locarno monohull fleets and Level 1 catamaran.

    Attendance at a RS500 rigging clinic (to learn to rig the spinnaker) would also be helpful.

    In addition, you should refresh your knowledge by reviewing the instructional videos for RS500 Rigging Complete and RS500 Capsize on our website found here Sailing Documents and Links

    The class will meet in the Locarno sailing club room.  Please try to arrive early and ready, so lessons can start on time.

    Remember to bring a wetsuit and towel! Have a great class!


    • 01 Jul 2024
    • 06 Jul 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Club Locarno club room
    • 3
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    Catamaran Refresher lessons - get ready for checkout

    The Catamaran Refresher series consist of 10 hours of instruction led by a Cansail-certified instructor from MacSailing, over three days of lessons:

    • Mondays: 18:00 - 21:00 (3 hours)
    • Thursdays: 18:00 - 21:00 (3 hours)
    • Saturdays: 10:00-14:00 pm (4 hrs)

    *** This course is for NOT for beginners and may include a check out if you are ready for it by the last lesson ***


    Goals

    The goal is to get you ready to check out Locarno recreational Catamarans Level 1 Nacra 500 and 570 as a Skipper on your own. The recreational Catamaran Level 1 Refresher lessons focus on safety, as well as efficient sailing and seamanship. During this 10 hours, you will review and practice your recreational catamaran sailing techniques, gybing and tacking strategies, recommended launching, landing and rigging the Locarno way.

    Nacra 500, 570 (Rec Cat Level 1) CHECKOUT

    By the end of the series, you will have practiced capsizing the Nacra 500 and 570, with the guidance of our CAN Sail certified instructor. During the lessons you will have the opportunity to show your rigging, sailing and self-rescueing skills on Club Locarno catamarans. If you succeed, you will be checked out for Rec Cat Level 1 sailing.

    Upon completion of the Refresher, most sailors are checked out on Recreational Catamarans Level 1.

    Prerequisites 

    To take this course, you should have the equivalent of CANSail 3, CYA Bronze or similar experience to ~50 hours of sailing catamarans both as crew and at the helm.

    This course is for sailors who have sailed catamarans before but do not feel ready yet to register for a Rigging Clinic + On Water Check out and successfully pass it without previous practice. This course will give you the time to do so, so you can confidently check out Recreational Catamarans Level 1 (no Spinnaker).

    This is not a beginner course. For Beginners, we recommend our Introduction to Catamaran for Beginners lessons plus ~20 hours at the helm experience on catamaran to be able to take and make the most of this course.

    Attendance at a Catamaran Level 1 rigging clinic prior to the lessons would also be helpful but not mandatory. Ideally, you will at least review the Rigging Guides and videos from our website - before attending the first class.

    If you are not sure, send an email to sailinglessons@clublocarno.com and we will get it from there!

    Location

    The class will meet near the Locarno sailcraft aisle, under the white tent (you will see a table and a whiteboard).  
    * Please try to arrive early so lessons can start on time. 

    Registration

    The lesson will be cancelled if no one has registered on time.

    Cancellations must be done at least 48 hours before the first lesson, by email sailinglessons@clublocarno.com

    • 03 Jul 2024
    • 07 Jul 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Club Locarno Clubroom and laser rigging area
    • 4
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    Intro to Racing - Sailing Lessons

    Intro to Racing is a great way to learn the basics of racing, and is the course to take if you want to join the Jericho Tuesday evening/Sunday afternoon races, but aren’t comfortable joining by yourself.

    We will cover the basics of racing:

    • how to start on a start line, how to round marks on a race course
    • different flags and countdown signals
    • navigating close and around other boats while following the rules
    • race strategy while you are sailing around the committee boat waiting for your race to start
    • Skills: how to adjust your sail shape with your sail controls in order to get more speed out of your sails depending on your angle to the wind and the wind conditions

    Bonus - The following will depend on the wind, and the group of participants (and how overwhelmed with new information you already feel!), such as:

    • Bonus tactics: Sailing around the committee boat and start pin to get a point on the horizon to line up with the pin so during the start you know if you've crossed the line or not / Looking at the course to see which side has more wind than the other / Watching other boats already on the course to see what angles they are hitting / Looking at the tankers to see which way the current is going / Timing your approach to the start line
    • Bonus skills: balancing skills like roll tacks and rudderless sailing depending on wind conditions.

    We will have three on water sessions: two training sessions and the last session will be joining the Jericho Race on the Sunday noon. This is a great way to participate in your first Jericho race with a coach present to assist you.

    Prerequisites:

    REQUIRED

    • Being a member at Club Locarno Sailing Fleet.
    • Having completed an equivalent of CANSail 2, Beginner or Refresher Lessons.
    • Having attended (or watched online) the Jericho Rookie Racing Seminar. There will be a quiz!
    • Recommended to maximize benefits of this training: 30 additional hours on water after CanSail 2 or Beginner Lessons, 10 additional hours on water after Refresher lessons.

    Sessions:

    • Wednesday evening:    1800-2100 (3 hours).
    • Thursday evening:        1800-2100 (3 hours).
    • Sunday morning:          1000-1400 (4 hours).

    Location:


    Registration.

    Registration closes 24 hours before the first class.

    Cancellations must be done at least 2 days before the first lesson, by email sailinglessons@clublocarno.com


    • 15 Jul 2024
    • 20 Jul 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Club Locarno club room
    • 3
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    Introduction to Catamaran for Beginners

    The Introduction to Catamaran for Beginners consist of 10 hours of instruction on Locarno Recreational Catamarans Level 1, led by a Cansail-certified instructor from MacSailing, over three days of lessons:

    • Mondays: 18:00 - 21:00 (3 hours)
    • Thursdays: 18:00 - 21:00 (3 hours)
    • Saturdays: 10:00-14:00 pm (4 hrs)

    *** This course does not include a check out. ***

    Goals

    This is the perfect course for you if you are a monohull sailor sitting on the edge... maybe never sailed a cat? No problem! not sure how to climb from your Laser to a Catamaran? You are in the right place.

    The objective of this primer course on catamaran sailing is to get familiar with the specifics of a double hull boat, and start to develop the basic skills you need to safely sail a Locarno recreational catamaran Level 1 without spinnaker. You will rig and sail Locarno Nacra 500 and 570 with the guidance of our CAN Sail certified instructor.

    Upon completion, you will be ready to crew Catamarans skipped by more experienced members and take turns on the helm, in different wind conditions, to build up your skills. After ~20 hours of sailing, you and your fellow skippers will have an idea of whether you are ready to try to check cats on your own, in which case you can register for the Rigging Clinic and On Water check out Level 1 led by our Catamaran Captain.

    If after this primer and crewing 20 hours on your own, you do not feel ready yet, no problem, you can take the recreational Catamaran Level 1 Refresher lessons that concentrates on safety, launching and landing, where you will have the opportunity to practice capsizing the Nacra 500 and 570 with your instructor to get ready for check out.

    Prerequisites 

    To be able to take and make the most of this course, you should have the equivalent of CANSail 2, CYA Bronze or equivalent experience sailing monohulls, both single and dual handed. We recommend (not mandatory) our Sailing Beginners lessons or Refresher lessons plus 20 hours of monohull experience or 10 hours crew experience on catamaran.

    Attendance at a Catamaran Level 1 rigging clinic prior to the lessons would also be helpful but not mandatory. Ideally, you will at least review the Rigging Guides and videos from our website - before attending the first class.

    If you are not sure, send an email to sailinglessons@clublocarno.com and we will get it from there!

    Location

    The class will meet near the Locarno sailcraft aisle, under the white tent (you will see a table and a whiteboard).  
    * Please try to arrive early so lessons can start on time. *

    The class will meet near the Locarno sailcraft aisle, under the white tent (you will see a table and a whiteboard).  
    * Please try to arrive early so lessons can start on time. *