Sailing Seminars In Winter Can Set A Proper Course


First Session -- Cruising -- Is Scheduled For Feb. 9

January 30, 1991|By Nancy Noyes

Whether your interest is cruising seamanship or improved racing performance, winter sailing seminars are available to help set you on theproper course for a rewarding 1991 season.

First on the agenda is North Sails' one-day 1991 North U. Cruising Course. Originally scheduled for a single session on Saturday, Feb. 9, it filled up so fastthat a repeat session to accommodate the overflow demand has been set for Sunday, Feb. 10. But North Chesapeake spokesmen say it also is filling up quickly and is near capacity.

Based on the successful racing course North has offered for many years, the 1-year-old cruising course is designed to make cruising and day-sailing "faster, safer, easier and more fun." It focuses on preparation, upwind and downwind sailing, wind and weather, safety, seamanship and heavy-air sailing. Like its racing counterpart, the all-day cruising course includes a textbook/manual, which is also available separately.

Fee for the seminar is $75, with lower rates available for group enrollments. The course book costs $29.

Racing performance is the focus the following weekend. The two-day North U. Smart Course racing seminar is set for Feb. 16-17, and the Annapolis Doyle-Allan loft's back-to-back Doyle Racing Seminars is scheduled thesame two days.

The Smart Course is aimed at skippers and crew members. It promises to "fine-tune your racing skills in many areas," including starts, upwind and downwind strategy and tactics, rules, mark roundings, weather, current and other topics of special interest to racers.

Both the manual and the course materials recently have been updated, and North is recommending the course even to its previous graduates.

Tuition for the North U. Smart Course, which runs from 9 a.m. Saturday to 4 p.m. Sunday, is $150 for the first person and $130 for each additional family or crew member, with preregistered groups of five or more enrolled for $120 per person. The Smart Coursetextbook and its Fast Course counterpart are available separately for $33.

For more information, or to enroll in either the North U.cruising or racing course, call 269-5662.

Up the road at Anne Arundel Community College, veteran racers and sailing instructors BillGladstone and Dave Flynn will conduct the paired Doyle Racing Seminars, with Racing Fundamentals set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, and Advanced Racing scheduled for the same time the next day. Thecourses can be taken separately or as a pair.

The introductory fundamentals course, which covers starts, upwind and downwind strategy and tactics, sail trim, helmsmanship and crew organization, is designed for beginning racing skippers and crewmen with limited experience. It is intended to teach reliable boat handling, consistent boat speed and sound tactical approaches.

The next day's advanced course, which assumes good fundamentals and a certain amount of experience, focuses on second-nature boat handling, superior boat-speed techniques and sophisticated and sometimes unconventional tactics and approaches.

Both courses include Gladstone's "Performance Racing Technique," which also is available separately for $25.

Tuition for theDoyle-Allan seminars is $75 for a single day or $125 for both for skippers, and $60/$100 for crew. For more information or to register, call 268-1175.

Gladstone also will offer his Performance Racing Techniques Seminar at the University of Delaware in Newark on Saturday, Feb. 9. For more information on this, contact Carolyn Floor, 302/451-8842, or Linda Hall, 302/451-8836. Fee is $75.

Of course, North and Doyle-Allan aren't the only local sailmakers offering instruction and advice. Both Shore and Sobstad also will be announcing seminars soon, with Sobstad's set for some time in late February and Shore'sin March. The Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association also will announce soon the full schedule of its March seminars.

Co-presentedby the U.S. Naval Academy, and staged in its spacious classrooms, the CBYRA seminars list already includes Bruce Nairn on upwind sail trim, Dave Flynn on downwind sailing, Arnie Gay on heavy weather sailingand cruising in comfort, Jim Cullen on finding and training crew andWednesday Night racing, Rob Mairs on fine-tuning weather predictionsfor local bay conditions and the Maryland Pilots' Association on commercial shipping from their point of view. Watch for special notice in "The Traveller," or call CBYRA at 269-1194.

The West River Sailing Club in Galesville is continuing its winter tradition of seminars. They feature Alan Krulisch on "High-Tech Racing" with on-board computers on Feb. 9; boat design, including the latest on the America's Cup front on Feb. 23; Ed and Mary Jordan on "Long-Range Cruising" March 2; Bruce Empy on "Racing Tactics" on March 16; and a crew of experts from Hartge's boatyard on "Boat Repair" on March 30.

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