North Sails Chesapeake to hold 2 North U. programs in March

NANCY NOYES

February 21, 1993|By SAILINg

North Sails Chesapeake will play host to two programs from the popular North U. sailing curriculum the first weekend in March.

On March 6, the loft at 317 Chester Ave. on Back Creek in Eastport will be the site of the North U. Cruising Course, a seminar on performance sailing for cruisers.

Designed for anyone who wants to learn how to sail better, regardless of previous experience, the program includes topics such as preparation, wind and weather, upwind and downwind sailing, safety, seamanship and heavy-air sailing.

The course includes the 256-page North U. Cruising Course manual, filled with instructional diagrams and photos.

On March 7, the North Chesapeake loft will be the site of a new North U. offering, its One-Design Course.

This new course in the North U. curriculum is especially geared to one-design sailors, and will cover sail trim, rig tuning, boat preparation, crew work, boat handling, steering, safety and more.

Like its Cruising Course counterpart, the One-Design Course includes an extensive manual, this one newly prepared for one-design sailors, containing articles and diagrams from top-class sailors.

Cost of either one-day course is $80 for those who register at least 10 days in advance, or $90 thereafter.

Additional members of a group can enroll for a 10 percent discount, and crew are encouraged to attend with their skippers. Participants under 16 or over 65 are entitled to a 20 percent discount.

For more information, or to register, call North Sails Chesapeake, (410) 269-5662.

The One-Design Course replaces the Annapolis version of the popular North U. Smart Course racing seminar in the schedule.

Getting most from instruments

The 1993 version of the famed Ockam U seminar series is under way, and coming to Annapolis in March for those who register early.

A one-day seminar offering a chance to learn the tactics, techniques and tricks of some of the world's greatest racing sailors, Ockam U is presented by Ockam Instruments Inc. of Milford, Conn.

Curriculum in this seminar begins with a complete overview of the basics as well as performance-enhancing extras, focused around getting the most from electronic instruments.

Specific subjects covered include using the wind direction readout and why it is such a critical tool; the differences and proper uses of apparent and true wind readings; fine-tuning and the importance of your own important senses; what Polars are and how to use them; velocity shifts both upwind and downwind; why target boat speed is considered by the Ockam U gurus to be the single most important performance racing tool; predicting wind shifts using wind shear and gradient and more.

Sailors of any size boat using any type of instrumentation are welcome to attend.

The course, which will be in Annapolis on March 27 at a site to be announced, costs $125, including all materials, or $112.50 per person for groups of five or more.

Early registration is suggested. Class size will be limited to assure personalized attention.

For more information, or to register, call (203) 877-7453, or write Ockam Instruments, 26 Higgins Dr., Milford, Conn. 06460.

Learn about navigation

Saturday, March 6, is the date, and the Chesapeake Sailing School at Port Annapolis Marina, 7074 Bembe Beach Rd. in Annapolis, is the place for those who want to be sure where they are.

CSS is offering one of its annual sun-sight celestial-navigation classes that day from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school.

The one-day class is designed to familiarize students with the sextant and offer instruction on how to take daytime sights to verify location.

"It's a hands-on class," said CSS' Winston Kinard, explaining that the school emphasizes keeping class size small "so everybody gets to do his thing."

Kinard stressed that pre-registration, preferably as much as two weeks ahead if possible, is important to assure placement.

Tuition is $135, with a $50 deposit required with advance registration.

Kinard said that the course will be offered again the first weekend in May for those who miss out this time.

For more information, or to register, call CSS at (410) 269-1594 or (800) 966-0032.

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