Dinghy games - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > General Interest Forums > Learning to Sail
 Not a Member? 


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 07-17-2008
Barquito's Avatar
Barquito
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 1,802
Thanks: 0
Thanked 12 Times in 12 Posts
Rep Power: 7
Barquito is on a distinguished road
Dinghy games

I am sailing instructor at a university sailing club. I am looking for some ideas for games or drills I can do with my inexperienced students. We are sailing cat rigged dinghys. This will be the students first time in the boat, or possibly the second. This could include launching, landing, tacking, jibing, and capsizing.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 07-17-2008
nk235's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Long Island
Posts: 404
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
nk235 is on a distinguished road
Can't think of any "drills" but I think I could think of many fun ways to practice the capsizing part....
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 07-17-2008
chucklesR's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Pasadena Md - Magothy side
Posts: 5,893
Thanks: 9
Thanked 24 Times in 24 Posts
Rep Power: 9
chucklesR is a jewel in the rough chucklesR is a jewel in the rough chucklesR is a jewel in the rough
First time in the boat??? How about sailing basics, I can't imagine they would be up to drills or games at that point.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 07-17-2008
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: New Orleans
Posts: 1,779
Thanks: 3
Thanked 17 Times in 15 Posts
Rep Power: 9
nolatom will become famous soon enough
First-time students might not be your best capsize-drill candidates. Second or third, maybe. Just make sure they're all decent swimmers, I'd expect that Madison water is still pretty cold.

If you set up a simple windward-leeward course, maybe twice around, then you'll incorporate most of what you're looking for. Or to start with, just set up two marks at right angles to the wind, and let them tack or jibe around them, depending on which side you tell them to leave them. That will start them on reaching, tacking, and jibing. Then they can graduate to the windward-leeward course.

Docking and undocking (or landing and launching, if you don't have a dock) will come naturally. Let each crewmember try both, they have to do it anyway.

But there must be some on-line resource to answer your good question. Anyone have a reference?
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 07-17-2008
Barquito's Avatar
Barquito
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 1,802
Thanks: 0
Thanked 12 Times in 12 Posts
Rep Power: 7
Barquito is on a distinguished road
The things we do now include follow-the-leader and doing circles around a hove-to boat. I was just looking for some more creative ideas for games the students could do that would involve sail trim, turning, whatever...

The ice did break late this year, but, the lake is now about 72F.

Last edited by Barquito; 07-17-2008 at 02:46 PM.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 07-17-2008
pfatyol's Avatar
Swansea, MA
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 98
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 11
pfatyol is on a distinguished road
What about a water ballon relay? Pick up Red on the dock must pass it to the hove to boat or relay to the next at a mark. Who is at fault for breaking it, gets pelted by all the boat with their spare ballons. They are going to wet wet anyway.
__________________
Patrick

S/V "Fat-Kat"
C&C 32, Hull #237
Mt. Hope Bay
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 07-17-2008
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 1,295
Thanks: 1
Thanked 13 Times in 12 Posts
Rep Power: 11
capttb is on a distinguished road
Quote:
The things we do now include follow-the-leader and doing circles around a hove-to boat. I was just looking for some more creative ideas for games the students could do that would involve sail trim, turning, whatever...
Sounds like it's time to race.

Last edited by capttb; 07-17-2008 at 08:16 PM.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 07-25-2008
paulk's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
Posts: 2,476
Thanks: 4
Thanked 15 Times in 14 Posts
Rep Power: 14
paulk is on a distinguished road
They may not be up to a downwind bouy slalom course with jibes, but tacking when you sound a signal might work. Neophytes may have all they can do to just sail the boat around a series of marks. Perhaps set them up in two teams and the first team whose boats each complete a course ( including docking at an instructor's boat???) wins? A lot depends upon the conditions you're sailing in and the skills of the participants.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 07-26-2008
merttan's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: CT
Posts: 317
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 7
merttan is on a distinguished road
Boom boom game...
You tack they'll learn by paying attention...
__________________
" I refuse to engage in an intellectual battle with an unarmed man!"

Materialism: Buying the things we don't need, with money we don't have, to impress people who don't matter.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #10  
Old 09-04-2008
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Ireland
Posts: 44
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
duckduckgoose is on a distinguished road
Probably a bit late to be posting this but sure it'll give ideas to someone at some stage.

A game I loved playing while learning to sail is "Pirates". Basically everyone sails around in a designated area (all normal rules of the road apply) and boats try to get a crew member onto another boat to capsize the other boat and get back on their own boat asap. This game really is great because as well as confirming rules like "starboard" and "windward boat", it teaches coming alongside, capsize recovery, what CAUSES a boat to capsize and if done in two person dinghies, teaches people how to sail a 2 sail boat solo, always a useful skill.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Choosing a Dinghy Sue & Larry Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 10-11-2004 08:00 PM
Choosing a Dinghy Sue & Larry Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 10-09-1998 08:00 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:34 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012