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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?