I wonder if they teach sail shape control in the ASA courses?
No, not in the ASA101 basic keelboat class I took. There are so many hours of class and sea time. I don't believe there is enough room in that type of class to get into the depth of sail shape. It's way too much and might be a put-off for some people.
If I remember correctly, we had about 10-12 people in the class, then split up into different 24 ft Hunters.
Some people could have handled more info as we sailed, for others it was a struggle to keep the boat moving. Some people take to the tiller naturally and others...
A few couples and in one or two instances 1/2 of the couple was just learning to be able to sail in a pinch. I know this because the instructor took an in-class poll as to who was in the class and why.
Lots of safety and rules of the road. We spent a lot of time on figure 8's, quick gybe, and dousing sails-starting the engine. Learning how hard it is to even keep your eye on the person in the water.
We did go over reefing and he tried to drive home the importance of flattening sail, but without time and weather I think it was lost to some of the people in the class.
I spent my first couple of summers sailing with the traveler as far to windward and the rail as deep in the water as I could get it. I was oddly addicted to sailing close hauled. I would go out in any weather, I probably scared some of my friends out of sailing. Not on purpose, I though they would be having fun if they where cold, wet and hanging on for dear life. I was reading books that said I was going slower but not caring if it felt faster