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Re: Do sailing instructors ever teach actual sailing?

When I teach 101 we get from 5 to 6 hours on the water each day plus classroom. I've never had a class want to stay out any longer. Everyone is very tired. We do a lot of maneuvers, tacking, jibing, sailing in circles, COB.

I make sure everyone is challenged regardless of their experience.

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right of way
My courses were well done.
Perhaps not that well done if they taught you that any vessel has right of way.
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Perhaps not that well done if they taught you that any vessel has right of way.
It would be an appropriate term to discuss in a class if you were on the great lakes or western rivers where he's from.
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Re: Do sailing instructors ever teach actual sailing?

I taught one section of our club's Sailing for Women course.(in classroom)
My discussion included
why the sailboat doesn't move like driving a car
turning- pivoting on a center point
prop walk - docking fun
current and wind effects on course and steering when sailing
situational awareness
proper technique for tossing a line
how to choose the right life jacket
The first 4 topics are maneuverability issues which I have never seen addressed in a course.
I think you need on-hands action in a small one design to really learn to sail.
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It would be an appropriate term to discuss in a class if you were on the great lakes or western rivers where he's from.
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(ii) Notwithstanding Rule 9(a)(i) and Rule 14(a), a power-driven vessel operating in narrow channel or fairway on the Great Lakes, Western Rivers, or waters specified by the Secretary, and proceeding downbound with a following current shall have the right-of-way over an upbound vessel, shall propose the manner and place of passage, and shall initiate the maneuvering signals prescribed by Rule 34(a)(i), as appropriate. The vessel proceeding upbound against the current shall hold as necessary to permit safe passing.
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It would be an appropriate term to discuss in a class if you were on the great lakes or western rivers where he's from.
If that is so, then I humbly apologize.
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What puzzles me a little, is why only the great lakes and western rivers? We have rivers and tidal estuaries everywhere. It's considered a courtesy and good seamanship to give-way to the vessel traveling downcurrent elsewhere but because it's not in the "rules" the courtesy is often disregarded.
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Our five day cruise and learn course offered quite a bit of hands on experience. I had the opportunity to make 9 docking and 8 cast off procedures on 5 different docks and slips. I did two mourings and an anchoring.
The course included textbook study of right-of-way rules reinforced with daily experience making way. There was a basic navigation component and chart reading.

I can't imagine skippering a boat with any less instruction than I received. It was an excellent experience.
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Re: Do sailing instructors ever teach actual sailing?

I learned 15+ years ago in Boston (Boston Sailing Center). At the time you didn't get certified in anything, but they let you use there boats afterwards for a month anytime (daytime) with anyone - they definitely had incentive to teach sailing. Solings with no engine and no electronics. They each had a paper chart, lifejackets, and sails. If you joined you could use them alll season.

They also had more advanced courses...and always the same - complete the courses and you could use the larger boats (up to 40 footers).

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I learned 15+ years ago in Boston (Boston Sailing Center). At the time you didn't get certified in anything, but they let you use there boats afterwards for a month anytime (daytime) with anyone - they definitely had incentive to teach sailing. Solings with no engine and no electronics. They each had a paper chart, lifejackets, and sails. If you joined you could use them alll season.

They also had more advanced courses...and always the same - complete the courses and you could use the larger boats (up to 40 footers).
Same at the Boston Harbor Sailing Club although they also had a Pearson 26 fleet. If you had that membership you could also use the Solings. There were some bigger boats but they were a more expensive membership.

I was only there for a season and then bought a Pearson 30.

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