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420 Cruising Class
Schedule
Monday9am - 11:30am
Tuesday9am - 11:30am
Wednesday9am - 11:30am
Thursday9am - 11:30am
Felix and Will attempt to get inside overlap on Sophia and Leo before the gybe mark
Overview
Age Mininum11 years
Weight Mininum90 pounds
The 420 Cruising class provides an introduction to the fast, twin-sail 420. Students learn the ropes of a new boat in a controlled environment. The class meets regularly in the morning and its ranks are filled either with newcomers to sailing or with students who have already made their way through the Optimist classes. A strong emphasis is placed on basics of larger-boat sailing and all of the skills that students learned when sailing Optimists come back into play with 420s. Students rotate between being skipper and being crew and are presented with the challenge of calculated teamwork.
Fundamentals
  • Points of sail
  • Righting capsized and turtled boats
  • Landing the boat at the dock
  • Finding and sailing in the puffs on the water
  • Locating the wind direction
  • Tacking & gybing (with attention to proper form)
  • Keeping the boat flat (ease, hike, trim)
  • Proper sail trim on the water
  • Beating upwind
  • Steering straight
  • The Safety Position & Heave-to
  • Rigging & de-rigging
  • Weight placement
  • Parts of the boat
  • Learning to skipper
  • Learning to crew
  • Knots: 8-knot, square knot, bowline, half-hitch, sheet bend