Learn to tell a jib from a mast in class
The Tacoma Mountaineers is offering a basic crew-sailing course beginning March 26.
Participants in the course will be taught to rig a sloop-rigged sailboat, assist in departing from and arriving at a dock under power, have a basic understanding of sail trim and sailboat maneuvering, understand basic personal gear requirements and safety practices for sailing under conditions which may be encountered during Mountaineers sails, and have a basic understanding of charts and navigation aids.
There will be three classroom sessions, set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. on March 26, April 2 and April 9. The location still is to be determined.
Attendance is required at one on-the-dock/first training sail session March 31 or April 1, as well as at a second training sail on April 14 or 15. Class participants must also take part in two experienced sails.
No previous sailing experience is required. Course books will be mailed out prior to class start along with reading assignments.
The cost is $95 for Mountaineer members and $150 for nonmembers. Registration closes March 26 at 5 p.m.
For information, contact Laura Crews at 253-677-6949 or email@example.com. You can register online at tacoma mountaineers.org/activities/
Course participants should bring these items along. It is a good idea to use a soft duffel bag for easy stowing without metal. Buckles can scratch.
1. Nonskid deck shoes or sea boots with nonmarking soles.
2. Leather-palmed finger or fingerless gloves for line handling.
3. Warm clothing head to foot Note: The temperature on the water is usually lower than on land.
4. Foul-weather gear: Layers are good
7. Knife on lanyard
8. Whistle on a lanyard
9. Food and drink
10. Flashlight and/or red-lamp headlight
11. Personal flotation device if you have one. Most boats will have extra PFDs.