Youth Beginner – Generally ages 8 to 15. Students are introduced to sailing by way of the Optimist Dinghy or Sunfish. This class covers the fundamentals of sailing terminology, understanding the wind, sail trim, points of sail, steering, tacking, gybing, how to rig and de-rig, boat care, crew responsibilities, seamanship and safety including capsize avoidance/recovery and “rules of the road”.
Adult Beginner – Give it a try … don’t let the kids have all the fun! Covers what you need to know to sail a small sailboat (Sunfish or JY15) with an emphasis on fun and safety. The class covers the fundamentals of sailing terminology, understanding the wind, sail trim, points of sail, steering, tacking, gybing, how to rig and de-rig, boat care, crew responsibilities, seamanship and safety including capsize avoidance/recovery and “rules of the road”.
Intermediate – Students will use the Optimist, Sunfish and/or JY15 sailboats depending on age, weight and skill level. Participants should already know how to rig a sailboat and be able to handle a boat on all points of sail on their own. This class builds on the basics with students learning the finer points of boat handling and sail theory. There is an emphasis on developing confidence for sailing alone. Other topics can include currents, weather, racing rules of sailing and more.
Family Any Level – This class incorporates the flexibility to meet the needs of mixed ages and mixed sailing experiences. A family of one or more, parents and children or a group of friends who want to learn more about sailing and have fun together. Depending on sailing skill levels, a parent and child can be teamed up on a boat together or individually. Some may want to learn how to skipper a boat, some how to crew. Our sailing instructors will work with you to figure out what fits. The ultimate goal … Have fun on the water and learn how to sail as a family or small group!
Mixed Any Level – This class incorporates the flexibility to meet the needs of participants of mixed ages with sailing skills ranging from beginner to intermediate. Youth, adults, beginner sailors and more experienced sailors wanting to refine their skills. RCS instructors customize the daily lessons to fit the group and your individual needs.
Bridge to Racing – For youth and adult intermediate and advanced sailors wanting to learn and improve sailboat racing skills and knowledge. Boat speed, tactics and racing rules on all parts of the race course will be covered both in the classroom and on the water.
Private/Semi-Private Lessons – A two hour sailing class for one or two people customized to meet your requirements and schedule. Work with one of our sailing instructors to pick the right boat and what to focus on from just a casual sail on the Bay to an introduction to the basics of sailing or fine tuning some cruising or racing skills.
Adventure Sail – For small groups of 4 to 6 people. A two hour cruise on Irondequoit Bay on one of our larger boats (Capri 22 Keelboat or 19 foot Flying Scot). RCS provides a skipper and shore support, your group gets to enjoy the experience! Our instructor contacts the group lead to work out the schedule and details for your Adventure Sail.
Link to Class Schedules.