US Sailing Basic Keelboat: Saturdays September 2018
Basic Keelboat will include Preparation to Sail, Crew Operations and Skills, Sailing Theory, Leaving the Dock or Mooring, Navigation, Navigation Rules, International-Inland, Heavy Weather Sailing, Overboard Rescue Methods, Safety and Emergency Procedures, Anchoring Techniques, Returning to the Dock or Mooring. The course will use the "Basic Keelboat" textbook published by the United States Sailing Association. The textbook is included in course tuition. The class will be taught primarily on the water aboard the Riverport Sailing and Rowing School's 26-foot keel boats. Students will practice their on the water skills to gain confidence in operating their vessels. At the end of the course, qualified students will have the option of taking the test to qualify for the US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification.
This course is limited to 8 students, with a 4:1 student to instructor ratio.
Gunter Spilaus - Growing up in South Africa, Gunter comes from a family of sailors. He started sailing at the age of 6 in Optimists, and progressed through the ranks to Keelboats. Gunter joined the South African Navy as a Diver and quickly become a Dive Supervisor. Sailing competitively on large boats all around the Southern tip of Africa he solidified his love of sailing. Gunter earned his USCG Capt license and holds a Level 3 Coastal Kayaking Instructor. After 20+ years of managing outdoor adventure events, running teambuilding programs and guiding tours, he is as comfortable teaching kids in a summer program, as he is presenting to upper management at a corporate event. Gunter is an avid mountain biker and when not sailing, is hiking, biking or skiing with his wife and two daughters.
Christin Ripley - Christin grew up on the Gulf Coast of Florida where she learned how to sail. She has worked on tallships transiting the US East Coast and Caribbean, and sail-freight on the Hudson River. She's taught at sailing schools in Baltimore, Cape Cod, New York City, and NY's Hudson Valley. She holds 100-ton Inland USCG License, and US Sailing Level I and Basic Keel Boat Instructor Certification. When not sailing, Christin is designing and fabricating textiles in her Catskill shop "Objects 'n the Round".
Dates: Three Saturdays: September 9, 16, and 23
Price: $335 for HRMM members (Household & above), $395 for non-members
Location: Riverport Wooden Boat School
86 Rondout Landing
Kingston, NY 12401