So you are new to sailing and you don't know what you don't know. What are 'points of sail', or 'stand-on vessel' or 'leeward' (pronounced lew-ard)? This is a good place to start!
Are you facing the prospect of taking the 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing written test? After completing this course you will be able to pass the exam with flying colors.
Additionally, you will have the knowledge that will bring you to a whole new level of understanding sailing: terminology that will become automatic, and concepts that make sense of your on-the-water experience.
This course is patterned after the format of the American Sailing Association's learn to sail programs. It does not take the place of an ASA instructor or on-the-water practice and experience. However it contains a body of essential knowledge to advance your skills and seamanship.
This course is over two hours of content – utilizing over 250 colorful pictures, graphics, narrations and tips to add to your experience of having “been there done that" (before you ever face the situation on the water for the first time). The content is divided into six modules: Poiints of Sail; Terminology (SailorSpeak); Rules of the Road; Basic Navigation; Knots to Know; and Required/Good to Know. Supplemental content covers several topics in detail… all essential foundational knowledge to keep you safe in a sailboat during day in light to moderate sea conditions and winds.
This is #1 of 3 lectures on the essence of sailing. It introduces to you to a new relationship with the wind.
This is Lecture #2 out of 3 on the very essence of sailing a boat. It introduces to you proper descriptions of the relationships between the sails and the wind that have come down us from hundreds of years of sailing.
Lecture #3 of 3 on Points of Sail. This lecture focuses on sails and sail nomenclature.
Learn the common language of sailing terms and boat parts necessary for teamwork and safety, presented in narrated pictures.
The pecking order classifies the various types of vessels based upon relative maneuverability -- a building block for understanding the Rules of the Road.
What do you do when faced with another boat coming toward you in close proximity? This module explains the Rules of the Road and examples of practical collision avoidance
Correctly reading navigation lights in the dead of night is essential for understanding your relatiionship to another vessel, and altering course accordingly.
Understand the principals of the IALA B buoyage system in use in the Western hemisphere, and how channel marks guide mariners to keep them in deep water and off shoals.
Learn the various beacons and buoys, and their meanings, that one will encounter while cruising... illustrated for easy recognition in the future on the water.
How to tie six basic sailing knots and hitches; characteristics and purpose of each knot
Don't leave the dock without your "six legal six pack"... or you may get a ticket. And here's a pot pourri of things good to know, both for your learning and because they are on your exam.
Supplemental Content on a variety of topics
Following undergraduate studies at Princeton University and a military tour of duty in the Pacific Howard's three-part work career included (1) corporate staff positions with Hewlett Packard and Atlantic Richfield.(2) entrepreneur building four companies, and (3) management consultant and trainer in the field of organizational transformation and development. He has trained thousands of Fortune 1000 employees throughout North America and Asia in organizational change, leadership development and teamwork.
His sailing resume includes yacht deliveries, sailing instruction, captaining sailboat charters in the San Juan Islands (Washington) and Desolation Sound (Canada) between May and October and charter captain and instructor in Florida and the Caribbean between November and April. In his spare time he writes about boating and seamanship.
He has sailed U.S. East Coast ports from Halifax Nova Scotia to Key West, Florida; the Florida Gulf Coast; and U.S. West Coast from Alaska and Canada to Mexico. He has enjoyed sailing yachts in Florida, the Bahamas, Bermuda, B.V.I's, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Puget Sound, Gulf Islands and Desolation Sound (Canada), British Columbia, Alaska and the Sea of Cortez and west coast of Mexico. He has held the position of navigator in several long distance sailing races. Additionally he completed a six month solo voyage with his golden retriever. And is recently returned from one year of cruising Mexico.
Howard holds U.S. Merchant Marine Officer license #1155804, for motor and sail vessels up to 100-gross tons.He is an American Sailing Association instructor, certified in Basic Keelboat (101) through Advanced Coastal Cruising (106).
My passion for the sea and commitment to share skills and knowledge are boundless. Few things give me more pleasure than to travel beside you on your journey to build your sailing confidence and expand your sailing knowledge and take essential steps to living your dream.