Longshore Sailing School

Longshore Club Park Westport, CT

Archive for July, 2009

July 25 Safe Boating Class

The July 25, 2009 Safe Boating class will be held at Longshore Sailing School.  Class will begin at 9:00 am and last until 5:00 pm.  Please bring a pen, pencil, and bagged lunch as we will have a working lunch break.

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See you tomorrow!

New Classes: Starting July 27

Session C of the Junior program is starting this Monday, July 27th. There will also be three new adult sailing classes beginning this weekend.

Advanced Sailing (ADV-C) will meet on Monday-Friday from July 27 – August 7 at 11:30 am – 2:30 pm. Introduction to Catamaran Sailing (IC-C) will meet Mon.-Fri. of July 27-31 at 9:30 am – 12:00 pm. Performance Sailing (NOM-C1), which is taught on our high performance sailboat, the Nomad, will also meet on Mon.-Fri. of July 27-31 from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Advanced Catamaran Sailing (AC-C2) and Kayaking Adventures for ages 8-11 (KY-C2) will meet Monday-Friday of July 27-31 from 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm.

Adult Basic Sailing (ABS-5) and Adult Advanced Sailing (AAV-5) will meet from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm on the Saturdays and Sundays of July 25-26 & August 1-2. Adult Intermediate Sailing (AIS-5) will also meet on the Saturdays and Sundays of July 25-26 & August 1-2, but from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

If you are interested in registering for any of these courses, feel free to contact us, drop by, or register online here. As a reminder, Session 3 is still continuing onto its second week and will be ending Friday, July 31.

Session 2 in Review

Session 2 of the Junior Program has ended, and we are now moving on to Session 3 beginning this Monday, July 20th. The last two weeks of classes were tremendously fun for me as an instructor, and I am sad to see my students go. In this past Session, both of the classes I taught exceeded expectations on the written exam and in sailing abilities.

Longshore’s Junior program is designed in a way that urges students to repeat courses at least once before moving onto the next level. It is our belief that you can always take something new from review of the same material, and can always benefit from more on-the-water experience. That being said, there is no “failing” at Longshore Sailing School. Students who repeat a course usually have a stronger grasp on both theory and skills than do students who move directly from one course to the next. We do not ever expect every student to “get it” on the first try. We were all once students as well and therefore know that it sometimes takes a while for certain concepts to click both in the class room and on the water. Nonetheless, five students in my Intermediate Sailing course still received perfect scores on the exam and over half of the class received a 90% or higher. My Start Boating Right course similarly had five students tie for our high test score award. Successful classes like these with such eager students are what make me and my fellow instructors love working at Longshore Sailing School.

But don’t worry! We do much more than lecture and drill. Throughout Intermediate we had races, free sailing, and a very, very fun game of sponge tag in which two instructors (including myself) rapidly became involved. In Start Boating Right, we had kayak races, kayaking trips to Cockenoe and Compo Beach, and again, more sponge tag and capsizing practice during sailing, which is always a hit with the kids.

Each class is unique and stands out. I will take memories from this Session, and hope that my students do too.

New Classes: Starting July 20th

Session 3 of the Junior Program will be starting this Monday, July 20th.

Two Start Boating Right classes, two Basic Sailing classes, an Intermediate Sailing class, and an Advanced Sailing class will be taught Monday-Friday from July 20-31.  In the morning, Start Boating Right (SBR-31), Basic Sailing (BAS-33), and Intermediate Sailing (INT-35) classes will meet from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. In the afternoon, Start Boating Right (SBR-32), Basic Sailing (BAS-34), and Advanced Sailing (ADV-36) will meet from 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm.

Performance Sailing, Introduction to Catamaran Sailing, Advanced Catamaran Sailing, two Kayaking Adventure classes, and Safe Boating for Juniors in which students will be certified for their Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate, will meet Monday-Friday from July 20-24. Advanced Catamaran Sailing (AC-31), Kayaking Adventures for ages 8-11 (KY-31), and Safe Boating for Juniors (SBJ-31) will meet from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm. Performance Sailing (NOM-31) will meet from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Introducting to Catamaran Sailing (IC-32) and Kayaking Adventures for ages 12-16 (KO-32) will meet from 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm.

Session B will continue onto its second week this Monday, and will end on Friday July 24th. As always, thank you for continuing to learn with us. Keep sailing, and we’ll see you all soon!