KENOSHA COMMUNITY SAILING CENTER
Registration for our 2021 season is open! This season we have new and improved offerings many of which were born out of the challenges COVID presented.
One of the biggest changes is that we are now running the adult sailing courses all summer long, primarily in the harbor on the Rhodes 19s. We used to call upon members to host adult students on their private boats, but we knew that we could not ask that during COVID-19. As it turns out, adults really enjoyed learning in the harbor and we think that the higher visibility may have stimulated interest.
We will offer two beginner’s and three intermediate adult sailing courses in 2021. Each course will be held over five Monday evenings with the first night of class delivered online. Students were frustrated with having to learn basic terminology on the hard. Once they got down to the dock, they really wanted to get on the water (can you blame them?). So, we developed an online curriculum which they can work through at their own pace prior to their first on-the-water class. As these sailors advance and COVID subsides, we hope that you will once again invite them to sail with you. As you know, sailing means being a life-long learner and one never truly grows out of needing a teacher.
Another new offering will be the introduction of family and private lessons. We started offering these courses last year in response to COVID. We thought people in the same household might be interested in learning together. As it turns out, there was interest and now these courses, which are highly individualized, are part of our official line-up. These courses have the added bonus of being able to be scheduled flexibly around a family’s busy schedule.
The other course that we are extremely excited about is our Pod: Racing Course for Experienced Sailors. It was designed for individuals with some sailing experience who want to enter the friendly and competitive world of racing. This course will be taught by Paul Westcott and other experienced racers (if you are interested in helping, please let Paul know). The goal will be to learn how to sail as part of a crew or "pod." It will be held on Sunday afternoons following the Kenosha Yacht Club races.
Class topics and experience will include:
• Use of rigging and boat handling to improve speed, balance, and stability.
• Racing procedures: rules, courses, flags, and other communications.
• Crewing and skippering with various other sailors on a variety of competitive sailboats.
• Racing support roles: starting team, mark observers, infraction analysis, safety, and rescue.
With all of these new and improved course offerings and the large amount of publicity we will receive over our pedal boat rentals, we anticipate tofinish strong.