Adult Sailing

Adult Sailing

RCS Adult Sailing 2014

Learning the basics and beyond! Rockland Community Sailing adult students learn to sail on beautiful Rockland Harbor aboard 18’ to 26’ boats. Our goal is to get you confident and competent on the water. Expect a “hands-on” approach while learning rigging and de-rigging, the winds and points of sail, leaving and landing on the dock, steering, tacking, and jibing, sail trim, basic chart reading, and safety. Instructors customize the course to cover additional topics such as anchoring, basic navigation, moorings, reefing, heavy weather tactics, and more. A 4:1 student/instructor ratio allows personal attention and time steering the boat. Come discover the satisfaction of mastering new skills. It’s your chance to stop staring at the boats and start sailing! You can download a copy of the (pdf) 2014 Adult Sailing Registration Form here.

The Apprenticeshop’s instructors teach beginner and intermediate level sailing skills, with occasional expansion into more advanced topics. Depending on student ability and interest, instructors will customized classes to meet student needs. RCS instructors cover the 10 basic skill groups listed below. This forms the backbone of our curriculum. There is some instruction modification and variation between recreational, traditional and racing classes.   10 Skill Groups:

1. Preparing to Sail-Weather, Communication, Safety.
2. Rigging the Boat, Parts of the Boat.
3. Wind Awareness and Sailing Directions.
4. Sailing, Steering, Tacking Upwind Jibing Downwind.
5. Leaving and Returning.
6. Overboard Recovery and Heavy Weather Tactics.
7. Charts, Rules of the Road and Navigation.
8. Motors, Dinghies, Rowing.
9. Anchoring, Docklines, Securing the Boat.
10. Knots and Lines.

Adult instructors share their knowledge in a relaxed and hands-on environment where you begin rigging and sailing the boat right from the start. Learning by doing is the key concept in all of our courses. Because our adult sailing instructors are not full-time employees of  The Apprenticeshop we give them at least 48-hours notice for adult programs. Please sign-up early!

18-Hour programs run in June and September.
Class meets twice a week for 3 weeks, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Class size is a maximum of 4 students. Fee is $400.00/student.

Spring Adult Sailing 1  June 2, 4, 9, 11, 16 & 18 (Mon & Wed)
Spring Adult Sailing 2 June 3, 5, 10, 12, 17 & 19 (Tue & Thur)

Fall Adult Sailing  1  September 8, 10, 15, 17, 22 &24 (Mon & Wed)
Fall Adult Sailing 2 September 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 & 25 (Tue & Thur)

12-Hour programs run in July and August.
Classes meet twice a week for 2 weeks, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Class size is a maximum of 4 students. Fee $300/student.

Summer Adult Sailing 1    June 28, 29, July 5 & 6 (2 weekends)
Summer Adult Sailing 2   
June 30, July 2, 7, & 9 (M/W for 2 weeks)
Summer Adult Sailing 3   July 1, 3, 8, & 10 (T/Th for 2 weeks)
Summer Adult Sailing 4   July 12, 13, 19, & 20 (2 weekends)
Summer Adult Sailing 5   
July 14, 16, 21, & 23  (M/W for 2 weeks)
Summer Adult Sailing 6   July 15, 17, 22 & 24 (T/Th for 2 weeks)
Summer Adult Sailing 7   July 26, 27, August 2 & 3 (2 weekends)
Summer Adult Sailing 8  
July 28, 30, August 4 & 6 (M/W for 2 weeks)
Summer Adult Sailing 9   July 29, 31, August 5 & 7 (T/Th for 2 weeks)
Summer Adult Sailing 10 August 9, 10, 16, & 17 (2 weekends)
Summer Adult Sailing 11  
August 11, 13, 18 & 20 (M/W for 2 weeks)
Summer Adult Sailing 12 August 12, 14, 19 & 21 (T/Th for 2 weeks)

Back by Popular Demand!  If you have ever wanted to learn to read navigation charts,
are curious about the who, when and where of the marine industry in Rockland Harbor
or long to learn to race a sailboat, this is your season! Check out our new adult course offerings below!

Adult Learn to Race Class -- Practice on Thursdays from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. to race in
Rockland Harbor on Tuesday evenings, 4:00 to about 7:00 p.m. You are then invited to
enjoy the after race BBQ at the Rockland Yacht Club. Classes meet twice a week for three weeks.
Class size is limited to 3 students. Fee is $400.00.
Adult Learn to Race 1  July 3, 8, 10, 15, 17 & 22 (Th/T for 3 weeks)
Adult Learn to Race 2  July 24, 29, 31, August 5, 7, & 12 (Th/T for 3 weeks)

Navigate & Sail Learn to read charts and use navigation tools with instructor Bob White.
The class meets twice a week (Mondays and Wednesdays) for three weeks. First three
classes are held in the classroom from 6 to 8 pm. The following three classes are held
out on the water, putting your new skills to work. Fee is $300.00 + $50.00 charts &
tools (if purchased from instructor.) Class size limited to 4.
Adult Navigate & Sail 1    April 15, 17 & 22 — classroom meetings, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
April 24, 29 & May 1 — sailing classes, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Adult Navigate & Sail 2    May 6, 8, 13 — classroom meetings, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
May 15, 20, 22 — sailing classes, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Adult Sail into History — Spend two afternoons learning about Rockland’s rich
maritime history from the water with our Waterfront Programs Director, KC Heyniger.
Classes meet from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Fee is $80.00 + $10.00 for guidebook.
Class size limited to 4.
Session 1     Tuesday & Thursday, May 21 & 23 — 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Call KC at 207-594-1800 for additional times.

Download a 2014 Adult Sailing Registration Form complete it and mail it in! Class size is limited! Your non-refundable, 10% deposit received with your signed registration form holds your spot!
Further questions? Contact our Waterfront Programs Director at kch@apprenticeshop.org or call 207-594-1800 X: 13.

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“We rigged the boat and immediately went out to sail. In my opinion, this is the best way to learn. I believe the instructor gave just the right amount of direction to allow us independence. Enjoyed the opportunity to sail 2 different vessels – the Cape Dory and the Bristol 24. This adds a good deal to the experience.” – James Murphy, Adult Sailing Student