The Spinnaker Clinic teaches sailors how to safely harness the power of the Spinnaker sail. Progress into performance sailing, or just improve your light wind skills on the gentle summer afternoons.
Tired of just sitting still in our light summer winds? Frustrated by boats with those colorful “balloons” passing you? Are you interested in moving into performance sailing, racing, or just improving your light wind performance? Learn how to use the spinnaker to sail on a reach safely and confidently.
Learn about the different types of spinnakers, the parts as well as how to pack and stow them. Students are introduced to the rigging and maneuvering of the spinnaker pole systems used for symmetrical spinnakers, the work-horse of downwind sailing. The class will also rig and fly the asymmetrical chute that’s preferred for reaching across the wind.
On-Water: On the water training is highly utilized and critical to give students practical experience and training at launching, flying, gybing, and dousing along with driving the boat under sail. Students are allowed to attend as many of these four hour sessions as they like. Upon completion students are qualified to check out spinnakers from Island Sailing Club and enjoy exciting downwind sailing.
- Launching and dousing
- Problem solving