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Intro to Sailing

Spring Introduction to Sailing

Sailing can bring you relaxing days on the water, adventurous family fun, or challenging competition. You can choose how you want to enjoy recreational sailing and this class will help as you practice and gain experience. In this three-week introductory class, you will learn the skills to build your confidence and ability to sail. This class is ideal for new sailors. The class is being held in cooperation with Heartland Community College and the Clinton Lake Sailing Association using the fleet of small sailboats at the Clinton Lake Marina.

The textbook portion of the Introduction to Sailing Class topics include: what to wear, safety, points of sail, tacking, jibing, and how to rig boats. During the hands on portion of the class, sailors will learn how to leave and return to shore, rig boats, recover from a capsize, recover a man overboard, complete basic sailing maneuvers, and sail on all points of sail. 

Course Fee: $199.00, plus $15 materials fee paid to instructor.

To register for this course, click here: Spring Intro to Sailing Registration

Spring class dates are: 

Monday, May 21st & Tuesday, May 22nd

Monday, June 4th & Tuesday, June 5th

Monday, June 11th, Tuesday, June 12th & Wednesday, June 13th

The Summer Session 2018 classes are Monday & Tuesdays from 6pm to 8pm on the following dates:

Monday, July 30th
Tuesday, July 31st
Monday, August 6th
Tuesday, August 7th
Monday, August 13th
Tuesday, August 14th

To register for this course, click here: Summer Intro to Sailing Registration

If you have questions regarding the Introduction to Sailing Course please contact our Education Coordinator, Gerry Christman at or call 309-212-6136.

Small Boat Sailing Clinic/Beer Can Race on Saturday, August 11
Our small boat racing clinic is a good way to put new sailing skills into practice, as well as, try out small
boat racing. The clinic usually includes:
 Assistance with the setup of the club's small boat fleet (Laser, Banshee and Sunfish)
 A short chalk talk with some sailing tips (if desired).
 Short races in the week night format. If you don’t feel like racing, just join us for an afternoon of
pleasure sailing.
 A debriefing session following the sailing and de-rigging.
If you plan to use one of the CLSA fleet boats, advanced boat reservations are preferred.
Participation in this clinic is free to CLSA members.