CLSA is a great place to practice social distancing! To ensure the safety of our members and their families during the Covid-19 pandemic, a number of practices have been put into place for the 2020 season. As a club and individual members, the Clinton Lake Sailing Association will follow the federal guidelines plus all state and local requirements. Masks must be worn at all times while on the dock and anywhere on our property when someone cannot avoid being within 6 feet of another person.
Learn to Sail at CLSA
We are currently offering learn to sail opportunities for beginner sailors. Join CLSA ($70 Individual/$95 Family) and choose one of our member learning options below. Please visit our Go Sailing! page for more details on all of our education and development programs.
Small Boat Clinics and Workshops
Our small boat instructor team offers clinics and workshops throughout the season.
Learn to Sail in 60 Minutes
CLSA Laser Rigging Video
Here is how we rig a laser at the Clinton Lake Sailing Sailing Association.
Rigging with Rod Clinics
Everyone who participates in the Flying Scot Learn to Sail Program will attend two Rigging with Rod clinics with Fleet 135 Fleet Captain Rod. Each 2-hour session will focus on rigging the boat, trailering the boat, launching the boat at the dock, and storing the boat properly for next use. Sign up here.
Regional Education Programs
Mid Illini Sail and Power Squadron/America's Boating Club
Visit their website for a full list of classes and dates. Offerings include, Weather, Sailing, Boater Safety, Seamanship, Piloting, Advanced Piloting, and more! Don't miss out on their next flotilla to the British Virgin Islands! http://midilliniusps.weebly.com/
Crew Training Videos for Flying Scot
US Sailing Instructor Certification
Educate and inspire sailors, become a certified instructor today! US Sailing offers certification courses for instructors and coaches on a wide range of boats at varying levels of expertise. Courses range from 1 to 5 days, and are hosted by boating programs around the country, year-round. US Sailing Instructor Certification Page.
Learn the Rules of Racing
Learn the Rules of Racing with sailing expert Dave Dellenbaugh ($50). Visit www.speedandsmarts.com to access his online training videos and start learning the rules today.
Learn Sailing Right - Beginner. Textbook used in CLSA Introduction to Sailing class.
ASA textbook links: https://store.asa.com/asa-texts-and-reference-1.html
Getting Started in Sailboat Racing by Adam Cort
The Rules in Practice by Bryan Willils - This book is excellent for learning the rules of racing
Winning in One-Designs by Dave Perry
Sailboat Racing with Greg Fisher by Tom Hubbell.
Positioning, The Logic of Sailboat Racing by Stuart H. Walker - This is an advanced text and suitable for the experienced racer.
Schools and Resources for Women Sailors:
Get your Boater Safety Certificate: Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Take a CPR course: Red Cross of Central and Southern Illinois
The US Coast Guard's page has many links to different safety courses: USCG Boater Safety Courses