Adult Sailing Lessons

A Note From The PYC Sailing Committee Chair  

lightningAs many of you know, the Club has purchased two 19’ Lightning sailboats.  The Club owned Lightnings are available to members to use, and we encourage you to take them out for a sail or sign up for adult sailing lessons.   The Lightning is both a great daysailer and high-performance racing boat. 

You should contact either our Sailing Program Director or myself – to make arrangements to use the boats so we can ensure that they are not already scheduled to be used by another member or for lessons.  Once cleared to use a boat, there will be a sign out sheet in the dock house.      

Best Regards,
Ned Joyce
PYC Sailing Committee, Chair 

Sailing Basics (Session I)

Two 4 hour lessons conveniently situated on the weekend consist of both classroom and on-the-water instruction in a Lightning sailboat.  These lessons will be taught by US Sailing Certified Instructors.

Participants will become familiar with sailing terminology, sailboat safety, marlinespike seamanship, rigging, raising and dousing sails, leaving a mooring, steering, the effects of wind, tides, and currents, points of sail, tacking and jibing, controlling the angle of heel, and getting safely back to the dock or mooring in a seamanlike manner.

Graduates of this introductory class will be qualified for the Beyond Basics session offered the following weekend.  Note: You do NOT need to be a member of the Plymouth Yacht Club to learn to sail and get out on the water.

2017 information: Adult Sailing registration

Beyond Basics (Session II)

Two lessons and one “solo” sail will typically consist of preparatory chalk-talks and on the water instruction in a Lightning sailboat. These sessions will each be four hours long and will be given by US Sailing Certified Instructors. 

Participants will hone the skills learned in “Sailing Basics” and they will be introduced to more advanced aspects of sailboat performance and handling. Topics will include sail shape and tuning for speed, use of tell-tales, sail trim, weather, anchoring, safety equipment, rules of the road, too much wind, tips for rescue and escort boats, and basic navigation skills. The classes will culminate with a “solo” sail for all students.

You may also speak with the instructors for additional or alternate lesson times if there is a schedule conflict; to learn more, please contact the Program Director and/or Manager at the Club. 

Note: You do NOT need to be a member of the Plymouth Yacht Club to learn to sail and get out on the water.

2017 information: Adult Sailing registration