First Sail Experience
Sign up for First Sail and get a chance to experience in person why sailing is one of the most exhilarating activities! This unique on-the-water opportunity is designed to provide a memorable experience that will motivate newcomers to continue sailing. Participants will learn about sailing from one of our instructors on a Colgate 26 keelboat. On your First Sail, you have the chance to start learning basic sailing terminology or just sit back and relax. This two-hour experience is for anyone, so come and join us!
Learn to Sail
Through our Learn to Sail course, students begin to develop a foundation of sailing skills. In this introductory course, you will learn boat parts and their purposes, how to rig and de-rig a boat, points of sail, and basic boat handling skills. Be prepared to get on the water in your very first lesson! Students are asked to pick two class dates that work with their schedule, Learn to Sail is two, 2.5 hour introductory lessons.
*Pick two sessions
Thursday 6-8:30 pm
Basic Keelboat Certification Course
The Basic Keelboat Certification Course is a 20-hour course taught in our Colgate 26 keelboats. Each boat will have 4 students per instructor and includes a comprehensive workbook. With lessons both on the water and in the classroom, you will learn all aspects of sailing, docking, and how to safely captain a boat. Upon completion of the 20-hour course and a written test, students will receive US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification which is accepted at many locations (including Columbia Sailing School) to rent a boat without a captain.
There are no prerequisites for this class, however many participants with no experience elect to participate in a First Sail to gain experience before signing up for the Basic Keelboat Certification Course.
Saturday and Sunday's, 8 am- 1 pm
BK 1- 05/14/22, 05/15/22, 05/21/22, 05/22/22
BK 2- 05/28/22, 05/29/22, 06/11/22, 06/12/22
BK 3- 06/18/22, 06/19/22, 06/25/22, 06/26/22
BK 4- 07/09/22, 07/10/22, 07/16/22, 07/17/22
BK 5- 07/30/22, 07/31/22, 08/06/22, 08/07/22
BK 6- 08/13/22, 08/14/22, 08/20/22, 08/21/22
BK 7- 08/27/22, 08/28/22, 09/10/22, 09/11/22
Weekdays 6-9 pm
Wednesday 1- 05/04/22, 05/11/22, 05/18/22 05/25/22, 06/01/22, 06/08/22
Friday 1- 05/06/22, 05/13/22, 05/20/22, 05/27/22, 06/03/22, 06/10/22
Friday 2- 06/17/22, 06/24/22, 07/01/22, 07/08/22, 07/15/22, 07/22/22
Intermediate/Advanced Keelboat Class
2022 will be the 5th season of our Advanced Keelboat Racing class in conjunction with our Wednesday Night Racing Colgate Inshore Beer Can Series!
In our Intermediate/Advanced Keelboat Racing class you will continue to develop your skills in all aspects of seamanship. This class focuses on the use of a spinnaker and the Racing Rules of Sailing. This class is fun, but also competitive and a little more athletic than the Basic Keelboat Certification Course. We ask that you take into account that you will be actively moving around the boat and using racing tactics, before signing up for this class. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have!
You will be able to compete against other Colgate 26’s from the area in our weekly Wednesday Night Racing series called the Chicago Inshore Beer Can Series. Additionally, you will be invited to attend Wednesday night parties hosted in the tent on the second level of Columbia Yacht Club in the tent with other sailors racing in the series. With hundreds of other sailors joining our Wednesday Series there are plenty of opportunities to meet new people in the community and continue to grow your sailing network!
*Prerequisite a resume and/or Successful Completion of the Basic Keelboat Course.
Intermediate/Advanced 1- 06/15/22, 06/22/22, 06/29/22, 07/06/22, 07/13/22, 07/20/22
Intermediate/Advanced 2- 07/27/22, 08/03/22, 08/10/22, 08/17/22, 08/24/22, 08/31/22