Laguna Woods Yacht Club


Laguna Woods Yacht Club Sailing Academy

The Sailing Academy offers club members the opportunity to acquire and utilize sailing knowledge and skills through both classroom and on-the-water instruction by our highly skilled and experienced instructors. Classroom instruction is used to introduce the students to sailing concepts, including how a sailboat functions, points of sail, sail trim, maneuvering under sail and under power, docking, navigation, and tying knots used on sailboats.
Subsequent on-the-water application of classroom concepts is accomplished through training sessions on board the club sloop s/v Hiatus.

Three courses are offered each year. The first is an introductory course that will offer sufficient sailing skills to enable a graduate to participate with confidence in crewing activities on a sailboat as well as enhancing the overall sailing experience.

A subsequent intermediate course offered later in the year teaches more advanced skills and knowledge with the goal of providing the student with the ability to sail and dock the boat independently under the supervision of the instructor.

A third course is offered for those interested in developing and utilizing their sailing skills locally as well as in other venues.

The Sailing Academy Courses

Course Objectives Fundamentals

The course objective is twofold. First is to offer an introduction to the art and process of sailing for new sailors, or a refresher course for sailors who have been away from sailing for a time. A second goal is more practical and entails preparation to participate in the onboard activities during an actual sail. 

Dates for 2021:

  • Fundamentals of Sailing - Monday, January 25, 2021 to Monday, March 1, 2021
    • Classroom sessions will be held via Zoom each Monday from 9:00am to 10:00am
    • Lab sessions:
      • Hiatus slip in Dana Point Harbor - TBA
      • Sailing sessions aboard Hiatus - TBA
 Date Instructor Topic (Click on topic to see presentation)
 Jan 25 Tammy Rones Introduction
 Jan 25 Terry Kesinger Points of Sail
 Feb 1 Wayne Carlson Wind Sense
 Feb 1 Tammy Rones Sailing Etiquette & crew roles
 Feb 8 Tammy Rones Sailing logistics
 Feb 8 Jeff Sadler Getting a feel for sailing
 Feb 22 Jim UpdikeSailing Skills
 Feb 22 Terry Kesinger Rules of the Road
 Mar 1  Review

For further information please contact:

Tammy Rones (951-283-2925)/ or

Jim Updike (949-589-2498/

Click below for the presentations used in the Fundamentals of Sailing Class, 2020:

Links to videos used in the classes:

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software