GOOD BoatU.S. FOUNDATION FOR FOUNDATION BOATING SAFETY & CLEAN WATER BY AMANDA SUTTLES
DO YOU KNOW LEECH FROM LUFF?
Have no clue what a clew is? Our new Learn To Sail online course can open up a whole new world
n BATTENS n CLEW n FOOT n HEAD n JIB n LEECH n LUFF n MAINSAIL n TACK n TELLTALES n WINDOW 7
Can you name the technical parts
of these sails? See answers below.
ARE YOU INTIMIDATED about learning to sail or about the seem- ingly vast vocabulary of specific terms? You’re not alone. Many would-be sailors turn to books in an effort to make sense out of sailor-speak. But books can’t provide both visual and auditory learning, and those of us who learn by doing are completely left out.
Enter the online Learn To Sail course, a fully narrated, multimedia experience, loaded with
videos showing real instructors aboard sailboats, and animations that let you match vocabulary
terms to real parts of the boat, such as in the accompanying photo. Formed in partnership
with Steve and Doris Colgate’s Offshore Sailing School, this new offering from the BoatU.S.
Foundation helps bridge the gap between
the classroom instruction and on-the-water
Teaching hands-on boating skills is
what Offshore Sailing School has been doing
since 1964. Their effective sailing curriculum
mixes classroom sessions with practical, on-the-water training. Previously, during each
three- or five-day course, students would
spend a few hours each morning in a classroom and then head out on the school’s
fleet of training boats to sail for the rest of
the day. Steve and Doris Colgate wanted to
turn that classroom time into an interactive,
online course, which would jump-start their
students’ ability to absorb the sailing concepts before they head out onto the water
on a boat for hands-on training. Now, after
completing the online Learn To Sail course
at their leisure, students who’ve elected to
attend the optional on-water Learn To Sail
course get to apply what they’ve learned
out on the water in a Colgate 26 at one of
Offshore Sailing School’s seven locations
around the country. By having students complete the online course in advance, Offshore
Sailing School can give students more time
on the water, and less time in the classroom.
The Learn To Sail course will be available in early 2012 at a cost of $49.95 with
an introductory discount of 20-percent for
BoatU.S. members. A portion of the proceeds
from the course will go toward the BoatU.S.
Foundation, to support its work in the areas
of clean water and boating safety.
For more information visit the BoatU.S.
Foundation Online Learning Center at
The BoatU.S. Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)
( 3) organization devoted to implementing
projects that keep boaters safer and our environment protected, is independently funded
by donations from BoatU.S. Members and
by grants. www.BoatUS.com/Foundation
Battens3,Clew 6,Foot9,Head 4,Jib 2,Leech 8,Luff
7, M ainsail1, Tack 5, Telltales10, Windo w 11 LEGEND