Before using our sailboats, you must pass a short checkout sail to make sure that you are comfortable handling small sailboats. Checkouts take approximately 45 minutes (sail time), and require demonstrating rigging, sailing and docking skills, and understanding right-of-way rules.
Please note: a checkout sail is not a sailing lesson; you will be in complete control of the boat.
REQUIRED SKILLS SAILORS MUST CONFIDENTLY DEMONSTRATE TO PASS A CHECKOUT: Catalina 16.5 keel-boat, or RS Quest
Rig the sailboat and use the proper knots. (If heavy weather, reef the main.)
As the helmsman, sail away from the dock; stay clear of other boats and obstructions while obeying the rules of the road.
Sail four rapid tacks to windward. (Note: On the RS Quest, lower and raise centerboard according to the point of sail.)
Sail directly into the wind and intentionally stop the boat. Sail off on either port or starboard tack, as directed by the instructor.
Sail in a complete circle, executing proper sail trim and boat balance throughout the sequence of tacks and jibes, all voice commands, execute good control while changing sail position and body motions.
Answer questions about right of way for specific encounters during the test.
Sail back to the dock with all sails raised and luffing; multiple attempts are fine, provided good control of the vessel is maintained throughout
Contact SEA office if you are interested in getting checked out on any of the SEA fleet. Most check-outs will be held on our weekend member open sail days. If you are an SEA member, the small boat checkout will be two sail slots on your sail card or $20.