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This course requires Basic Cruising
Sailing can be fun and exciting using only the main and jib, but when you add a spinnaker into the mix, sailing can take on a whole new dimension. Sailing with a spinnaker is exhilarating, thrilling, technical and simply beautiful. You can learn the skills to take your sailing to a whole new level!
Performance Week at OCSC introduces you to all of the skills involved in using a spinnaker on any keelboat from 15 to 30 feet. You’ll have the opportunity to sail in each and every position on the boat, so your skill set will be complete from stem to stern. Whether you sail on tried and true classic yachts, state-of-the art racing machines or anything in between, you’ll end the week with the knowledge and confidence to “fly the chute” on anything afloat!!
Days 1 & 2 are on the venerable J/24; one of the most popular 24 foot keelboats in the world. The J/24 uses a symmetrical spinnaker which is found on most traditional boats and even many modern down-wind specific racing yachts.
On days 3 & 4, you move to the J/80; the asymmetrical sport boat that brought high speed sailing to the masses. The J/80 uses an asymmetrical spinnaker flown off of an extendable bow sprit which is ubiquitous on all modern sport boats. This design allows keelboats of any size to plane and reach speeds that can match the wind speed. The J/80 is capable of doing 12-15 knots of boat speed in 15 knots of true wind! Day 5 is open to revisit and improve on skills on either boat, or to experience sailing on a bigger boat with the spinnaker.
* If your spinnaker skills on either boat need more work in order to certify, then additional instruction is available through private lessons. You may be certified to sail the J/80 with white sails only until you certify to fly the spinnaker.
Two full weekends or Mon-Thurs. 9am–4pm each day. Call for availability.
OCSC is the only school in the Bay Area providing you with waterproof gear to make sure you stay dry and comfortable while learning without having to add a few hundred dollars in gear to the expense of learning to sail. In any course you take here, we loan you waterproof pants and jacket along with a comfortable, Coast Guard approved personal flotation device.
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