Seminars and Workshops

Docking and Capsize Workshops

In order to provide additional opportunities for students and rated members to improve their skills, ASI offers workshops in two vital skills: docking and capsize recovery. These workshops take place at Kent Lake, at the East Boat Launch of Kensington Metro Park. In addition the Racer provide a Spinnaker Demo ta Kent Lake. Watch our newsletter the Burgee for dates.

From past year’s Capsize workshop:

Dock Master Workshops

This is a great way to earn volunteer hours, help your sail mates and learn about docking by watching situations others get in and out of. Officially at this time you need to be a rated L1 to recieve hours, however we encourage every student to come DM with a rated member as mentor. And if you see a need to help dock a boat please assist those boats.

Dock Master is mostly at Kent Lake and you sign up with Anne O our dock master coordinator.
Watch a video about docking at Kent. Remember the key is to come into Irons not line up with the dock and stop short of the dock and paddle in.

We need Dock Masters most at all club events and mostly at class times or practice sails.
In our dock box yo will find instructions, emergency numbers, and a badge to wear, sign in sheet, and book hook.
We offer an overview at our Docking workshop and at our practice sails.

Racing Seminar

For new racers and sailors who wish to hone their skills. Racing is free the 1st year as an rated Level 1.

The racing seminar is held once each year at the start of the season. The 2015 racing seminar will be held from 7:00-9:00 pm on Thursday, April 23rd in the second floor conference room at Busch’s Fresh Food Market, Newburgh Plaza Shopping Center, 37083 Six Mile Rd, Livonia.

The on shore seminar is required for new racers and is a recommended refresher for returning ones, providing basic racing background for a subsequent series of racing practice sails on the water.

The seminar will cover a basic orientation to one-design racing on ASI Interlakes. Right-of-way rules when two or more sailboats meet are explained, as well as some easy ways to remember the rules. Also, tactics at the starting line and around the course are illustrated.

The seminar takes the novice racers through the legs of the race: windward leg with it’s tacking, the reaching leg with a jibe, and the running leg down to the leeward mark. Safety, balance, and enjoyment are emphasized.

All rated sailors are welcome to come and find out what racing is about. If you’re thinking of racing this, be sure to come. We don’t accept new novice racers who haven’t attended the seminar at least once.

You can review the Race Seminar Class Guide to better prepare for the seminar. Also recommended as a refresher for returning racers.

A list of all racing events can be found here in PDF and on our events calendar.

Racing Rules:

There is no race fee for the first year for new Level 1 rated members. Two additional volunteer hours on Interlake maintenance are required for racers. Returning racers pay a small fee (see fees schedule) for the season.

Members interested in joining the racing program, there will be opportunities this season to participate.

Check the Burgee and Calendar or contact the racing program director Michael Golden for information.

Spinnaker Workshop

Our Racing Team puts on this workshop. You get a hands-on lesson in how to rig and sail with a Spinnaker. This workshop is held at the Kent Lake east boat Launch see the Burgee and Race schedule for details and dates
It will be preceded by a Potluck lunch at Noon.

Manitou in North Channel

Manitou  30' Catalina sailboat in North Channel

30' Catalina sailboat in North Channel as night falls over Sturgeon Cove

Level One Interlakes

Level One Interlakes

Spinakers up at Kent Cup Race.
After you become a L1 sailor you can join the Racing Team for free that first year.

Voyager in the North Channel

Event Calendar