What Makes a Good Practice Sail

How to have a good Practice Sail

Skippers:

  • Be sure that the student does all the sailing and rigging. You act as a resource for the student. Be a coach. Watch what they do and offer encouragement and positive suggestions.e sure that the student does all the sailing and rigging. You act as a resource for the student. Be a coach. Watch what they do and offer encouragement and positive suggestions.
  • Find something positive about any maneuver that the student executes, and then shape their behavior toward the goal.
  • Be aware of the skills on the water test. Push the student to try everything, but ask them what skills they want to work on that day.
  • Don’t forget to practice docking. It may be that on an evening practice sail docking needs to be practiced early, while the wind is still up.
  • Have Fun!

Students:

  • Take charge of your experience. Tell your skipper what you want to work on and then do it.
  • Remember that all rated members skipper practice sails. Their skills may vary. If you need instruction (not just practice), request a practice sail with an instructor.
  • Take criticism with a grain of salt. We try for consistency, but everyone has his/her own idiosyncratic ways of doing things. Take what you need from the experience. You will find that there is something to learn from everyone with whom you sail.
  • Be sure that you learn something every time that you sail. Each time is a new experience. We all learn something every time we go out on the water. You should too.
  • Have Fun!

JoAnne

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

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