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Classes
When are classes?
Where are sailing classes held?
What can I expect to learn?
How do I sign up for classes?
Do you offer classes for adults?
What if it is raining or windy? Do you hold classes?
How old does a student have to be to take lessons?
Instructors
Who are the instructors?

When are classes?
Classes are offered from mid June through mid August. STF offers three - 2 weeks sessions of Monday through Thursday instruction. Classes are offered in a morning and afternoon sessions to ensure ample time to develop sailing skills. For those looking for extra time, STF offers open sailing on Fridays as an opportunity to further practice and hone all aspects of sailing. On the water instructors will provide a safe setting, as well as tips and suggestions.

Where are sailing classes held?
For the 2017 season all Sail Training Foundation classes will be held at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club on the west side. The facility is ideally located to offer convenient access to waters of Door County. Classes are held rain or shine as scheduled.

What can I expect to learn?
Our US Sailing certified instructors use a combination of classroom, on land and extensive on the water training to develop your boat handling and sailing skills. During a 2-week session you will be introduced to all the basic skills necessary to operate a small boat on the waters of Green Bay. This will include:

Terminology

Basic knots

Setting up (rigging) and storage of boats

Steering using a rudder & tiller

Points of sails and basic sail trim

Capsize recovery

Departing and returning to the dock

Upon demonstrating understanding and mastery of the basic skills, you will then move on to advanced instruction in other sessions. In these classes, you will expand your knowledge including rules of road, advanced boat handling and racing techniques, for those who are interested.

While the Sail Training Foundation focuses on training and developing the student's knowledge; our primary focus is always water safety. Door County is surrounded by water with more than 250 miles of shoreline. There are countless opportunities to enjoy the many water based activities in Door County. Sailing is an excellent way to develop confidence and self reliance. Knowing how to handle yourself and a water craft in a safe manner can both relieve stress and increase your enjoyment.

How do I sign up for classes?
Registration will be held at the Chili Supper on Sunday, April 23, 2017, 5-7pm. After that you may register online.

Do you offer classes for adults?
No adult classes will be held Summer 2017

What if it is raining or windy? Do you hold classes?
We meet rain or shine! We have the facilities to hold classes no matter what the weather and plenty of fun activities to keep the students busy.

How old does a student have to be to take lessons?
The minimum recommended age is 8.

Who are the instructors?
Our instructors are trained and certified by US Sailing, the national governing body of sailing in the United States. Not only do they follow a curriculum developed by US Sailing, they make the classes a fun experience. With instruction both on and off the water, our students learn the basics of sailing and safety as well as teamwork, communication and sportsmanship. With our hands-on approach, all students learn to rig, launch and care for their boats.

Sarah Olson is a 21-year-old senior at the University of Georgia where she studies math, statistics, and economics. She's taught sailing for five years at Ephraim Yacht Club and Lake Lanier Sailing Club, along with sailing on the UGA team. When she's not sailing or working on school, she enjoys tutoring math and playing the violin. She is US Sailing Level 1 and 2 certified.

Spencer Olson began sailing at the age of 8 in a junior program at Ephraim Yacht Club where he received on-shore and on-the-water instruction and learned sailing nomenclature, theory, safety, and boat care. He earned his US Sailing Level 1 Certification at Lake Lanier Sailing Club in Georgia and his US Sailing Level 2 Certification in Fort Meyers, FL. Spencer is a senior in high school and looks forward every year to spending his summer sailing in Door County.
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