Laguna Woods Yacht Club Sailing Academy


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Click Below for presentations used in the 2022 Intro to Sailing Class

Points of sail 2022.pdf

Getting a feel for sailing 2022.pdf

Fundamentals of right of Way 2022.pdf


The Sailing Academy offers club members the opportunity to acquire and utilize sailing knowledge and skills through both classroom and on-the-water instruction by our highly skilled and experienced instructors. Classroom instruction is used to introduce the students to sailing concepts, including how a sailboat functions, points of sail, sail trim, maneuvering under sail and under power, docking, navigation, and tying knots used on sailboats.

Subsequent on-the-water application of classroom concepts is accomplished through training sessions on board the club sloop s/v Hiatus.

Three courses are offered each year. The first is an introductory course that will offer sufficient sailing skills to enable a graduate to participate with confidence in crewing activities on a sailboat as well as enhancing the overall sailing experience.

A subsequent intermediate course offered later in the year teaches more advanced skills and knowledge with the goal of providing the student with the ability to sail and dock the boat independently under the supervision of the instructor.

A third course is offered for those interested in developing and utilizing their sailing skills locally as well as in other venues.

The 2022 Sailing Academy Courses

Intro to SailingCourse Objectives 

The course objective is twofold. First is to offer an introduction to the art and process of sailing for new sailors, or a refresher course for sailors who have been away from sailing for a time. A second goal is more practical and entails preparation to participate in the onboard activities during an actual sail. 

We will be using the American Sailing Association’s textbook titled Sailing Made EasyISBN978-0-9821025-0-3



Dates for 2022

  • Intro to Sailing - Monday, February 14, 2022, to Monday, March 21, 2022
    • Classroom sessions will be held in the meeting room at 2400 Via Mariposa W (garage level) each Monday from 9:00am to 11:00 am
    • Lab sessions:
      • Hiatus slip in Dana Point Harbor - see below for schedule
      • Sailing sessions aboard Hiatus - see below for schedule
      • Class size is limited to 20 people to allow for adequate hands-on instruction aboard Hiatus. Please do not enroll if you cannot attend all sessions!

    Day / Date

    Location / Time

    Main focus:

    Monday, 2/14/22

    Classroom session 1

    Bldg 2400, garage level 9-11 a.m.

    Introduction & Points of Sail

    Read Chapter 1; special focus on pages 15-19

    Friday, 2/18/22

    Sail aboard HIATUS 12:30-3:30  p.m.

    Register via WA – limit 4

    Monday, 2/21/22

    Classroom session 2

    Bldg 2400, garage level 9-11 a.m.

    Wind Sense; Sailing Etiquette; Crew Roles

    Tuesday, 2/22/22

    Dockside 1

    HIATUS 9-10:15 and 10:30-11:45 am

    Anatomy of a Sailboat; Orientation, Vocabulary, Standing/Running rigging

    Monday 2/28/21

    Classroom session 3

    Bldg 2400, garage level 9-11 a.m.

    Seating Logistics & Crew Roles; Intro to Knots

    Bring Book, Pen and Paper to Dockside clinic

    Tuesday 3/1/22

    Dockside 2

    HIATUS 9-10:15 and 10:30-11:45 a.m.

    Boating Safety; Practical positioning for crew roles; Knots and their applications

    Friday 3/4/22

    Sail aboard HIATUS 12:30-3:30 p.m.

    Register via WA – limit 4

    Monday 3/7/22

    Classroom session 4

    Bldg 2400, garage level 9-11 a.m.

    Getting a “Feel” for Sailing

    Tuesday 3/8/22

    Dockside 3

    HIATUS 9-10:15 and 10:30-11:45 a.m.

    Preparing to Sail

    Friday 3/11/22

    Sail aboard HIATUS 12:30-3:30 p.m.

    Register via WA – limit 4

    Monday 3/14/22

    Classroom session 5

    Bldg 2400, garage level 9-11 a.m.

    Sailing Skills; Communications on board;

    Rules of the Road

    Tuesday 3/15/22

    Dockside 4

    HIATUS 9-10:15 and 10:30-11:45 a.m.

    First Aid and Handling Emergencies

    More useful knots!

    Friday 3/18/22 Sail aboard HIATUS 12:30-3:30 p.m.  Register via WA - limit 4

    Monday 3/21/22

    Classroom session 6 – Final

    Bldg 2400, garage level 9-11 a.m.  
    Friday 3/25/22 Sail aboard HIATUS 12:30-3:30 p.m.
    Register via WA - Limit 4

    Intermediate Class Course Objectives 

    This class is for the sailor who has taken the Intro to Sailing class AND has mastered the concepts taught in that course. Alternatively, if you have equivalent active sailing experience (participating in the work of sailing) and know your terminology, points of sail and fundamental pre-sail boat prep, this class is for you too.

    We will be using the American Sailing Association’s textbook titled Coastal Cruising Made EasyISBN 10: 0982102518 / ISBN 13: 9780982102510. Please ensure that you have the text prior to our first meeting.

    Dates for 2022: TBA

    Class size is limited to 16 people to allow for adequate hands-on instruction aboard Hiatus. Please do not enroll if you cannot attend all sessions!



    For further information please contact:

    Tammy Rones (951-283-2925)/tammy.rones@gmail.com 

    Click below for the presentations used in the Fundamentals of Sailing Class, 2020:

    Links to videos used in the classes:




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