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2020 Advanced High School Racing Clinic

August 17-21st

This five day afternoon clinic focuses on the fundamentals of racing an FJ and a Z420 to compete at the elite level in High School and College Sailing. Zoom debriefs along with video footage of boat handling and speed drills will take your sailing to the next level.

Coaching by Ward Cromwell, Conner Blouin, Greg Fisher, Kevin Jewett

Schedule

1:00-Zoom Chalk Talk

2:00- On the Water Drills

6:00- Depart

Price: $300

To register, please sign up and complete payment via our online marketplace

Joel Bays, 843.216.8450 , baysjc@cofc.edu

College of Charleston Sailing offers 2 credit 1/2 Semester courses in both the spring and fall. These very popular PEAC courses fill up quickly. Students are trained in the safe and responsible operation of sailboats, as well as instruction in the proper care and maintenance of sailing vessels. This is a great way to learn a skill that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.

Our fleet of safe and responsive J-22 sailboats with keel are among the most widely used instructional boats in the nation. They been modified for instructional purposes, allowing for maximum safety and a comfortable sailing experience.

Our sailing complex is located at the Patriots Point Marina in Mount Pleasant, adjacent to the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina Hotel. Once on the marina dock, follow the signs to CofC Sailing. Please feel free to visit the sailing center, inspect the fleet, and talk to our friendly staff.

For more information, please email or call Ned Goss or Joel Bays at (843) 216-8450

The College of Charleston Sailing Association is excited to offer Sailing Camps for children ages 8 to 14.

Our youth sailing camps are designed to teach your child the basic fundamentals and introduce them to the amazing sport of sailing. The CofC sailing instructional staff will conduct teaching on the water aboard our J-22 fixed keelboats.

The J/22 is a stable and safe vessel that is an extremely responsive boat to sail. At the CofC Sailing camp, your child will learn safety on the water, basic sailing principles, and proper boat handling skills. The staff and instructors are skilled and passionate sailors who will share their enthusiasm with all their students and will hope to encourage your child to pursue future camps and events here at C of C Sailing!

The cost is $500* per camper for the 5 day program.Each session will be capped at 18 participants, and each day will run from 9am to 4pm.

2020 Summer Dates

Camp 1: June 8th-12th- Learn to Sail- Full

Camp 2: June 15th-19th- Learn to Sail- Full

Camp 3: June 22nd-26th- Learn to Sail- Full

Camp 4: June 29th-3rd- STEM Advanced (Ages 12-15)

Camp 5: July 6th-10th- Learn to Sail-Full

Camp 6: July 13th-17th-Learn to Sail-Full

Camp 7: July 20-24th- Learn to Sail

Camp 8: July 27th-31st- STEM Grade School (Ages 8-11)

Camp 9: August 10-14th- Learn to Sail (1 spot available)

To register, please sign up and complete payment via our online Marketplace

*We offer a 10% discount for all military personnel and faculty/staff. Use the code SMFS16 at checkout!

We look forward to seeing you on the water!
Joel Bays, 843.216.8450 baysjc@cofc.edu

The College of Charleston Sailing Association is excited to offer STEM Camps for children ages 8 to 14.

Our STEM youth camps are geared to teach children the science, technology, engineering, and math behind sailing. The C of C sailing instructional staff follows a nationally recognized curriculum and partners with the college’s faculty to conduct hands on experiments. The sailing portion is done on our J/22 fixed keelboats. The staff and instructors are skilled and passionate sailors who will share their enthusiasm with all their students and will hope to encourage your child to pursue future camps and events here at C of C Sailing!

The cost is $500* per camper for the 5 day program. Each session will be capped at 16 participants, and each day will run from 9am to 4pm.

2020 Dates

June 29th-3rd- Advanced STEM

July 27th-31st- STEM Grade School

To register, please sign up and complete payment via our online Marketplace

*We offer a 10% discount for all military personnel and faculty/staff. Use the code SMFS16 at checkout!

We look forward to seeing you on the water!
Joel Bays, 410.991.1986, baysjc@cofc.edu
Sailing Center, 843.216.8450

College of Charleston Sailing offers non-credit, adult community sailing classes that run from April through August. The classes last about three weeks and include 15 hours of instruction on-the-water and two, 2 hour classroom sessions. In order to offer to most amount of hands-on experience, group classes have a maximum of 18 students per class; three students per boat.

We use J-22’s as they are a safe and responsive 22 foot sailboat with keel. Having a keel, these boats are more stable and do not capsize. This class will provide student with the skills necessary to independently skipper a 22ft sailboat.

2020 Adult Summer Schedule

Session 1 (Weekday) Lecture: April 30th and May 14th

On The Water- May 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th

Session 2 (Weekend) Lecture: May 1st, 15th

On The Water- May 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd

Session 3 (Weekday) Lecture: May 28th, June 11th

On the Water: June 1st, 8th, 10th, 15th, 17th, 22nd

Session 4 (Weekend) Lecture: May 29th, June 12th

On the Water: May 30th, 31st, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st

Session 5 (Weekday) Lecture: June 25th, July 9th

On the Water: June 29th, July 1st, 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th

Session 6 (Weekend) Lecture: June 26th, July 10th

On the Water: June 27th, 28th ,July 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th

Session 7 (Weekday) Lecture:July 30th, August 6th

On the Water: August 3rd, 5th ,10th, 12th, 17th, 19th

Session 8 (Weekend) Lecture: July 31st, August 14th

On the Water: August 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th

*All Class times are 6pm-8:30pm

To register, please sign up and complete payment via our online Marketplace

*We offer a 10% discount for all military personnel and faculty/staff. Use the code SMFS16 at checkout!

We look forward to seeing you on the water!

Joel Bays, 843.216.8450 , baysjc@cofc.edu

The College of Charleston Sailing Association is proud to announce that we now offer Private Lessons. Whether you have never been in a sailboat before, or you’re simply looking to improve your skills- a private lesson is a great choice to get you out on the water.
Lessons are offered at our Sailing Center by our friendly and professional staff. We offer private lessons in either the 420 (max 2 persons) or the J22 (max 3 persons). Lessons are customized to suit your particular needs, and we promise that you will benefit from this unique learning experience.

Ready to schedule a lesson?

Booking a private lesson is easy- simply give us a call at (843) 216 8450 and we will schedule a time and date to get you out on the water. After speaking with a staff member at our Sailing Center, head over to our Online Marketplace to complete payment.

Pricing:

$80 per hour for 1-2 persons, 2 hour minimum. 3rd person is an additional $25 per hour.

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1. Fill out and complete the appropriate liability release form i.e. Youth or Adult.

2. Schedule a competency test by calling or emailing Joel Bays: (843) 216-8450 or baysjc@cofc.edu

3. Once you pass the On The Water Competency Test, you must pay your dues on our online marketplace.

Yearly membership fees range from $315 for full time students at the College to $600 for individuals and $700 per family for the general community (monthly and half year memberships are also available). There is a fee of $5 per guest per sail for members that wish to bring along non-members, and there is a $100.00 grounding fee. Active military and seniors (over 65) qualify for a 10% discount on all membership types; use promotion code SMFS16 when completing online checkout via marketplace.  (Note, please schedule a Check Sail prior to paying for your membership.)

SKIPPER I

Must pass competencies for Skipper II status, and possess the following skills:.

J/22’s

1. Must demonstrate Skipper II abilities singled handily

2. Demonstrate ability to rig spinnaker and perform all crew positions while flying the

spinnaker.

420’s, FJ’s and Lasers

1. Demonstrate ability to rig vessel unassisted.

2. Demonstrate Skipper II abilities.

3. Demonstrate Capsize recovery.

4. Must demonstrate ability to leave and return to the docks under sail.


CREW

Bend on sails and prepare J-22 for sailing.
Identify properly: outhaul, boom vang, main sheet traveller, jib sheets, jib stay, cunningham, back stay.
Demonstrate the proper tying of the following knots and explain their use on the J-22: Square, figure of eight, clove hitch, three half hitches, bowline, cleating, making up a line.
Demonstrate a proper tack from beam reach to beam reach.
Demonstrate heading up and falling off.
Demonstrate a controlled jibe, run to run.
Demonstrate beating to windward, using at least 5 tacks.
Demonstrate proper securing of J-22 to the dock.
Demonstrate adequate written knowledge of sailing by scoring 75 on a written test.
Demonstrate proper use of Type II, III, and IV PFDs.

SKIPPER II

Pass competencies for Crew status, and possess the following skills:
1. Ability to identify proper safety equipment required for sailing.
2. Know how to tie a Bowline, Figure 8, Square (reef) knot, Coiling a line, Half Hitches, Clove Hitch, and Cleat Hitch.
3. Knowledge and ability to read a maritime chart.
4. Knowledge of wind direction, currents, and tides.
5. Must demonstrate knowledge of the Rules of the Road. (Including Identifying Commercial Channels and awareness of Commercial Vessels in Charleston Harbor)
6. Properly rig vessel.
7. Identify Safety Position. (Close Reach or Close Hauled Sails luffing)
8. Demonstrate how to get in and out of Irons.
9. Identify points of sail with proper sail trim.
10. Demonstrate tacking and controlled gybing of a sailing vessel.
11. Demonstrate Man Over Board recovery.
12. Reefing and de-powering under sail.

Normal Hours of Operation:
Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm

(Hours extended to 6 pm during daylight savings.)

Sailing with a view

It’s the perfect spot for mingling , relaxing and taking in a gorgeous view of the city all while doing what you love, sailing. Don’t forget to bring your life jacket!

meet up

The J. Stewart Walker Jr. Sailing Center Complex is a picturesque and perfect spot for socializing with your fellow team-mates, friends or tuning out the modern world entirely by unwinding with a relaxing sail in Charleston Harbor.

experience

Home to the Charleston Cougars, where else can you learn to sail like a National Champion? Be sure to stop by to see what our beautiful sailing facility has to offer.