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Learn to Sail!

  • 06/18/2016
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Hoover Reservoir (exact location will be sent to registrants)
  • 1


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Beginning Sailing Class at Hoover
Saturday June 18

Instructor/Leader: Graham Lowe

Students are not required to have any sailing experience. If you have sailed before, this is an opportunity to sail the sports car of the sailboat world - the catamaran. With a 27 foot mast, and a weight of 330 lbs., the Hobie 16 catamaran has power to spare. 

The catamaran is very responsive in even the lightest of wind and when its blows - she goes!  The catamaran does offer the novice an excellent platform to learn from. The catamaran reacts quickly to sail and tiller adjustments, so the cause and effect is easily understood. The catamaran has an open deck and good visibility. The catamaran is a beach boat, meaning it can be launched from the beach rather than using a boat dock. This makes getting on and off the lake - much easier for the beginner. Hoover Reservoir has areas to sail slow and fast...

We want you to leave the class with an understanding:

Sailing basics are easily learned 

Sailing is more about aerodynamics than hydrodynamics

Sailing doesn’t change from small sailboat to large sailboat 

Sailing gear changes from boat to boat,, but sailing gear all do the same things  

Summary: Sailing - even as a beginner - is a rewarding way to spend a day on the lake - as a captain or crew.


Clothing that you don't mind if it gets wet.

You will be sitting on a sailboat, and if its windy, water will spray up on the sailboat, so you may be sitting in water as it sheets over the deck.

Be prepared to get wet and avoid wearing cotton clothing.  So dress accordingly. Long shorts seem to the be choice for guys and gals. June should be warm, but just like any time of year the weather is unpredictable so bring a jacket if it looks to be a cool day.

Boats, saying gear and safety equipment including lifejackets will be provided. If you prefer your own lifejacket - bring it.


You will be wading out to the sailboat in knee deep water. So you will need snug fitting footwear that protects the foot and allows for water drainage. Aquasox or similar designs are recommended but not required. An old pair of sneakers will work just fine.  Flip Flops, Crocs or other loose footwear should be avoided as they come off so easily.

Sun Protection

The lake reflects a lot of light and UV. Hats. sunglasses that can be properly secured are encouraged. If you are sensitive to strong sun, bring a Sunscreen lotion. 

Food & Drink

Breakfast or lunch will not be provided by the Sailing Club.

We will provide a mid-morning snack of sandwiches, healthful snacks and bottled water.

If you prefer, bring your own sandwiches, snacks and drinks.

We have indoor seating and instruction area.

We will try to conclude the Sailing lessons by 1 PM. Recognize that we will slow or accelerate the class depending on the students prior sailing knowledge, class questions and interest about specific aspects, and of course wind conditions.


For more detail, contact Columbus Sailing Club Director, Graham Lowe: graham.lowe@columbussailingclub.org 

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