Our "Learn to Race" program is intended for MSC members who know how to sail and want to learn more about racing or inexperienced racers who want to improve their racing skills. The focus is on practice races in a non-competitive environment to get a feel for what racing is all about--and also to have some fun! You can bring your own boat or, if you belong to the Community Sailing Program, reserve a Community Sailing boat. If don't have a boat or just want to crew, just show up! We will try our best to get everyone into a boat.
You will greatly improve your sailing skills by watching and talking to others. You will gain the confidence you need to be able to sail your boat well in very light air and on very windy days. But mainly, you will have a lot of fun and meet some great people to share sailing tales with!
Schedule & Format
for scheduled dates. The series takes place rain or shine. We set up the "Learn to Race" series to coincide with our regular MSC club races in the afternoon those same says. So you can sail again in the afternoon and watch the "real" races. Or maybe you can even hitch a ride with a regular MSC racer!
All boats should be launched and ready to sail by 10:30 am. We will begin each day with a short orientation at the MSC shed at the Watts Bay launch ramp. Then we will have some practice starts and some short practice races. Finally we will have a debriefing over lunch at 12:30. Unless there is a Club picnic on the schedule for the day, bring a lunch.
If you have not participated in learn-to-race before, please see also:
before coming out for your first learn-to-race.
This season's program will be run by Dan Goldberg, a Flying Scot Fleet Champion. Dan is also a certified US Sailing Race Officer. He brings a wealth of experience, race management knowledge, and training ability to our program.