If sailing is new to you, this is the place to start! In order to reach your green rating, you’ll need to take the Orientation class, pass the rigging test, and the verbal test. Rigging is offered to prep you for the rigging test, and Shore School preps you for the Verbal Test.
Duration: 45 Minutes
Class Type: On-Shore
Typical Start Location: American Flag Pole
For every sailor who walks through our door, start here! This class will get you familiar with how everything works at CBI. The orientation class is the gateway to everything that CBI has to offer, whether you’re a seasoned sailor or brand new to boats. Done entirely on the dock, your orientation will include a guided tour of CBI’s boats and facilities, an overview of our classes and programs, as well as plenty of time to ask the questions that matter to you as a sailor.
Duration: 2 hours
Class Type: On-Shore, Mercuries tied in the slip
Typical Start Location: Demo boat 1 or 2.
This class will teach you your port from starboard, mainsheet from mainsail, and just about everything else you need to know about our boats. We’ll also show you how to set a boat up and how to take it down so that you can be well on your way to start sailing on the Charles.Rigging is the next step after Orientation, and the prerequisite for Shore School. This 2 hour class is done both in the classroom and in our simulators located on the dock, and covers parts of the boat, sailing terminology, dock procedures, and how to rig and unrig the boat for sailing. A trained instructor will show you every aspect of how to set up and break down the boat, so that your port and starboard become as familiar as left and right! All members are welcome to attend this class and are encouraged to take notes.
Prerequisites: Completion of the Rigging class or prior approval from the Dockmaster.
Rigging tests can be completed after completing the rigging class, or with prior fast-track approval from the Dockmaster. Prior to doing a rigging test, check in with the Dockhouse so we know to keep an eye on you. In order to be checked for your rigging test, please follow these steps:
1) Grab a life jacket and a rigging sail, no rudder is required.
2) Select a boat from the slip that is close to the dockhouse and pointing upwind. You will not need to untie or unclip the boat.
3) Rig and raise the sail in accordance with the CBI rigging standards outlined in the rigging quick-start guide.
4) Have a staff member verify your rig.
5) Furl the sail and have a staff member verify it.
6) Unrig the boat
Prerequisites: Completion of the Rigging Class
Duration: 2 hours
Class Type: On-Shore
Typical Start Location: Main Bay.
This class answers all your questions about how exactly you sail a boat. With demonstrations and boat simulators, this class is your driver’s ed for a sailboat, and will teach you what you need to know to get out on the water. Shore School explains all the theory you’ll need to start sailing. An experienced instructor will guide you through the basics of reading the wind, trimming your sails, steering your boat, and cover a variety of skills you’ll want to know while on the water. You’ll learn how easy it is to stay safe on the river, how simple the boat’s controls are, and you’ll even get a chance to practice these skills in our simulators located on the dock. This is a 2 hour class, and students are encouraged to take notes. The class is open to all members who have taken the rigging class, and is done both in the classroom and in the simulators. When you have completed this class, you’ll be prepared to take the Mercury green test!
Prerequisites: Completion of Shore School.
Verbal Tests can be completed at the dockhouse. Staff will ask you a selection of questions from the Verbal Test, students are expected to get each of them correct in order to pass the test.
Note that without prior approval, the Verbal Test cannot be taken directly after Shore School. Weekday Shore School graduates must wait until the next day in order to request a test. Weekend Shore School graduates must request tests on a staggered delay. Members whose card numbers end in an even number may test an hour after the completion of Shore School. Members whose card numbers end in an odd number may test two hours after the completion of Shore School. Request your test from a staff member by going up the ramp to the Dockhouse windows.