For new members and non-members:
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.
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!
When you’re ready for the next step in sailing, this is where to begin. Take this course to learn the tips and tricks that will prepare you for more challenging conditions, and get you ready for the Mercury yellow test.
Mainsail is our first on-the-water class designed to prepare you for the Mercury yellow test. It will cover the finer points of tacking and gybing, sail trim, and best practices for keeping your boat flat in heavier wind. You’ll be accompanied by a trained instructor in a powerboat, and you’ll have the opportunity to practice on a real test course out on the water. This 2 hour class does require advance signup, and is open to all members with a green rating who have been out on the water at least once.
As Stand-Up-Paddleboarding grows in popularity, so do CBI’s SUP offerings. Take this class to get cleared and oriented to use our Stand-Up-Paddleboards out on the river.
Stand-Up-Paddleboarding is one of the fastest growing watersports in the country, and this class will teach you to use CBI’s fleet of paddleboards out on the river. Beginning with basic safety instruction, you will also get to go on a guided paddle with your instructor, so that you can feel out the paddleboarding experience with supervision. Once you finish this 1.5 hour class, the Stand-Up-Paddleboards will be yours to use during program hours.
Length: 1.5 hours. The kayak 1 class covers all of the beginner skills required for your kayak beginner rating. Classes are offered weekly from May through September. Class limit of 10
Jib 1 is our first class that goes into the advanced knowledge required to sail in heavy wind. You’ll learn how to effectively use a jib sail, perform man overboard rescues, and maneuver in the demanding conditions required for the Mercury red test. The Jib class is the heart of our Mercury sailing curriculum, and is designed to create competent sailors who are prepared for red test conditions. After learning how the jib sail works and how to rig it, you and another crew member will get on the water to try out your new knowledge. Your instructor will cover how to rig and trim the jib, how to coordinate your weight placement in the boat, and the procedure for man-overboard rescues. The instructor will join you on the water and coach you from a powerboat, so that each move you make is that of a solid and capable sailor. The Jib 1 class is typically taken several times before completing the test. Each time you take the class you will learn more from your classmates and instructors, and get extra practice for the demands of the test. Jib 1 runs for 2 hours.
Jib 2 teaches the finer points of advanced boathandling and crew coordination. In this class, you will learn to sail without a rudder!Rudderless sailing, while not required for the red test, gives a sailor a deeper understanding of the forces at work when a boat is under sail. This class is focused specifically on sailing a boat using only the sails and your own weight; no rudder required. You’ll learn how sail trim and heel affect how a boat moves, so that you can make your turns better, tacks smoother, and gybes safer. Any sailor who has taken Jib 1, and wants to greatly increase their sailing knowledge, should take this 2 hour class.
Our keelboats, especially our Sonars, are some of our most fun and popular boats. This 3-session class will give you the knowledge necessary to rig, moor, and sail these boats.
The keelboat class introduces new skills which prepare sailors for a new type of sailing. Rhodes and Sonars offer more space and better performance than our Mercuries, and are our most popular boats on busy days. To sail these boats students will learn how to safely navigate the mooring field, moor their boats, and perform a man-overboard rescue. This 7.5 hour course will also go over how to safely rig, reef, and sail these boats in a variety of conditions. Your instructor will join you on board and give students time on the helm, so that when you earn your rating, keelboats are second nature to you. The class will be conducted in both Rhodes 19s and Sonars.
The 420 is one of the most popular double-handed racing boats in the world, and this class will teach you the skills necessary to sail one.
The 420 class delivers a whole new range of skills to the aspiring racer. In this class you’ll learn how to master the precision that this boat requires in sail trim, weight placement, tacking and gybing, as well as capsize recovery. That’s right, in this class you’ll learn to capsize the 420 and recover it on your own, so prepare to get wet. The 420 class runs for 6 hours.
The laser is a popular and fast single-handed boat that provides both a challenge and hours of fun. This class will cover everything you need to know to rig, store, and sail these boats at CBI.
The high-performance nature of this boat demands agility and skill, which this class will help you attain. Beginning with the rigging of the boat, this class will also cover the different rig options available, as well as best practices used to get every ounce of performance out of this boat. You’ll also spend time in the water, learning how to recover the boat from capsizes. If speed and thrill are your goals, this is the class for you. Advance signup is required for this 6 hour class.
Want to try something different? Windsurfing is a great way to branch out. This on-shore class will introduce you to the sport and our equipment.
This class is a one hour on-shore introduction to windsurfing at CBI. You will learn our windsurfing procedures, equipment locations and use, and tips for getting started once you are on the water. There is no size limit for this class, but you will need to sign up online or with the instructor when you arrive. Before attending, students should have passed the Verbal test part of the Mercury Green rating. For the Windsurf Orientation class, you will need to know the basic sailing principles and CBI rules.
Time to get on the water! This class will show you the basics of windsurfing with lots of on-the-water practice time with an instructor.
This class will get students started windsurfing. There will be a brief refresher on the information covered in Windsurf Shore, followed by instruction on the basic skills needed to get your green rating and progress as a windsurfer. Each of the three 2-hour sessions will include a shore component as well as on-the-water coaching. These classes are limited to 6 students in order to maximize individual instruction. Students must have taken Windsurf Orientation.
This class is a great stepping stone to Windsurf Yellow and Red ratings. Instructors will offer extra coaching and guidance for tacking and gybing, as well as helping students improve upwind sailing.
This 2-hour clinic is intended to help you hone your windsurfing skills and prepare for Windsurf Yellow and Red tests. These will be tailored to the areas each student would like to work on, specifically focusing on tacking and gybing skills and upwind sailing. Students must have their Windsurf Green rating.
Skill sessions are an on-shore class, focusing on learning and improving advanced windsurfing skills. Topics will announced one week in advance, and may include using a harness, getting in the footstraps, and water starting. These one hour sessions will provide you with the tools to practice and improve on your own. There is no size limit for this class.