OWSA offers a variety of learning opportunities for sailors of all levels. Our courses cover sailing basics, motoring, docking and anchoring, racing, and introduction to spinnaker handling. OWSA's experienced instructors create a supportive atmosphere where women can learn to sail, become confident and competent, and establish friendships while experiencing sailing teamwork. Join us for hands-on fun in a supportive learning environment.
Classes are held throughout the year and everything learned in the classes can be experienced on the water from summer through fall, and through winter for those die hard sailors. A list of classes that have been offered year over year are described below and are available for registration today!
To register for an OWSA education class, please create a login, login to owsa.net and go to "Book Events" to register for classes for the upcoming year.
February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12 & 19, 2019
Learn or review the basics of sailing in a fun and supportive classroom atmosphere. This 7-class course explores terminology, knots, points of sail, weather, tides, boat maneuvering, basic navigation rules and charting Each week's topics culminate in a final charted mock cruise. Plan to attend each class. You and your crew mates use and share your knowledge to plan, share and mock-sail a multi-day cruise atop a paper chart, tacking and jibing an itty bitty sailboat to lovely destinations! Includes Basic Keelboat text by US Sailing. Optional Saturday Sails!
Sailing Fundamentals Short Course (three classes in 2019!)
Winter - March 26, April 2, 9 & 16
Spring – April 23, 30, May 7 & 14
Fall – September 17, 24, October 1 & 8
This is simply a condensed version of the 101 Basic Sailing course. It takes place in four sessions instead of seven sessions. Four evening classroom sessions provide an overview of the skills and knowledge needed to enhance your next sailing experience. This sailing short course introduces you to the boat, the water and the wind. Class includes Basic Keelboat text by US Sailing. Topics include sailing terms, keelboat parts, and points of sail, maneuvering, safety, knot tying, rules of the road, and crewing. There will be an optional Saturday Sail.
May 22, 23 & 25
Learn the skills you need to get the boat out of the marina. This two-night class prepares you for driving a sailboat, setting an anchor, docking, using VHF and understanding water and wind influences on a boat. When you've completed both nights of class, sign up in class for the optional Maneuvering Practical (on-the-water) scheduled for a Saturday. Prerequisite: Any basic sailing class or instructor approval. Includes Basic Cruisingtext by US Sailing.
Spinnaker Handling Basics (Will be available as a bookable event soon)
This comprehensive course provides an introduction to spinnaker handling. It includes terminology, sets, drops, jibes, trimming and sailing angles for both symmetrical and asymmetrical (including cruising) sails. The morning session is in the classroom followed by dockside sail-handling in the afternoon.
Prerequisite: Basic sailing knowledge and terminology recommended.
Women's Basic Racing Clinic
June 3, 10, 17 & 24
Intermediate level course designed to give women with solid, basic sailing skills an opportunity to learn and race with an all-women crew. The course stresses the Racing Rules of Sailing and how they are applied to racing tactics. Participants will be asked to document their previous sailing experience to help with crew placement and to facilitate the learning experience. Class begins with one evening Chalkboard session and continues Mondays in June with on-the-water clinics and racing.
Contact our Education Chair with any questions about classes, class schedules or volunteer opportunities.