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!
Here are some of the class descriptions we have offered this past season. There will be more classes offered after the new year so keep an eye on our calendar.
To register for an OWSA education class, please create a login and go to "Book Events" to register for classes for the upcoming year.
Sailing Basics 5-Week Course
(FOR WOMEN ONLY)
You will come away with an understanding how the parts of the boat work, how to use the wind, know the points of sail, how to steer, learn knots, and deal confidently with problems that arise. Find more information and register on line at
(FOR WOMEN ONLY)
Learn how to get the boat in and out of the marina, techniques of safe boat handling, effects of wind and current on steering, useful maneuvers. Two classroom (virtual) sessions followed by a day on the water to practice docking, anchoring, handling. $90 See
Sailing Basics Topics Clinics One through Four
class/clinic dates covers a basic but full range of topics from learning the parts of the boat, to planning a trip.
Clinic One: Parts of boat and sail, Concepts, Preparation $50
Parts of the sailboat, hull and rig, how a sail works, basic sailing directions and changing direction, tacking, jibing, parts of a sail, rigging and hoisting the sails, sail controls, warm and cold weather dressing.
Clinic Two,: Prerequisite: Sailing Basics Topics Clinic One or instructor approval. $50 Tacking, jibing, reading the wind, rigging and hoisting, sail controls, sail shaping, de-powering, crew positions, docking, anchoring, line handling, what to wear.
Clinic Three: Sailing Environment; Basic Navigation Rules and Aids; Planning a Course. $50 Weather, winds, tides, currents, basic navigation rules, basic navigation aids, reading charts, planning a sail.
Clinic Four: Safety; Avoiding Emergencies. $50 Safety and emergencies, PFD's, boat safety equipment, using VHF, signals, self-sufficiency, rescue methods.