Check Out Information

Boating Club Check Out Info

In order to attain higher levels in our boating club for dinghies, keelboats, and rowing you must attend a check out day to verify your skills.

You must RSVP!

831-425-1164 or ucscboat@ucsc.edu

Please check our calendar for our next check out day and times.

For a detailed list of boating club levels click here.

Outline of skills portion for level II dinghy check out

I. Rigging the Coronado 15s - Looking for proper rigging of lines, good communication, and correctly tied knots.

II. Towing through the channel into the bay - While under tow make sure all sheets are un cleated and steering to maintain control of vessel.

III. Tacking - Once out in bay, we will start to make our way upwind and each boat will complete at least three good tacks (close hauled to close hauled), good communication between skipper and crew it is must.

IV. Points of Sail - Each skipper is expected to find all the different points of sail, with proper sail trim, and maintain that course until ask to find the next point of sail.

V. Jibing - On the downwind leg each boat will complete at least three good controlled jibes. Looking for good communcation between skipper and crew, maintaining control while switching sides, controlling when the main sail comes across, and not over turning.

VI. Boat Control - Each boat will do three to four laps around the safety boat to demonstrate boat control and proper commands when heading up, falling off, tacking, and jibing.

VII. Each boat will switch out participants positions of skipper and crew and then we will start the series of skills over again. Once everyone has had a chance to be skipper and crew we will sail back into the harbor.

VIII. Re entering the harbor - When sailing back through the harbor mouth, make sure you have a good boat position in relation to the western and eastern jetties, while also paying attention to the wind direction, swell, and other boat traffic. Also make sure to observe proper maritime right of way rules.

IX. Capsize Recovery - Once back at the dock, if you have not done a capsize drill with us before or have not done one in the past six months, we will ask you capsize and right the boat using the scoop recovery method. If this applies to you, make sure to bring a bathing suit and a towel and/or a change of clothes.

Dinghy Check Out Study Guide (to help you prepare for the written test)

I. Rigging

II. Points of Sail

III. Right of way rules

IV. Mechanics of the rudder and centerboard

V. Proper tacking and jibing

VI. Scoop recovery capsize procedure

VII. Ways to depower your boat

VIII. Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor rules and regulations

IX. UCSC Community Boating Center rules, regulations, and classifications

X. Sailing Knots - eight knot, double overhand stopper knot, reef/square knot, clove hitch, round turn two half hitches, and bowline

Keelboat Checkout Standards

Rigging the Santa Cruz 27 - Proper hoisting and tensioning of sails, lines run fairly, and an understanding of all running rigging.

Checking the Outboard - Proper starting technique for any of the outboard engines.

Leaving the Dock - Proper preparition prior to departure. Good communication while departing slip and good speed control when maneuvering close to other boats.

Motoring through the channel - Proper channel etiquette and stowage of lines and fenders in preparation of sail hoisting in bay.

On the water skills:

- Proper transition from motoring to sailing

- Tacking: 3 quality tacks, both as skipper and crew

- Finding points of sail and maintaining steady course

- Jibes: 3 quality jibes, both as skipper and crew

- Person overboard drill: You will be expected to execute a Figure 8 drill, hitting appropiate points of sail and stopping the boat next to victim. (two attempts)

- Reefing while underway

- Heaving to

Returning to Dock - Proper preparation before entering harbor, good seamanship through harbor mouth, and proper preparation prior to entering turning basin. Be prepared to dock with or without the outboard engine (skulling).

Ending sail - Proper de-rigging of boat, dock lines properly secured, and engine stowed.

Proper communication with crew will be evaluated throughout the checkout