Women's Sailing

Women's Monday Night Sailing is finally here again.

Please try to get down to the UCSC dock between 4:30 and 5:00 pm on Monday evening to rig the boats and meet everyone. 

For those of you who are new members:

*WMNS is a function of the UCSC Community Sailing Club. There is no additional cost to club members.

*We plan to go out every Monday evening with at least one or two experienced skippers throughout the summer months pending weather.

Life jackets are provided. Wear comfortable clothing (waterproof windbreaker recommended) and non-marking shoes.

*Women’s Sailing is designed to provide a relaxing, low pressure learning environment where women can learn to sail and improve their sailing with other women.

All skill levels are welcome. While we will mostly be sailing the keel boats, we will attempt to incorporate the dinghies as well this year.

*If you have recently completed a UCSC boating class and are looking to get extra practice for your Keelboat Checkout, then Women’s Monday Night Sailing will give you more time and experience as skipper and crew to help you prepare for your next level checkout with Rusty.

*We will be discussing and demonstrating proper spinnaker use and many other aspects of sailing this season including:

Club Rules and Classification Levels

Rigging the keel boats - Proper rigging, hoisting and tensioning of sails, and an understanding of all running rigging including spinnaker

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

Leaving the Dock - Proper preparation 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 drills: Figure 8 drill, hitting appropriate points of sail and stopping the boat next at target

- Reefing while underway

- Heaving to

- Spinnaker use

- Radio Communications

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, securing dock lines, stowing engine, cleaning 

*COORDINATION: If you plan to come down and sail on a Monday, then please send me an email or text and phone number so we don’t leave the docks without you.

*UCSC Sailing is always dependant upon weather. We do not go out in heavy fog/rain/wind or when some other condition (lack of captains) prevents us from sailing. So while we plan to sail every Monday, you will need to be checking email/text on Monday afternoon in case there is a reason we have cancelled. I will try to get a text and email out by 3pm on every Monday evening with any cancellation/notifications of foul conditions.

Any other questions, please contact Amelia @ amelia.e.johnston@gmail.com

WMNS Coordinator