Racing the Wind with the Mountaineers

Mountaineers Racing / Sailing in Seattle

Mountaineers Racing / Sailing in Seattle

It all started with a planning mistake. As a sailing instructor for the Mountaineers, I needed to schedule several student sails for class completion. I love sharing my passion for sailing with people with little to no experience on a sail boat. Seeing the look on their faces and sharing their enthusiasm reminds me of my first days of sailing. The Zen of being one with the boat and nature, feeling the power of the wind in the sails and harnessing the natural forces of the earth was a life changing experience for me.

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2014 Mountaineers Sailing Crew Class Registration Now Open

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Mike demonstrating Life Jackets (PFD's) .

Mike demonstrating Life Jackets (PFD’s) in a recent class.

Registration for the 2014 Mountaineers Crew Class is now open.  The class starts Tuesday April 1, 2014 and runs for five weeks.  The class will meet on four evenings with an additional at the dock session on a sailboat during week three.

Successful completion of the class and the assigned crew tasks will qualify the student as part of the Mountaineers Sailing Crew qualifications, which will let you signup for Mountaineers sailing trips with Mountaineers skippers.

The class is designed for people that have never been on a sailboat before as well as a good review for those who have sailed in the past and want to brush up on their skills before getting back sailing.

Register Here.

Sailing Crew Class Resources – More resources for students and boaters, this was a list of resources put together for students last year, the information is still relevant for sailing students as well as experienced sailors.

2013 Mountaineers Sailing Crew Class Registration Now Open

Mike demonstrating Life Jackets (PFD's) at last years class.

Mike demonstrating Life Jackets (PFD’s) at last years class.

Registration for the 2013 Mountaineers Crew Class is now open.  The class starts Tuesday April 2, 2013.  The class will meet on four evenings with an additional at the dock session on a sailboat.

Successful completion of the class and the assigned crew tasks will qualify the student as part of the Mountaineers Sailing Crew qualifications, which will let you signup for Mountaineers sailing trips with Mountaineers skippers.

The class is designed for people that have never been on a sailboat before as well as a good review for those who have sailed in the past and want to brush up on their skills before getting back sailing.

Register Here.

Sailing Crew Class Resources – Spring 2012 – More resources for students and boaters, this was a list of resources put together for students last year, the information is still relevant for sailing students as well as experienced sailors.

Mountaineer Sailors Meet the Mountaineers

Mountaineers Sailing class crew aidsMike and Alan set up some of the class aids for the Meet the Mountaineers Open House   at the Mountaineers Club House the evening of May 22, 2012.  The Meet the Mountaineers is an event to give people a chance to meet and explore the many different activities available to members.

Sailing at the Mountaineers is one of the best kept secrets in the Mountaineers.  Many people stopped at the display and we have several new people that are interested in the next crew class.  There were also several people that had sailing experience but were not aware the Mountaineers had a Sailing group in Seattle.  Several people signed up for more information on joining the Sailing group through the equivalency route.

The equivalency route requires a prospective new crew member to fill out a sailing and boating resume and check list.  If the perspective new crew has enough documented experience the can then pay a $ 35.00 equivalency fee and they are added to the crew list without needing to wait for the next class in the spring.

Spring 2012 Class Outline

This is the draft of the revised Sailing Crew class outline for this year, .  There is also a link to more boating education / sailing resources at the bottom of the page from a sailing crew class last fall, there are several handouts and additional information at this link.

Mountaineers Sailing Class Outline / Schedule

Class 1 April 6 – Hal Tobie

  • Parts of Sailboat
  • Winches
  • Knots
  • How a Sailboat Sails
  • Points of Sail
  • Sail Trim
  • Reefing

Read the Rest of The Schedule

Mountaineers Sailing in Seattle

A few pictures from past Mountaineers Sailing activities in the Seattle area.

2012 Mountaineers Sailing Crew Course

mountaineers sailing crew class in seattle

Crew class students take time out to smile for the camera during a break. (Photo by Karen Tofte)

Members can sign up for the crewing course on The Mountaineers activity search page. Registration closes on Tue, Apr 3 at 5:00 PM.

LETS GO SAILING IN SEATTLE!

Completion of course puts you on the crew list for FREE Mountaineers sails!

The class starts April 05, 202 (Thu) and finishes May 03, 2012 (Thu)

After completion of the course, you should:

  • Be able to rig a sloop-rigged sailboat.
  • Be able to assist in departing from and arriving at a dock under power.
  • Have a basic understanding of sail trim and sailboat maneuvering.
  • Understand basic personal gear requirements and safety practices for sailing under conditions which may be encountered during Mountaineers sails.
  • Be able to function as a crew member during a sail.
  • Have a basic understanding of charts and navigation aids.

Course graduation requirements:

  • Attendance at all four classroom sessions; Thursday April 5, 12, 26, and May 3   6:30-9:30 pm at the Seattle Mountaineers Clubhouse.
  • Attendance at one On-the-Dock/ First Training Sail session during the week of April 19. There will be many to choose from.
  • Attendance at two experience sails – dates to be determined after course starts.

Successful completion of the course will place you on the crew list, enabling you to sign up for Mountaineers sails and cruises.

For additional details contact Alan Vogt, Sailing Chairman.

How to find the Seattle Mountaineers Clubhouse, includes instructions, bus route information and maps.