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Sailing Seminars - Winter Series

Winter Series

Ward off the cold, build your skills, and keep in touch with fellow sailors with our Winter Seminar Series.  

Secrets of Race Management

What: Secrets of Race Management
When: Thursday January 23rd, 2020. Beer/Wine/Pizza 1830. Start 1900. End 2100
Cost: $20 per person; Includes a copy of US Sailing’s “Join the Race Committee Team” training manual.

Join US Sailing National Race Officer Blake Middleton for a discussion and presentation on the secrets of Race Management. Top Secret (or higher) clearance is actually NOT required to attend. In fact, one of the main goals of this seminar is to help demystify what is involved in running sailing races. 

The main hope is to help build a team and even a "culture" of local Race Committee volunteers to help out on the RC team when we run regattas on Lake Minnetonka. Ask anyone who has done a "ride-along" with the race committee, and most will tell you that they learned new skills and tricks that helped their own racing a lot!  Most of what we do is actually very straight forward, and it doesn't need to feel complicated or intimidating. 

Rules for Racers

When: April 2020 TBA . Beer/Wine/Pizza 1830. Start 1900. End 2100
Cost: $20 per person

Join Kevin Kenny for a lively evening of education and discussion of Racing Rules of Sailing, with a focus on practical information you can use on the race course.

This is always a popular class with lively discussions and lots of audience participation.

The science and secrets of sails, selection, design, construction, maintenance.

When: Thursday 20th Feb 2020. Beer/Wine/Pizza 1830. Start 1900. End 2100
Cost: $20 per person

Join local sailmaker Tim Carlson to learn the science and secrets of sails, selection, design, construction, maintenance.

Winds on Minnetonka

When: Thursday 2nd or 16th April TBC. Beer/Wine/Pizza 1830. Start 1900. End 2100
Cost: $20 per person

Join renowned racer Gordy Bowers and Sonar skipper Charlie Luke for an updated presentation on the Winds of Lake Minnetonka. Timing is perfect to get you ready for the sailing season. Learn how to develop a race plan (first beat, middle leg, top mark), understand how cloud structure and weather patterns affect surface wind, and how wind flows around shore objects.

After the break, learn how to apply that knowledge on the water with a lively discussion of prevailing wind patterns from common sailing directions.