Cruising 1

Not interested in racing?  Have you taken our Basics class and are looking for more sailing time?  Would you like to experience sailing on a larger mono-hull sailboat?  If you said yes to those questions, then this class is for you.  This course is designed to build on your sailing skills to sail to a destination or just leisurely sail for the day.  Our instructors will cover more advanced boat handling, safety topics such as what to do in an emergency when far away from shore, and things to look for when sailing to a destination.  Each class will start with chalk talk where various cruising topics will be discussed, followed by a distance sail on the water.  This is not an intro class.  We strongly suggest that you participate in one of our Basics Courses or have prior sailing experience and can self-test on day one before taking this class.  
  • Series 1 - This five-week course is scheduled on Thursday nights from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
    • Classes start July 11, 2024
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Basic 1 & 2 or Prior Sailing Experience

$350 per person/per series

Skills Taught:
  • Understanding GBSP safety rules and emergency procedures
  • Proper fitting and adjustment of a Personal Floatation Device (PDF)
  • Parts of a Sail/Parts of a Boat
  • Lifelines and Pulpits
  • US Coast Guard Required Safety Equipment
  • State and Local Boating Regulations
  • Knot Tying
  • Heaving a Line and Winch Operation
  • Float Plan
  • Weather Recognition & Forecasting
  • Prevailing Weather & Current Local Knowledge
  • True Wind vs. Apparent Wind
  • Effects of Wind Tide & Current
  • Difference & Alternatives for Leaving & Returning to Port
  • Crew Responsibilities while Under Auxiliary Power
  • Crew Briefing & Plan of Responsibility
  • Recovery Plan for Engine Failure in Busy Harbor
  • Navigational Lights & Radar Reflectors
  • Navigation Basic Rules, Rules 4-10 & IALA System B
  • Fueling
  • Distress/Emergency Signals
  • VHF Marine Radio Channels for Recreational Boaters
  • VHF Usage in an Emergency
  • Distress Call Signs/Acronyms
What to bring:
  • Old tennis shoes or water shoes are required to be worn at all times to protect your feet.
  • A completed & signed waiver
  • Eyeglasses or sunglasses holder strap cord
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimming suit
  • Towel
  • Dry clothes
  • Water bottle full of water/ beverage
  • Snack
  • We provide life jackets. However, students may bring their own if they wish. (All privately owned life jackets are subject to inspection and approval of Green Bay Sail & Paddle Staff)
South Bay Marina
101 Bay Beach Road
Green Bay, WI, 54302

The marina is at the west end of Bay Beach Rd, past the Zippin Pippin roller coaster. To find SOUTH BAY, take HWY I-43 to exit #187 (Webster Ave), go north to Irwin St. and take a left on Irwin, which then turns into Bay Beach Rd. We are the last entrance on the right. Look for the SOUTH BAY Marina sign.

When you enter the marina, follow the signs that say Green Bay Sail & Paddle.

Classes may be canceled and/or rescheduled at the discretion of Green Bay Sail & Paddle Inc. (“GBSP”) due to weather conditions and/or general concern of the participants and/or any and all Green Bay Sail & Paddle Inc. staff and volunteers.  Classes that do not meet the minimum number of registrants may be rescheduled.  GBSP will attempt to notify all registrants by email and/or telephone of cancellations 24 to 48 hours prior to commencement.  

For the safety of everyone, we ask that if you have or had a fever in the past 48 hours, you do not come to class. We will do our best to reschedule you to a later class. You may be asked to leave if you do not abide by these safety guidelines.  Refunds will not be given to any participant for failure to comply with any and all safety guidelines.