Intermediate Sailing

The Intermediate Sailing Class is an opportunity to get more tiller time, while learning to sail a bit faster and smoother on more responsive catamarans. Take this next step to learn how to utilize a traveler, a jib, trapeze, and hull flying on old school fiberglass catamarans. At the start of each session, the instructor will review topics and coach students based on individual desires and skill sets. The goal of this course is to prepare students to sail independently and provide exposure to a variety of faster catamarans. This is a nine-hour class split into three lessons held on three consecutive weeks.

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Basic Sailing 2 (or test to Qualify)

$205 per person (3 classes)
Skills Taught:
  • Quick review of safety – GBSP policies, PFDs, sailing area, basic navigation
  • Trip planning
    • Weather planning
    • Boating/ passenger etiquette
    • Currents
    • Depth
  • Pre-sailing inspection
  • Rigging with two sails
  • Launching & Landing with a fiberglass boat
    • Stay off the rocks and watch the rudders!
  • Tacking and Gybing using a Tiller Extender
  • Using 2 sails – the Jib
    • Balancing the Jib/Main sail trim upwind
    • Balancing the Jib/Main sail trim downwind
  • Using a Traveler - Main
  • Downhaul & Outhaul
  • Let’s Fly!  (a hull) – (participation optional)
  • Using a Trapeze (participation optional)
    • Fitting the harness
    • When and How to go out
    • When and How to get back in
    • What to do in a Capsize
  • Capsize Recovery
    • Prevent a turtle
    • Recovering if from a turtle
    • Getting back aboard (Where and How)
  • Man Overboard with a Jib and Main
  • Reading the wind and water
  • Ballast – Where do you sit and why
  • Heavy weather planning
  • Managing your speed
    • Using the tiller and sail adjustments
    • Close maneuvers with other boats
  • Wind
    • Get the forecast
    • Observing wind puffs on the water surface
    • Dealing with huffs, puffs and big bad wolves (gusts)
  • Sailing up to/ away from a mooring
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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
  • GBSP provides 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 that you do not come to class. We will do our best to reschedule you to a later class. Every participant must wear a mask or buff while on shore, and social distancing recommendations must be followed.  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.