Introduction to Racing 2-Weekend

This course is based on our highly successful 5 day racing course format but is broken into two weekends to accommodate those who cannot get free for a course during the week.  The first weekend is similar to our legendary race boat and spinnaker boat handling course.  A racing-oriented course that covers sail trim, symmetric and asymmetric spinnaker handling, and crew organization for sailors with solid helm and sail trim skills.  We work on mark roundings, speed control, steering techniques, and crew communication.  This course is perfect for skippers as well as crew looking to improve their mechanics and race course form.

The second weekend shifts focus from the physical boat handling you’ve developed in the first weekend and begins to focus on the more cerebral “outside the boat” concepts including racing rules, upwind and downwind strategy and tactics, starting and mark rounding techniques and more.  The second weekend leaves participants of this course with a much clearer picture of what’s going on in the skippers mind and greatly increases confidence in your overall racing knowledge.  Course text will be J Worlds Racing Handbook.  This is an ideal course for skippers new to racing, or crewmembers looking to increase their all-around knowledge.

Who should take this class?

Anyone interested in learning how to race or race better should consider taking this course.  We suggest that incoming students have a US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification or have sailing experience that is commensurate with the Basic Keelboat Standard.  Course is suitable for graduates of our Learn to Sail 4 or 5 day courses, our Performance Cruising course, as well as anyone with US Sailing Basic Keelboat or Basic Cruising Certification.


None, but we recommend anyone considering this course should have completed a J World Basic Keelboat course or have sailing experience that is commensurate with the Basic Keelboat Standard.

What will I learn?

This two weekend course offers racing students a strong foundation in racing sail trim and balance, upwind strategy and tactics, starting strategy and tactics, downwind strategy and tactics and the racing rules.  Upon completion of this course, you will have the skills and confidence to compete successfully as skipper or crew in your local and regional PHRF and one-design events.


Students will receive a J World Annapolis certificate of completion.

How will I spend my time?

This two weekend class runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.

How do I register?

The course is offered every weekend from April 1 to November 1.  Call or email us to register now!

What should I bring?

Comfortable weather appropriate clothing, athletic shoes, and plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.  Lunch can be ordered from us or bring your own!  If you need anything else, give us a call and we can help.

Price:  $1305


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