Sailing School: True North Sailing School


Basic Sailing 101

Course Description
Basic Sailing is for those who are new to the sport or those with a minimum amount of sailing experience. The goal of this extensive 21 hour course is to provide a firm foundation of sailing skills and knowledge which will enable the student to confidently sail a 24' to 30' keelboat in moderate wind and sea conditions. Basic Sailing is taught aboard J/24 sloops with a maximum of 4 students per boat. If requested A.S.A. Basic Keelboat Certification is awarded
upon successful completion of the written and practical exams.

Weekend And Weekday Course Formats
Basic Sailing consists of three 3 hour classroom sessions and and two 6 hour sailing sessions. One classroom session is scheduled prior to the first sailing session. This "Classroom First" method gives students the opportunity to absorb concepts such as sailing theory, terminology, nomenclature, points of sail, knot tying, right of way rules, chart reading & buoy systems before they get out on the water. By first having a firm understanding of the theory involved in sailing, students can maximize their time spent on the water practicing boat handling skills. All Basic Sailing Courses (both weekend and weekday) begin with a Tuesday evening classroom orientation.

Course Includes:

• Basic Keelboat Textbook
• All Course Materials

Topics Include:

• Parts Of The Boat
• Terminology
• Sailing Theory
• Rigging The Boat
• Tacking & Jibing
• Points Of Sail
• Sail Trim
• True & Apparent Wind • Knots
• Right Of Way Rules
• Man Overboard Recovery
• Reefing & Heaving-To
• Buoyage Systems
• Docking
• Engine Operation
• Safety Gear

Prerequisite: None
Cost: $475 / 4 or more $425 each
A.S.A. Certification Exam and Logbook $40 (Optional)

True North Sailing School offers 2 Basic Sailing Course Formats
Note: You can choose either a WEEKEND sailing format (Saturday & Sunday) or a WEEKDAY sailing format (Wednesday & Thursday) but please note that ALL Basic Sailing Courses both weekend and weekday begin with a Tuesday evening classroom orientation.


Advanced Sailing 102

Coastal Cruising is an advanced sailing course designed for Basic Keelboat Certified Sailors or those with equivalent experience. The goal of the Coastal Cruising Course is to prepare the student to cruise safely in local and regional waters as skipper or crew on an auxiliary powered sailboat in moderate wind and sea conditions. Chart reading, plotting and coastal navigation skills are stressed during this course. A.S.A. Coastal Cruising Certification is awarded upon successful completion of the written and practical exams.

Course Format
Coastal Cruising consists of one 3 hour Tuesday evening classoom session plus two full days of sailing (Saturday and Sunday) from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day aboard a beautiful 45' Island Packet Cutter named "Symbiosis" with a maximum of 6 students per class (see Symbiosis photos on right).

Course Includes:

• Textbook "Basic Cruising"
• Dividers
• Spreaders
• Parallel Rules • A.S.A. Logbook
• Two Nautical Practice Charts
• All Course Materials
• Mooring Fees

Topics Include:

• Advanced Sail Trim
• Diesel Engine Operation
• Navigation
• Spinnaker Sets, Jibes and Take downs
• G.P.S. Operation • V.H.F. Radio Operation
• Use Of Domestic Equipment
• Docking/Anchoring
• Lights At Night
• Electrical System

Prerequisite: Basic Keelboat Certification Or Equivalent Experienced
Price: $525
Add $50 for Basic Keelboat Equivalency Exam If Desired

Course Dates:

May 6
May 20
June 3
June 17
July 1
July 15
July 29
August 12
September 2
September 16


True North Sailing Club

Welcome to the True North Sailing Club where being a member is the most convenient and economical way to enjoy the exciting sport of sailing. True North Sailing Club Members enjoy access to a fleet of professionally maintained J/24 sloops throughout the sailing season all for one low annual membership fee.

The True North Sailing Club organizes great educational and social activities for its members all year long. Yacht racing, overnight cruises, Caribbean sailing vacations, winter ski trips, dinner parties, wine tasting etc. If you love to sail, have fun and meet new friends then you should head to True North.

Goals Of The True North Sailing Club

• Provide a fleet of well maintained boats for members to sail.
• Organize racing and cruising programs.
• Organize social events and provide a social atmosphere for members to enjoy.
• Provide educational opportunities for members so they may continue to improve their sailing skills and knowledge.

Better Than Owning Your Own Boat — JUST THINK • No boat to buy / No loan payments
• No boat maintenance headaches
• No dockage fees / No winter boat storage fees
• No fuel expenses
• No trouble finding experienced people to sail with

True North Sailing Club Members who have previously owned their own boats tell us that they sail much more now as a club member than they ever did as a private boat owner while saving thousands of dollars per year. Compared to owning a boat, True North Sailing Club Membership is extremely affordable. Sailing Club annual dues is approximately 1/3rd the cost of what you would pay just to dock your own boat for a season.

Enjoy Unlimited Sailing
Sail whenever you like as often as you like. Just make a reservation by phone or email and a fully equipped boat will be waiting for you at the dock.

Full Six Month Sailing Season
In 2006 our sailing season runs from Saturday May 6 through Sunday October 15. During the Season we offer many social and educational special events including our Thursday evening Race Series (Please check our Club Calendar for the events schedule).
During the Off Season we offer Caribbean Cruises, ski trips, educational seminars and other social events. As a member you will build new friendships and have unlimited fun.

Great Sailing Area
Upper and Lower New York Bay is known for consistent sea breezes all season long
Sailing boundary - Sandy Hook to The Tappan Zee Bridge
Scenery unlike anywhere else in the world including the New York Skyline, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Verrazano, George Washington and East River Bridges.

Membership Requirements
The True North Sailing Club is open to all American Sailing Association and / or U.S. Sailing Certified Sailors. Proficient sailors who are not currently certified can qualify for club membership by passing the required certification exams without having to complete certification courses.

Those who are new to the sport of sailing start by registering for the Basic Sailing Course at the True North Sailing School. After completing the Basic Course and receiving certification you can then become a True North Sailing Club Member. (Basic Course and Club Membership discount packages are available – See "Basic Sailing" page for details). All members must be at least 18 years of age.

Levels Of Membership
Skipper Members are experienced sailors who have completed The Basic and Advanced Sailing Courses and hold Coastal Cruising Certification at a minimum. All club boats are required to have a skipper member onboard when sailing. Skippers are responsible for maneuvering boats in and out of the marina docks.

Crew Members are beginner & intermediate sailors who have completed The Basic Sailing Course and hold Basic Sailing Certification at a minimum. Whenever club boats sail all members on board (both skippers and crew) share the driving time. This policy gives crew members the opportunity to perfect their skills so they can eventually become skippers themselves.

There is no price difference between skipper and crew memberships. Your level of membership is a matter of sailing experience and qualifications.

Membership Dues
BASIC MEMBERSHIP – Basic Membership dues which gives you unlimited access to the clubs fleet of J/24 sloops is $1,000 per year for both Skipper and Crew Members. True North Sailing School Basic Sailing Course graduates receive a $100 discount on their first years dues provided they join the club within one month of completing the course.

No Initiation Fee – At True North we have no initiation fees unlike other clubs where you get "locked in" by paying a hefty non refundable upfront charge.

Experienced but uncertified sailors pay dues as listed above plus $150 for an A.S.A. onboard "Checkout" and written Certification Exam.
Dues are prorated for members who join after the start of the sailing season (in their second season) so you will not pay for any unused sailing time.

Spousal Discount – Your Spouse receives a 20% discount on Basic Membership. Spouse pays $800 dues.

Senior Discount – Sailors over 60 years of age receive a 40 % discount on Basic Membership. Seniors dues is $600.

Family Plan – Husband, wife and all children 10 to 17 years of age $2,000 total for Basic Memberships. At least one parent must be a skipper member and children must sail with that parent at all times.

Graduate Discount – True North Sailing School Basic Sailing Course graduates receive a $100 discount on their first years Basic Membership dues provided they join the club within one month of completing the course.

Sailing School Discounts – All Club Members receive substantial discounts on all Advanced Cruising and Racing Courses at the Award Winning True North Sailing School


"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."    — Robert A. Heinlein

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