Q.C. Sailing School to offer four sessions of "Beginner Sailing" classes


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Posted Online: March 15, 2011, 4:46 pm
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Press release submitted by Lake Davenport Sailing Club (LDSC) - Sailing school

Sailing School:

Once again the Quad City Sailing School will be offering four sessions of "Beginner Sailing" classes at the Lake Davenport Sailing Club. The classes are advertised and sponsored through the City of Davenport's Park and Recreation Department. For those interested in promoting our classes to their friends, neighbors or associates, the class description and details can be found in the new 2011 Spring/Summer Brochure, under "Aquatics" or by calling the Parks & Recreation Department at 563-326-7812.

The classes will be taught in the 17 foot Hunters and will cover the basic aspects of sailing: Attire… Environmental Awareness: Wind, Weather, Currents… Sailboat Elements: Sail Power, Boat Parts, Knots and Lines… Sailing Skills: Upwind, Downwind, Stopping, Docking… Emergency Skills: Capsize Recovery (my personal favorite), Overboard Drill… Rules of the Road and Right of Way… The instructional materials were designed by the United States Sailing Association and the participants will receive 20 hours of land and on the water instruction. Participants must be at least 14 years of age and provide their own Coast Guard approved Type II or better Personal Floatation Device as well as a 50 yard Red Cross or YMCA swim check prior to first class.

This year's class dates are June 06, June 20, July 11, July 25, and will meet on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and finish up on Saturday from 8am to 5pm, which is a change from last year's program. The program fee is $185.00 and text books will be offered for an additional $25.00, if so desired.

At this time, the returning instructors will be Bob Hummel, Tom "Jake" Jacobson, Greg Albansoder and Mike Weber. Angie Hammond has offered to be the program coordinator again and Bill Sturgeon and crew will man the committee boat.

I want to thank the club and all of the volunteers who have assisted and supported the efforts of this program in the past and we hope we can count on your continued support again in the up coming season.

Captain Greg

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