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- J.R., Sailing Instructor, Texas
Education Enrichment Center
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Learning Tools

In 2000 Roger Aubin started to sail. He began as a complete beginner. He wanted to help out the community by taking people who have never sailed before on the water.

Roger took his C&C 24 out every day for 3 hours for the first three years. He quickly gained knowledge and skills. As his trade is a teacher, he continued to teach new people who came on board on his Fun Sails.

After 9 years literally over 1500 people have enjoyed the water on Roger's boat.

These presentations are to A) Help educated new and experienced sailors in the art of sailing, B) Raise money for the continual upkeep of Annie 74345, and C) help educational sailing programs.

These learning programs are great for skippers who have new crew, skippers who want a refresher, and crew who want to know more.

As well they are great fundraisers for Yacht Clubs and other organizations.

50% of all profits go to organizations that help new sailors learn new skill and become safe on the water.

You can also decide to have the proceeds go towards the charity or sailing program of your choice.

In 2006, Learnsailing.org helped sponsor these events:

  • Patos International Race
  • Round Saltspring Race
  • Women in Wind Regatta
  • Vende Saltspring
  • Cowbay Regatta
  • Easter Seal's "Raise Your Sails"

Donations have been made to:

  • Royal Victoria Yacht Club's Junior Program
  • Royal Sidney North Saanich Club's Junior Program
  • Saltspring Island Sailing Club's Junior Program
  • Maple Bay Yacht Club's Junior Program
  • Disable Sailing Association
  • Canadian Power Squadron (Victoria)

Important Notes

  • These interactive programs have been created as PowerPoint Presentations. They are easy to use with the free PowerPoint Viewer available from Microsoft.

  • There are sample programs available for viewing on our Samples page.

  • All prices shown are in Canadian Dollars.

  • All purchases will go through PayPal -- a highly secure site where you can use most types of credit card, or other methods of payment.

Once you've added programs to your PayPal shopping cart, you can update your cart or checkout with this button:

"Have New Crew?"

* Complete Set of Programs #1 to #11

Save money and order the complete set of sailing programs #1 to #11. You can view the complete list of programs and their descriptions below.

Price: $48, including delivery on a CD.

"New to Dinghies?"

* Complete Set of Programs #11 to #21

Save money and order the complete set of sailing programs #11 to #21. You can view the complete list of programs and their descriptions below.

Price: $30, including delivery on a CD.

"Have Good Crew? Want Great?"

* Complete Set of Programs #22 to #31, plus #11

Save money and order the complete set of sailing programs #22 to #31, plus #11. You can view the complete list of programs and their descriptions below.

Price: $54, including delivery on a CD.
* CD, Including Shipping Costs

Our usual method of "delivery" is to e-mail you a link to your copy of the sailing program(s). However, if you'd like to receive a CD in the mail with your ordered program(s), please add this $7 CD to your order. This cost includes shipping and handling.

If you order more than 5 programs,
they must be delivered on a CD!

You must order a CD if you are purchasing more than 5 programs. The CD is included in the price of the "Complete Sets" packages, as listed above. Orders of 5 or fewer programs can be e-mailed, if you prefer.

If you choose this option, be sure to include your mailing address during the Paypal checkout.

Price: $7
Program #01 Names on and off the boat

* Part of "Have New Crew?"

  • Understand the names and places on a boat.
  • Understand the terminology in relationship to the boat.
  • Knowing the names of the lines on a boat.
  • Understanding what the lines do on the boat.
  • Understanding the names of the sails and why to use them.
  • Knowing the sides and corners of the sails.
  • Knowing the equipment names on a boat.
Price: $10
Program #02 How to set up & put away the boat

* Part of "Have New Crew?"

  • Understand where you place the lines.
  • Understand how you raise and lower the main.
  • Understand how you raise and lower the foresails.
  • Understand how you raise and lower the spinnaker.
  • Understand how you fold sails.
  • Understand how to get the boat ready and put it away.
Price: $10
Program #03 Sail Trim

* Part of "Have New Crew?"

  • Understand what the lines do (much more detail than names on and off the boat).
  • Understand how to trim the foresail to get the maximum performance.
  • Understand how to trim the main to get the maximum performance.
  • Understand how to trim the spinnaker to get the maximum performance.
  • Understand the theory of reduce sail can help your speed.
Price: $10
Program #04 Sailing Rules

* Part of "Have New Crew?"

  • Understanding the basic rules of sailing.
  • Knowing the rules at start lines.
  • Knowing the sequence for a start.
  • Knowing the flags on a start line.
  • Comprehending the sounds for the start sequence.
  • Understanding the windward mark rounding rules.
  • Understanding the leeward mark rounding rules.
  • Comprehending the rules when you are passing or getting passed by another boat upwind.
  • Comprehending the rules when you are passing or getting passed by another boat downwind.
Price: $10
Program #05 P.H.R.F.

* Part of "Have New Crew?"

  • Comprehending what a handicap formula is.
  • Knowing the drawbacks and advantages of handicap formulas to your specific boat.
  • How current, tides, chop, physical features, and lack or too much wind effects the formula.
Price: $10
Program #06 Flags

* Part of "Have New Crew?"

  • Knowing the alphabet by flags.
  • Knowing the flags used by Race Committee.
  • Understanding what each flag means (diver down, need help, I want to communicate with you, I need a pilot and much more).
  • Understand what the flags mean to the shipping and navel vessels.
  • Know the flags and pennants for numbers.
  • Understanding what eh pennants mean.
Price: $10
Program #07 Morale

* Part of "Have New Crew?"

  • Knowing how to keep the morale high.
  • Understanding the responsibilities of the skipper.
  • Understanding the responsibilities of crew.
  • Examples on how to communicate to each other.
  • Explain how to work as a team.
  • Examples use on Annie.
Price: $10
Program #08 Long Distance Strategies

* Part of "Have New Crew?"

(this is good for the cruiser to get the most out of their sail too!)

  • Understanding how current effects boats.
  • Understand how chop effects a boat
  • Understand how other boats effect the wind for you.
  • Understanding the effects that physical features affect the current.
  • Understanding the effects that physical features affect the wind.
  • How to use wakes as a benefit.
Price: $10
Program #09 RTB Strategies

* Part of "Have New Crew?"

  • Knowing the courses for Round the Buoys.
  • Knowing the names f the markers in the racecourse.
  • Knowing what to look for before a race.
  • Knowing some starting strategies.
  • Comprehending the flag sequence for the start.
  • Knowing some mark rounding strategies.
  • Knowing the finish line strategies.
Price: $10
Program #10 Starting and Mark Roundings

* Part of "Have New Crew?"

  • Knowing what to look for and get ready in the Pre Start Stage.
  • Knowing the goals and rules for a great start!
  • Understand racing tactics for Starts.
  • Knowing what to do when there are wind shifts.
  • Comprehending strategies for a fast start.
  • Understanding the concept of the first leg of a race.
  • Understand racing tactics for mark Roundings.
  • Understanding the differences of good and bad air.
  • Know the flags for Race Committee.
Price: $10
Program #11 Annie Accomplishments
  • Explain the history of Annie 74345.
  • Explaining how Annie went form not knowing anything to winning important regional races in a few years.
  • Understanding the goals of Annie and crew (both racing and getting huge numbers of people sailing for free).
  • Explaining Annie’s 5 and 10 year plans and when they were accomplished and the ones yet to be accomplished.
Price: $10
Program #12 Optimist Sailing

* Part of "New to Dinghies?"

  • What is a Optimist?
  • Great Fact
  • Side of a Boat
  • Parts of an Optimist
  • Going into the wind
  • Going a beam of the wind
  • Going down wind
  • Dagger
  • Optimist Sail
  • Trimming the Sail
  • Steering
  • Weight on the boat for Moderate Winds
  • Weight on the boat for Light Winds
  • Using weight for Steering
Price: $10
Program #13 Laser Sailing

* Part of "New to Dinghies?"

  • What is a Laser?
  • Specifications Under Current Rules
  • Side of a boat
  • Parts of a Laser
  • Going into the wind
  • Going a beam of the wind
  • Going down wind
  • Dagger
  • Laser Sail
  • Trimming the Sail
  • Steering
  • Weight on the boat for Moderate Winds
  • Weight on the boat for Light Winds
  • Using weight for Steering
Price: $10
Program #14 Fireball Sailing

* Part of "New to Dinghies?"

  • What is a Fireball?
  • The History of the Fireballs.
  • Sides of a Fireball.
  • Parts of a Fireball.
  • Relating to the winds
  • Dagger or centerboard.
  • Parts of the sail.
  • Trimming the sails.
  • Steering the boat
  • Using your weight to help the boat go faster.
Price: $10
Program #15 White Sails Level 1

* Part of "New to Dinghies?"

  • Life Jacket
  • Clothing
  • Capsizing
  • Right a boat
  • What your boat has to have
  • Special Items
  • 5 useful knots
  • Where is the wind coming from?
  • Coiling Rope
  • When you are finished
  • Terminology
  • Defining terms
Price: $10
Program #16 White Sails Level 2

* Part of "New to Dinghies?"

  • Identify parts of the boat
  • Where you are compare to the wind
  • Tacking
  • Gybing
  • 2 useful knots
  • Getting under way from the beach
  • Skipper’s commands
  • Stopping the boat
  • Righting a dinghy
  • Docking on the beach
Price: $10
Program #17 White Sails Level 3

* Part of "New to Dinghies?"

  • Similar to many level three sailing courses.
  • With one and two it makes a basic package for new sailors.
Price: $10
Program #18 Bronze Sails Level 1

* Part of "New to Dinghies?"

  • What to look for before you sail.
  • Flotation devices
  • Arranging rope
  • Naming parts of a dinghy
  • Use of the mainsail
  • What you change in different types of weather.
  • Crew’s duties
Price: $10
Program #19 Bronze Sails Level 2

* Part of "New to Dinghies?"

  • The different types of anchors; The strengths of each one
  • Amount of rode or purchase to get out when anchoring
  • The purpose of the centerboard
  • How much centerboard to use and when.
  • Naming parts of a spinnaker
  • How to launch a spinnaker
  • How to trim a spinnaker
  • How to gybe a spinnaker
  • How to douse a spinnaker
Price: $10
Program #20 Silver Sails

* Part of "New to Dinghies?"

  • The people who run a race or regatta:
    1. Race organizers
    2. The notice of race.
    3. Race Instructions
    4. Race committee
    5. Protest committee
    6. Scorers
  • Some of the flags used in a race
  • Terminology used to communicate with in your boat.
Price: $10
Program #21 Gold Sails

* Part of "New to Dinghies?"

  • What to look for before you sail
  • Log Book
  • Performance Objectives
  • My Goals
  • Your Goals
  • Regatta Schedules and Goals
  • Physical Training Program
  • On-Water Training Program
  • Mental Training on Training
  • Mental Toughness
  • Transportation and Program Administration
  • Definitions
  • Racing Strategies
Price: $10
Program #22 Introduction to 'Have good crew? Want great?'
  • Why do we race sailboats?
  • Building blocks for success
  • Boat speed and handling
  • 1 or 2% is the difference
  • Performance analysis
  • Before you leave the dock
Price: $12
Program #23 Boat Handling

* Part of "Have Good Crew? Want Great?"

  • When to train
  • Why have a crew
  • Crew organization and principles
  • Boat speed and handling
  • Divide and conquer
  • Define crew positions
  • Do your own job
  • Practice
  • Rotating positions
  • Sailing with another boat
  • Finding crew
  • Getting help
  • Keeping crew
  • Bad news is good news
  • Atmosphere on your boat
  • Getting information
  • Communication
Price: $12
Program #24 Introduction to Trim - Advanced

* Part of "Have Good Crew? Want Great?"

  • Making a boat move
  • Why do we have a sail and keel?
  • Sail shapes
  • What is lift?
  • Keel lift
  • Sails and keel combined
  • Attention to detail
  • Sail maker's goals
  • Depth and draft
  • Twist
  • Mains and genoas
  • Keels
  • Evolution of sails
  • Measuring performance
  • Details for upwind sail trim
  • New approach
Price: $12
Program #25 Upwind Boat Handling

* Part of "Have Good Crew? Want Great?"

  • Tacking properly
  • Tactician
  • Driver
  • Crew
  • Roll tack
  • Tail and grind
  • Start here: Trimming
  • Hiking
  • More tacking ideas
  • Straight line sailing
  • Ducking
  • Reefing
  • Genoa change
  • Positions responsibility for foresail change
  • Sail changes
  • Stowing sails
  • Flaking
Price: $12
Program #26 Foresail Trim and Controls

* Part of "Have Good Crew? Want Great?"

  • The foresail trimmer
  • Foresail power
  • Angle of tack
  • Shape of sails
  • Twist in a sail
  • Balance of power
  • Sail selection and controls
  • Measuring and duplicating halyard settings
  • Forestay sag
  • Foresail leads
  • Foresail leads tuning
  • Foresail sheet
  • Adjustment examples
  • Never quit!!
  • Reaching trim - a reacher
  • Barber hauling
  • Reminders
  • Boad (low) reaches
Price: $12
Program #27 Mainsail Controls

* Part of "Have Good Crew? Want Great?"

  • 3 sources of power for the main
  • Power through the angle of attack
  • Power through shape
  • Power through twist
  • Controls
  • Mainsheet
  • Leech telltales
  • Main sail trimming
  • Secondary controls
  • Boom vang
  • Mast bend
  • Outhaul
  • Traveler
  • Preferred method of adjustment
  • Luff tension
  • Vang sheeting
  • Mainsail controls
  • Reaching trim
  • Running trim
  • Fully battened mains
  • Not quite full length option
Price: $12
Program #28 Upwind Helmsmanship

* Part of "Have Good Crew? Want Great?"

  • Driver info
  • Boat speed
  • Pointing
  • Feel of your gut
  • Feel of the wind
  • Feel of the helm
  • Angle of heel
  • Jib telltales
  • Info from trimmers
  • Comment from the rail
  • Steering upwind
  • Using jib telltales to advantage
  • Full speed mode
  • Acceleration mode
  • Point mode
  • Pinching
  • Feathering
  • Gentry tufts
  • Tacking
  • Calling trim from the helm
  • Narrow or forgiving
  • Proper power
  • Wind and waves
  • Weather helm
  • Turbo sailing
  • Starts
  • Practice staring techniques
Price: $12
Program #29 Spinnaker set and trim

* Part of "Have Good Crew? Want Great?"

  • Attach the bag
  • Set the pole
  • Fasten the sheet
  • Level the pole
  • Pre-feed the guy
  • Attach the halyard
  • With a healed boat
  • The set flying
  • Trimming the spinnaker
  • Degrees for the spinnaker
  • Reaching trim
  • Running trim
Price: $12
Program #30 Crew Positions and Gybing for the Spinnaker

* Part of "Have Good Crew? Want Great?"

  • Spinnaker techniques
  • The bear away spinnaker set
  • Spinnaker jibes
  • Jibing the spinnaker (end for end)
  • Jibing the spinnaker (The dip-pole jibe)
  • Various Spinnaker take downs
  • After dousing the spinnaker
  • Choices
Price: $12
Program #31 Improving Your Chances of Winning

* Part of "Have Good Crew? Want Great?"

  • Before the race - environment
  • PHRF
  • Race environment
  • Tides
  • Winds
  • Crew
  • 7 days before the big race
  • Distractions before the race
  • Knows the strengths and weaknesses of your boat
  • Knows the strengths and weaknesses of your opponent
  • Communication
  • General game plan
  • Breaking the race down into sections
  • Example of preparation for a big race
  • What happened in reality
Price: $12
 
 
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