Learn to Sail IC24 - Basic Keelboat Sailing Course BVI

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Keelboat Sailing – IC24 Boats

Swain Sailing BVI - IC24Basic Keelboat Certification

RSSS teaches on IC24s. These boats are a converted J24s (24'). It's one of the most popular keelboats for day sailing in the world (5,200 hulls have been built). The conversion sports a new cockpit much longer and wider than the original, over two hundred pounds were removed from below decks, and an extra bulkhead and keel reinforcements were added to strengthen the hull. The hull, mast, and sail plan are the same. These modifications manifest themselves in a boat that is safe, swift, sturdy and spacious.

The sail plan is generous, yet forgiving. This boat goes well in both light and heavier breezes and is easily handled by two people. It is tiller steered as opposed to wheel steered which greatly enhances the boat's reaction time to a person's movement of the tiller. This is of paramount importance when learning how to sail, i.e. the faster a boat reacts to your action, the quicker you will know that what you did was correct. Click here to view more images of the IC24.

Two and Three Day Keelboat Sail Course

Keelboat sailing BVI

Our two day Basic Keelboat course is structured around a schedule which challenges every level of person and rewards each with the objective and subjective know how to command a boat of this size. This course is offered every weekend as well as weekly: Tuesday & Wednesday or Thursday & Friday. The format combines classroom time and on the water training each day. The classroom portion is one hour concentrating on terminology, parts of the boat, knots and theory. This time is also spent focusing on translating what you have read in the book into the simple dynamics of sailing.

On the water you will spend three and one half to four hours each day practicing what you have read and what you have been taught.

Course Curriculum

Day 1

Classroom
On The Water
  • Parts of the boat
  • Bowline, cleating,clove hitch
  • Points of sail
  • Standing and running rigging
  • Tacks and jibes
  • Basic sail trim
  • Irons(how to go in, how to get out)
  • Mooring balls
  • Rights of way
  • Commands
  • PFD's and safety gear
  • Outboard operation
  • Dock line and fender handling
  • Sail raising and leaving dock/anchorage
  • Using tell tales
  • Going head to wind, bearing away
  • Tacks and jibes
  • Sail to dock
  • ID all standing and running rigging
  • Straight line steering
  • Points of sail
  • Proper boat put down

 

Day 2

Classroom
On The Water
  • Square knot,slip knot,rolling hitch, stopper knot
  • Apparent and true wind. Headers and lifts. Veers and backs
  • Sail shape and sail trim
  • Sail controls (backstay,vang, Cunningham, sheets, halyard, outhaul etc.)
  • Reefing
  • Slot effect (Bernoulli principal)
  • Anchoring
  • Windward Leewards
  • Zig zags with sail trim (heading up, falling off)
  • Mooring balls under sail
  • MOBS
  • Heave to
  • Reefing
  • Anchoring
  • rudderless steering

 

Day 3 (optional)

More time on the water (with or without instructor) practicing and refining learned skills