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Tentative Schedule
Monday: Rig boats on land, Wash and prepare boats, Fit PFDs, Tip Tests, Review vocabulary.
Tuesday: Sail with staff, practice skills, sailing games, knots
Wednesday: Sail in teams, rig in water, review emergency procedures
Thursday: More sailing
Friday: Regatta (sailing race)

Suggested Footwear for Sailing at Camp
Water shoes with rubber bottoms will be VERY helpful. This will help you work on the boats with ease on and off the shore. You can bring old athletic shoes or water shoes. Just make sure they stay on your feet. Flip flops or sandals that slide on and off won’t work.

To Do Before
Before you arrive, get familiar with sailing lingo. This will help us get in the water faster, by getting through the land lessons sooner.

Parts of a Sail:
  • Main – Primary Sail set on the mast and boom
  • Head – Top of sail
  • Tack – Front lower corner of sail
  • Clew – Back lower corner of sail
  • Luff – Front edge of sail
  • Foot – Bottom edge of sail
  • Sheets – Ropes used to control the adjustment or trim of a sail
  • Lines – Another name for rope
  • Cleats – Fittings of various designs used to secure ropes
  • Blocks – Rope or wire pulley
  • Traveler – Adjustable system upon which the mainsheet blocks can slide
Parts of a Boat:
  • Hull – The body of the boat
  • Bow – The front end
  • Forward – Direction towards the bow
  • Aft – Direction towards the stern
  • Waterline Length – Length of the boat in the water
  • Beam – Sailboat’s maximum width
  • Freeboard – Height of the hull above the water
  • Draft – Distance form the water’s surface to the bottom of the boat
  • Cockpit – Inside of the boat where the crew sits
  • Daggerboard – A fin that slides up and down in a vertical slot into the water to counteract the force of the sails, prevents side slipping
  • Rudder – A movable steering fin at the back of the boat
  • Tiller – The steering arm that moves the rudder
  • Mast – The vertical main pole supporting the sails
  • Gooseneck – Hinged attachment point for the boom on the mast
  • Buoyancy Tanks – Airtight compartments that provide flotation in the event of a capsize
  • Hiking Stick – A tiller attachment allowing for easier steering from a variety of seating positions
  • Port - The left side of the boat (when looking forward)
  • Starboard - The right side of the boat (when looking forward)
  • Boom – The hinged, horizontal pole supporting the bottom of the mainsail
  • Shroud – Side wire supporting the mast
  • Mast Step – Fitting in boat upon which mast stands
If you need additional information, contact the Camp Director, Kat "Fée" Weyland at kweyland@gswise.org or 414-443-3997.