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- What to Wear
Dress casual and comfortable. Layers work best for fall, winter and spring. Most people wear
shorts and t-shirts or polo-style shirts. Bring a windbreaker or pullover. White or non-marking
rubber-soled shoes only. Remember: Hat or visor, sunscreen, sunglasses.
1801 W. Coast Highway. Between the Balboa Bay Club and the Sea Scout Base. Approximately 1
½ mile south of the Newport Blvd. overpass on Coast Highway. Tall gray building with a curved
copper roof. Large sign on Highway says “Intercollegiate Sailing and Rowing Base”.
Classes are held regardless of the weather. If it is too rainy or windy, classes will move indoors.
Parking is always tight. Arrive early for a space in our lot. When parking in the double spaces be
sure not to block others. Do not park in red zones. Parking is available along Coast Hwy and in
the public parking lot off Tustin Ave at Avon, near the Coast Hwy intersection. You will need
quarters in the p-lot.
- Where to Meet
Lido, Shields and Junior classes will meet in the upstairs classrooms. Basic Cruising, Bareboat and
Alaska Eagle course will meet aboard the boat.
- Missed Class
There are no make-ups. If you know in advance you’ll miss a class, ask your instructor what will
be covered so you can read ahead. Otherwise, just show up at the next session of class. Missing
the first class of a new session is not advisable.
The OCC Beginning Sailing manual “Sails in the Sun/Masts in the Mud” and for Shields students
the book to purchase is “Basic Keelboat. Both books are recommend, but not required. The books
are available for $10 and $21.95 respectively on the first day of class, or from the office during
Your first day of Beginning Sailing is spent learning all about the boat and a bit on sailing theory.
You probably will get on the water for a short time. The rest of the class meetings will be 80%
Lido 14s do capsize and people “walk” off docks now and then. While most people make it
through the course without getting wet, it’s certainly a possibility. Everyone wears a life vest.
We recommend you carry a change of clothes and a towel in your car.
Safety is very important to your instructor. Classes will not be on the water in dangerous
conditions. Everyone wears a life vest all the time, regardless of the weather. Life vests are
Classes range from 3 to 33 people and two to three people per boat. Couples are able to sail
together most of the time, and individuals will quickly find sailing friends in class. There will be
up to 12 boats on the water, and your instructor will be nearby in a launch.