Learn to Sail

There are many ways to learn to sail. You can buy a small sailboat and learn on your own, or sail with a friend and try to learn from experience, but taking a formal sailing class will save you time and money in the long run.

Let us help you learn the right way with trained instructors, great equipment and a first class facility on beautiful Newport Harbor.

Explore sailing in our Lido 1 or Harbor 20 Level 1 Beginning Sailing classes and move on to build your skills and confidence in more advanced classes.

It’s easy to get started.  You decide which boat type, class price and class size is best for you.  Whether you start in the Lido 14 dinghy or the Harbor 20 keelboat you are on the path to a lifetime of sailing adventures.


Learn to Sail
Learn to Sail

 

 

 

Beginning Sailing – Lido 1

Beginning Sailing
Beginning Sailing

If you have never sailed before or just have a little experience sailing with others, this is the class for you. You will learn basic sailing skills and gain confidence through dockside lectures and hands-on experience in Lido 14 dinghies. Dinghy sailing is a physical activity and participants should have physical stamina, good balance and be capable of moving about safely in the boat. Topics will include sailing theory, points of sail, basic terminology, tacking, gybing, safety, knots and docking. Eighty percent of class time is spent enjoying the outdoors and sailing the Lidos within Newport Bay. Two or three students per boat. Students must be 14 years old to participate in this class.  Min 8 – Max 24 students.

  • Prerequisites
    • Ability to swim 50 yards
    • At least 14-years old on the first day of class.
  • Book
    • Sails in the Sun
  • Successful completion prepares you for:
    • Intermediate Lido

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Intermediate Lido – Lido 2

Intermediate Lido
Intermediate Lido

Advance your sailing skills in this fun class. We will review the skills from Beginning Sailing with an emphasis on improving boat handling skills and refining sail trim. The importance of balance and teamwork will become evident as you learn how to sail backwards and how to maneuver without a rudder using only the sails and the crew weight. Single-handed sailing and racing will be introduced time permitting. Upon completion of Intermediate Lidos you are ready to move on to Shields I.

  • Prerequisite
    • Beginning Sailing or equivalent experience
  • Book
    • Sails in the Sun
  • Successful completion prepares you for:

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Harbor 20 – Level 1

Harbor 20
Harbor 20

A great class for beginning students who prefer a smaller class size and more personalized instruction while enjoying the comfort and stability of a keelboat. Taught aboard our Harbor 20 keelboats each class will have a maximum of 3 students per instructor. You will learn basic sailing skills and gain confidence through lectures and on-the-water practice. Topics will include basic sail theory, points of sail, safety, tacking, gybing, right of way, knots and docking. Eighty percent of class time is spent sailing the Harbor 20 within Newport Harbor.

  • Prerequisites
    • Ability to swim 50 yards
    • At least 14-years old on the first day of class.
  • Book
    • Basic Keelboat
  • Successful completion prepares you for:

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Harbor 20 – Level 2

Harbor 20 Level 2 builds upon the sailing fundamentals learned in Harbor 20 Leel 1 and provides a great transition for students moving from Intermediate Lidos to small keelboats.  You will practice your sailing skills and gain experience and confidence rigging and sailing the Harbor 20.  Topics include docking procedures, crew communication, roller furling operation, points of sail and sail trim, crew overboard, reefing, safety equipment, rules and knots.  If  you are thinking about getting your Harbor 20 Skipper Certification this class is a must?  By the end of class you will be ready to move on to Shields 1, or if your goal is to take friends and family sailing on Newport Bay ask about the Harbor 20 Level 2- Extra class.  Min 4-Max 8 students.

  • Prerequisites
    • Harbor 20 – Level 1, Intermediate Lido or equivalent experience.
  • Book
    • US Sailing Basic Keelboat
  • Successful completion prepares you for:

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Harbor 20 – Level 2–Extra

An intensive course for students interested in renting the Harbor 20 for day sailing.  Class time will be 20% review and 80% evaluation of student skills.   Students in this class have completed Harbor 20 Level 2, or have other significant sailing experience. You will review the fundamentals of rigging and sailing a Harbor 20, refine your skills at the helm and demonstrate ability to sail proficiently on all points of sail with proper sail trim, confidently leave and return to the dock,  reef successfully and perform a crew overboard recovery.    Active participation is required for success and a passing grade on the written and practical tests are required for certification.

  • Prerequisites
    • Harbor 20 Level 2 or equivalent experience
  • Book
    • US Sailing Basic Keelboat
  • Successful completion prepares you for:

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Lido Racing Clinic

Racing is a great way to fine tune your sail trim, maximize your boat speed, improve your overall sailing skills and just getting on the water and sailing around the marks with friends. You will learn about racing tactics and strategies, starts, mark roundings, boat speed, and racing rules. Lots of concentrated water time will improve your sailing skills even if you don’t plan to continue to race.

  • Prerequisite
    • Beginning Sailing or equivalent experience
  • Book: Instructor handouts

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Private Lessons

Private lessons are available to students who prefer a one-on-one class, want to make up a missed session, or practice specific skills.  Whether you are new to our program, or have taken several classes, your instructor will create an individual instruction program designed to meet your goals.  Private lessons are scheduled for a minimum of 3-hours.

  • Lido 14 – $185 (1 or 2 people)
  • Shields or Harbor 20 – $205 (1 or 2 people)
  • Catalina 42 – $270 (2 or 3 people)
  • Power up to 35′ – $205/hr ( 1 or 2 people)
  • Whaler – $95/hr (1 or 2 people)

All regular scheduled classes are available on a private or semi-private basis.  Contact the school for pricing and scheduling.