Keelboat Classes

Now that you have some sailing under your belt it is time to challenge yourself by moving on to bigger boats and new sailing adventures. A fun, fast and rewarding sailing experience lies ahead as you become familiar with our 30′ Shields and the J/105 Becky.

Whether you want to simply become a better sailor, work towards a US SAILING Basic Keelboat Certification, learn how to fly a spinnaker or try your hand at racing we are confident you will find a Shields or J/105 class to fit your sailing needs.

Select from the type of class and size of boat that best fits you.


Shields Sloop
Shields Sloop

 

 


 

Shields 1

The skills you acquired in your Learn to Sail classes will be applied and reinforced as you transition from the Lido 14 or Harbor 20 to the heavier, and more powerful 30’ Shields sloop. You will learn how to rig a Shields sloop, seamanship skills, safety topics, docking, reefing, obligations of the skipper and crew, right-of-way rules and safe handling of a larger boat.

  • Prerequisite
    • Ability to swim 50 yards
    • Successful completion of either Intermediate Lido or Harbor 20 level 2; or equivalent experience.
  • Book
    • Basic Keelboat
  • Successful completion prepares you for:
    • Shields 2
    • J/105 Level 1

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Shields 2

For experienced sailors who are ready to take their skills to the next level and are eager for more quality sailing time.   Class begins with a brief review of skills learned in Shields 1 before moving on to a more in depth look at sail trim and shape, heel control, wind shifts, helm control, apparent wind, crew over board, anchoring, jury rigging, crew work and safety. Ocean sailing (weather conditions permitting). Shields 2 will help you prepare for the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification Class.

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Shields 3 with Spinnaker

Spinnaker Flying
Spinnaker Flying

If you have taken Shields 2 and feel comfortable performing all tasks aboard, you are ready for Shields 3 with Spinnaker. This course focuses on refining helm work and sail trimming skills, but most importantly this class introduces the spinnaker on the Shields. You’ll learn about spinnaker types and the intricacies of preparing, setting, trimming, gybing and dropping a spinnaker. You will learn how to pack the spinnaker, set up the boat, rig the spinnaker pole and at the end of class you will have the skills you need to fl y the spinnaker safely in moderate conditions.

  • Prerequisite
    • Shields 2 or equivalent experience
  • Book
    • Basic Keelboat
    • Spinnaker handout
  • Successful completion prepares you for:

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US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification Class

Blended Learning – Online & Instructor-led on-the-water skill sessions

For students who have completed Shields 2 and are ready to pursue the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification. This course is a blended learning course and upon registration you will receive access to the US Sailing online Basic Keelboat program. Learn and be tested on introductory sailing topics at your own pace before coming to class to practice the skills you learned online.

This blended-learning course will give you more time on the water than a traditional sailing course as you will complete the vast majority of the classroom time on your own. Each sailing session will begin with a brief review of the online material, and then you will get to spend the rest of the time sailing and perfecting those skills on the water.

Course topics for this extensive sailing course include tacking, jibing, crew coordination, navigation rules, basic chart reading, sail theory, docking, anchoring, reefing, heaving to, and crew overboard recovery.

Your active participation at home, in the classroom and on the water is essential for success. A passing grade on both the written and the practical test is required for certification. Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive your US SAILING Basic Keelboat Certification and be ready to move on to Basic Cruising 1.

  • Prerequisite
    • Shields 2 or equivalent experience
  • Book
    • Basic Keelboat
  • Successful completion prepares you for:
    • US Sailing Basic Cruising Certification 

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J/105 – Level 1

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J/105 – Becky

The exciting J/105 is one of the most popular high performance keelboats in America today, with more than 700 boats sailing.  This 35-foot “mostly race boat” is very responsive and fun to sail.  The J/105 features include a big cockpit, retractable bowsprit, and big asymmetric spinnaker.

This class will introduce you to the J/105 and the features of a one-design sportboat including the retractable bowsprit, asymmetrical spinnaker and hydraulic backstay.  After a brief review of sail theory, reefing and crew overboard recovery procedures class will move on to roller furling operation, engine check and controls before going sailing. While sailing the J/105 you will experience all aspects of the boat from steering to trimming sails to deploying the bowsprit, setting and dousing the asymmetrical spinnaker and of course hiking!  Other topics include crew positions and basic spinnaker trim, steering  to the tell tales, packing the asymmetrical spinnaker and much more. 

  • Prerequisite
    • Swimming ability; Shields 1 or equivalent experience
  • Book
    • Performance Sailing Handouts
  • Successful completion prepares you for:
    • J/105 – Level 2

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J/105 – Level 2

For graduates of the J/105 Level 1 class this class will improve your J/105 boat handling skills, understanding of sail trim and ability to handle the asymmetrical spinnaker.  Class will focus on refining helm work, setting, gybing and various techniques for dousing the asymmetrical spinnaker , proper management of the retractable bowsprit, advanced sail trim including powering up and depowering the sail plan, trimming techniques, upwind boat handling and crew organization.  Broaching avoidance and recovery will also be covered.

  • Prerequisite
    • J/105 Level 1, or equivalent experience
  • Book
    • Performance Sailing Handouts

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J/105 Summer Sundowner Racing

Join us for Monday night racing on OCC’s J/105, Becky. One of the most popular high performance keelboats, the J/105 is very responsive and fun to sail. Monday night racing action in Newport Harbor (non-spinnaker), sponsored by American Legion Yacht Club, is competitive but fun! Whether you are a seasoned racer or just want to get a taste of the action, you’ll participate in every aspect of getting Becky to the starting line, driving, trimming and making tactical decisions. Min 3 / Max 5 students.

  • Prerequisite
    • J/105 Level 1, or equivalent experience
  • Book
    • Notice of Race, Racing Rules of Sailing

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Private Lessons

Private lessons are available with a certified instructor for all skill levels. A private lesson is a one-on-one experience that works well as a confidence builder, as an introduction to sailing, or to allow focus on improving specific skills, or to make up a missed class. A private lesson with an OCC instructor will take your ability to the next level with individual learning and feedback.

Private lessons are typically taught in 3-hour sessions (except for powerboat instruction), scheduled at a time that is convenient for you, and based on instructor availability.

Rates are based on a 1:1 ratio. A fee applies for additional students.

Member’s receive a 10% discount on published rates.

BOAT 3-HR RATE ADDITIONAL STUDENT(S) ADDITIONAL HOUR
Lido 14 or Harbor 20 $195 $25 $50
Shields $225 $25 $65
Catalina 42* $395   $130
Twin-screw Power $175/hr $25  
Whaler $95/hr $25  

*Catalina 42: Minimum 2-students, completion of Basic Cruising 1 or equivalent experience. For students with less experience, or for less than 2-students a fee will be charged to add additional crew.

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