Thomas M. Rivers, D.A.
USI Sailing School
WELCOME TO USI'S SAILING SCHOOL
When: Saturday-Sunday, May 17-18, June 7-8 and October 4-5, 2014
Where: Lighthouse Landing, Grand Rivers, Kentucky
General Information: Your first time out on a sailboat will be more fun if you know some basics.
Before you go:
Sailing is easy. You do not have to be strong or possess special skills; the
speed with which you learn depends on your attitude. The most important
assets are enthusiasm and curiosity- do not be afraid to ask questions.
1. Wear sneakers or nonskid shoes with soft soles- deck shoes are the best. No
black sole shoes.
2. Protect yourself against the sun's powerful rays; they are intensified as they reflect off the water and sail. In warm weather, dress in light clothing, wear a good pair of sunglasses and a sun hat or visor.
3. Bring foul weather gear- rain-gear, warm wool sweater, an extra pair of socks and shoes.
4. Bring a pair of gloves - heaving lines will wear on the hands.
5. If you are prone to motion sickness, it is a good idea to plan to take some medication to prevent seasickness.
6. Carry all gear in soft, weatherproof duffel-type bag. There is no place for rigid luggage aboard a sailboat.
7. The large crafts will be equipped with life jackets. If you have your own personal life jacket, bring it. If you are not a good swimmer you may choose to wear a life jacket while sailing.
8. A text book is not required but is recommended. Any sailing text would be better than none. Most large bookstores carry sailing and boating text.