Sailing Education
LSC Classes, Sailing Schools and Education Resources on the Web
LSC Programs
Crewing
Sailboat Racing
Sailing Schools
Limited to sailing schools that LSC members have attended and felt were very worthwhile.
Michigan State University Sailing Center
Located on Lake Lansing, the MSU Sailing Center offers memberships as well as sailing classes. They have an excellent "learn to sail" program using MSU sailboats.
JWorld
JWorld received the highest rating in a recent survey of sailing schools. They have bases in Annapolis, Key West and San Diego. Learn to sail, racing and cruising courses are all available.
Colgate Offshore Sailing School
A highly rated sailing school with headquarters on Captiva Island, Florida -- but offering classes at many sites. Learn to sail and racing courses are taught on 26' Colgate Sailboats. They also offer a range of cruising courses. Some courses are for women only.
Kolius Sailing Schools
America's Cup Skipper John Kolius offers a high quality sailing school centered in Houston, Texas. Emphasis is on Laser and Vanguard racing.
Rick White's Sailing Seminars
Excellent sailing seminars at Rick's base in Key Largo and other locations.

Certifications

Sailing - Level 1
This certification is necessary before obtaining certification for the use of a Club owned Sunfish in light winds (up to about 8 mph).

Sailing - Level 2
This certification is necessary before obtaining certification for the use of a Club owned Sunfish, Laser
or Lightning in winds up to a "gentle breeze" (up to about 12 mph).

Sunfish Sailing
This certification is necessary to sail a Club Sunfish.

Laser Sailing
This certification is necessary to sail a Club Laser.

Lightning Sailing
This certification is necessary to sail a Club Lightning.

 

Racing Basics
A book on the basics of racing that you can read online. You can also order a printed version.

Crewing on a Lightning
A collection of articles about sailing and crewing a Lightning

Winning on Lakes - By Mark Spicknall
This outstanding presentation, made to the Lansing Sailing Club by Mark Spicknall in 2001, prioritizes the variables in Lake racing - and explains each variable. This Presentation is in PDF format.

Telling Tales
Information from WB-Sails (Helsinki, Finland) on using telltales for sail trim and steering. Includes suggestions for material to use and where to locate telltales.

Racing Tips from Jim Allen
By Susanna Tellschow   February 2005
A summary of tips from Jim Allen's presentation to a joint meeting of the MSU Sailing Club and the Lansing Sailing Club.

Kleiman Shares Gems from Colgate - North U
An Interview with Terry Kleiman By Pat Dolan   May 2001
Terry Kleiman shares some of what he learned at the Colgate North U class he attended.

A Week at JWorld
By Pat Dolan   May 2001
Pat debriefs his week of advanced racing class at JWorld in Key West.

Crew Overboard Recovery Draft
By Pat Dolan   December 2005
Initial draft of proposed info on crew overboard recovery.