FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

 

I just registered for a weekend session, what should I expect?
What do I really need to bring?
Do I need to buy a manual or study before the course?

I want to buy a wetsuit, is there one type that is good for sailing?
I know I want to get into sailing, what kind of gear should I buy?
I don’t want to buy any gear, what should I bring for sailing lessons?
I forgot my lunch… where can I get food around here?
I know sailing is the sport for me, how do I buy my own boat?
Where do I find boats for sale?
Now I have a boat, where can I keep it?

I just registered for a weekend session, what should I expect?

Our weekend sessions are fun-filled courses packed with some sailing classes, and on the water practice time. Here is an estimate on our White Sail Level 1 course:
Saturday

  • On-land sailing classes
  • Rig the sailboats
  • On the water practice session (time dependant)
  • Lunch
  • Turning the boat – tacking & gibing (hands on class)
  • On the water practice – exercises
  • De-rig the boats
  • Debrief

Sunday

  • Rig the boats
  • Review any questions that may have come up overnight
  • On the water session
  • Lunch
  • On the water session
  • Cruise (weather & skill dependant)
  • De-rig the boats
  • Debrief/Survey/Hand out certificates

White sail 2 follows a similar format, with appropriate on-land classes on Saturday morning. If all the level 2 students are finished their on-land classes we arrange a Saturday morning sail.

What do I really need to bring?

It’s critical that you bring a change of clothes that can get wet, a dry change of clothes, a PFD, a hat, sunscreen, and a lunch.


Do I need to buy a manual or study before the course?

The more you’ve read about sailing the better your experience will be. We recommend “Basic Sailing Skills” by Sven Donaldson. One of the best dinghy sailing books out there is “Go Sail with Live-Action DVD Coaching” by Steve Sleight. It gives you an overview from beginner to advance and is focused on dinghy sailing. If you have a lot of time on your hands “Sailing for Dummies” is also a good read.


I want to buy a wetsuit, is there one type that is good for sailing?

A wetsuit is a good investment, especially if you are involved with other water sports. The best kind to get for sailing purposes is a “shorty” which has short sleeves and is cutoff just above the knee. This will provide more than enough warmth to any summer sailor. Each May Costco brings in shorties at a great price.


I know I want to get into sailing, what kind of gear should I buy?

Before considering what type of “gear” you’ll need to be a sailor, decide if you want to sail in the colder seasons like spring and fall. If you just want to sail during the summer you likely won’t need as much equipment (clothing). For all sailors I suggest a pair of wetsuit booties (soft-soled shoes), a pair of gloves, a good PFD that doesn’t have a collar or doesn’t extend too far down the torso (sailing or paddling PFD), a set of wet weather gear for rainy days (dosen’t have to be expensive), a favorite sailing hat & a dry bag to bring along snacks (definitely optional).


I don’t want to buy any gear, what should I bring for sailing lessons?

You should bring a set of sailing clothes that can get wet. Depending on the weather I would suggest the following:
Sunny day – shorts, t-shirt or tank top, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, old running shoes (no hard-soled shoes), PFD
Cloudy/Rainy/Windy day – rain jacket and rain pants, hat, soft-soled shoes, PFD, sunscreen (you can get a nasty sunburn on a cloudy day), possibly thin gloves, light toque if it’s windy.
Cold day – LAYERS! A base layer, mid layer and outer layer to repel the weather, wetsuit, wetsuit booties if possible, toque, gloves, PFD, sunscreen

I forgot my lunch… where can I get food around here?

At Wabamun Sailing Club: Lakeside diner (in the town of Wabamun ) for hot food (quickest & easiest), it’s attached to a grocery store as well.
At Edmonton Yacht Club: Near RV Camping ground there is a little diner. It’s great for cold weather food. There is also a grocery store in the Village of Seba Beach.

I know sailing is the sport for me, how do I buy my own boat?

It’s always best to buy a used boat first. There are so many types of boats out there that you want to be able to sell it if it’s not the best fit for you. Ask your instructor to give you some advice on what type of boat would be best for you. There are lots of used boats for sale during the summer time and most of them will sell for between $1000 - $4500 depending on if it comes with a trailer or not. Look for hull damage like stress fractures (spider cracks) by pushing on every square inch of the hull. Run your fingers under the gunwhale to see if the hull is separating. Inspect all the working parts and sails for rips & tears. Some tears can be irreparable so watch for tears by the bolt rope at the head of the sail.

Where do I find boats for sale?

The sailing clubs in the area & province usually have a buy and sell on their webpages. Check the Alberta Sailing Association and local boat dealers like Nautical Reach, Boatcraft or Glenmore Boats. Members of sailing clubs will post boats for sale on a bulletin board at the club, so a drive out might do you good.

Now I have a boat, where can I keep it?

If you aren’t blessed to have lakefront property to enjoy your new hobby, the best way to get good use out of your boat is to buy a membership at a local sailing/yacht club. Your boat will always be near to the water with all your equipment on site. Othewise, you will likely tire of transporting a boat & all its gear to and from public beaches quite quickly. Don’t underestimate the time it takes to step a mast if you’re just heading out for an afternoon sail. Membership offers many perks including the company of other sailors with loads of experience in fixing boats, sailing boats, and racing.

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