Intro to FJs

DC Sail Programming and 2021 COVID-19 Protocols

DC Sail is dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of our members, students and their families. With the guidance of US Sailing, CDC, and local governmental health entities, we have developed strong sanitation and procedural protocols as we resume our operations.

Please click here to launch a .pdf covering our COVID-19 programming and operations protocols. 

For those looking to cross over to sailing in our Flying Junior fleet, DC Sail offers an Intro to FJs course. This two day class takes place on Saturday & Sunday over a single weekend. We only host the course once a month in June, July and August. 

This course will teach you the basics of small boat handling on our fleet of Flying Juniors (FJ) which are two-person Olympic racing boats. You will learn how to properly rig and de-rig the boats, the theories behind boat balance & how to achieve proper sail trim. You will also be introduced to the basics of racing.

Registration to this course includes a few complimentary sessions in our Race Series with completion of the course. Participating in our racing program will allow you to get the practice needed to gain experience of FJ sailing. (Paid registration is required after your complimentary sessions to continue with the Race Series.)

Upon completion of the course, you should be able to:

  • Rent an FJ with one crew
  • Confidently navigate an FJ through all of the points of sail
  • Sail around a racing course
  • Demonstrate proper body position within the boat

Prerequisites: We assume that you have passed our learn-to-sail course on the Flying Scot or have equivalent experience. See the curriculum overview of our learn-to-sail course to judge your skill level, or contact us if you have any questions. If you have not sailed for a while consider taking our refresher course first. We also assume that if you sign up for this course that you can swim 100 yards in clothes and tread water for 2 minutes.

Registration: Please select the session you wish to attend by clicking on the link below in the red box and then proceed with registration. Full payment by a credit card is required at the time of registration. Unpaid registrations will be cancelled by the system automatically after 15 minutes. Please be sure to have your payment information available at the time of online registration.

Intro to FJ Course

For more information, please contact Traci Mead, Acting Executive Director.

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