Adult Intro to FJs Course

Please add a note to your calendar to check back here in mid-February. We typically have all the full season of lessons posted and available for registration by then.

Please note that we have sold out to capacity over the last several years and suspect 2022 will be the same. Best to secure your registration early in the year. 

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(Active/Paid Membership with DC Sail is required in order to register for the Intro to FJs Course. Membership information can be found by clicking here. Once your Membership is activated, you'll have access to register for this course.)

The Intro to FJs Lessons will run once a month (weekend - Saturday/Sunday) in June, July and August 2022.

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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
  • SAIL FAST!

Prerequisites: We assume that you have passed our learn-to-sail course on the Flying Scot or have equivalent experience. This course is not appropriate for new sailors as the boats are quite different than the Flying Scots - they are tricky to rig up and are extremely capsizable. If you have completed our Adult Beginner Learn to Sail Course, we recommend at least two months time after completing the beginner course before attempting the more demanding Flying Junior Course.

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 at least two 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, Executive Director.


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