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  • GIVE THE GIFT OF SAILING

    SAILING INSTRUCTION, MEMBERSHIP, AND GEAR MAKE FINE GIFTS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON

    Whether you're looking for a gift for an experienced sailor or a total newcomer, the BSC has something for everyone on your list. 

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  • FROSTBITE RACING 2018-2019

    WRAP UPS AND VIDEO FROM THE SERIES

    Check out write ups of the day's racing and video highlights from the water. 

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  • UPCOMING COURSE - JANUARY 2019

    EARN YOUR CAPTAIN'S LICENSE AT BSC!

    This OUPV license qualifies the operator to carrying not more than 6 passengers on vessels up to 100 gross tons (GT). Typical employment opportunities include charter boats, sailboats, and excursion boats.

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  • UPCOMING COURSE - JANUARY + MARCH 2019

    ASA 105 COASTAL NAVIGATION

    This course presents all of the fundamental skills of navigation, with emphasis on techniques useful to cruising sailors. 6-Week classroom only course starting in January and March from 6-8pm.

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Our winter hours are Monday-Friday 10AM-5PM

Winter Racing Class

Suggested Gear List for Frostbite Racing

Items you will need to have for this winter are listed below. The three-layer systems is key! You want a good baselayer, a midlayer, and then an outer waterproof layer of your foul weather jacket and bibs.

  • Lifejackets are required any time we are on the water. We have some in stock for purchase if you do not have one, or you can use the orange ones provided with the boats (although they aren’t the most comfortable and having your own life jacket is a good investment).
  • Winter Hat
  • Gloves (two sets is a good idea). We have sailing gloves for purchase in the office.
  • Boots: Non-marking soles and something that is a bit larger than your normal size. You do not want a tight fitting boot, and remember you will be wearing thick socks.
  • Wool socks
  • Under layers: long underwear, fleece pants, heavier tech shirts (NO COTTON – Merino wool options are great)
  • A light weight jacket
  • A down vest is nice
  • Last are the outer waterproof layers: Foul weather sailing jacket (like the ones we have here in the office for sale), and bibs

Current students and members receive discounts on gear! Check out our Sailing Gear page for details on discounts.

Class Outlines

Lecture 1

Lecture 2

Lecture 3

Lecture 4

Lecture 5

Lecture 6

Understanding Spinnaker Trim

Event Quote

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Coastal Navigation - Class Materials

Coastal Navigation meets at The Riverboat on Tuesday evenings from 6 to about 8 pm. At the first class, we'll hand out the training chart, parallel rules, and dividers that you'll use for the homework each week, along with the textbook. At the third class, we'll hand out copies of the Eldridge Tide and Pilot Book that we'll use for tide and current problems both in class and in the homework.

We'll begin classes 2 through 6 by going over the homework from the previous week and reviewing the most important concepts and skills. So if you have to miss a class, you can download the Problem Set, read through the class slides and textbook, and be confident of catching up the next week.

CLASS 1: 3/6/2018

TOPICS

Levels of Navigation

Navigator's Responsibility

Navigator's Tools

Latitude and Longitude

The Compass Rose

Chart Symbols

Plotting a Course

Dead Reckoning

CLASS 1 MATERIALS

Problem Set 1 (pdf - year 2018)

Class 1 Slides (2MB pdf)

Suggested reading:  Coastal Navigation chapters 1, 2, 3, & 5

CLASS 2: 3/20/2018  (RESCHEDULED)

TOPICS

Lines of Position

Compass Bearing

Range

Depth Contour

Compass Correction

Aids to Navigation (Buoys & Lights)

Reliability of Fixes

Danger & Turning Bearings

CLASS 2 MATERIALS

Problem Set 2 (pdf - year 2018)

Class 2 Slides (57MB pdf)

Suggested reading:  Coastal Navigation chapters 4, 9, & 10 (pp 58-63).

CLASS 3: 3/27/2018   (RESCHEDULED)

TOPICS

Tidal Forces

Tide Tables

Height of Tide at any time

Rule of 12ths

Correcting for Leeway

Back Bearing

Running Fix

CLASS 3 MATERIALS

Problem Set 3 (pdf - year 2018)

Cuttyhunk Pond chart (jpg) to use in answering question 3

Class 3 Slides (1MB pdf)

Suggested reading:  Coastal Navigation chapters 6 & 12.

CLASS 4: 4/03/2018   (RESCHEDULED)

TOPICS 

Reversing Currents

Current Tables

Velocity of Current at any time

The Cape Cod Canal

Current Charts

Set and Drift

The Current Triangle

Solving Current Problems

 CLASS 4 MATERIALS

Problem Set 4 (pdf - year 2018)

Class 4 Slides (250KB pdf)

Suggested reading: Coastal Navigation chapters 7, 8, & Appendix pp 114-115.

Suggested reading:  Eldridge Tide and Pilot pp 44-45 (Cape Cod Canal regulations).

CLASS 5: 4/10/2018  (RESCHEDULED)

TOPICS 

Review of Current Problems

Woods Hole and Quicks Hole

Ranges and Bearings in Current

GPS:

Waypoints, Range & Bearing

Cross-track Error

Speed & Course Over Ground

CLASS 5 MATERIALS

Problem Set 5 (pdf - year 2018)

Answers Problem Set 5 (pdf - year 2018)

Class 5 Slides (31MB pdf)

CLASS 6: 4/17/2018   (RESCHEDULED)

TOPICS 

Navigating in Fog

Collision Avoidance

VHF Radio

AIS

Sources of Weather Information

Analysis of Weather Forecasts

Storms, Thunderstorms, and Squall Lines

The Sea Breeze

CLASS 6 MATERIALS 

 

SOME HELPFUL LINKS

Coast Guard Navigation Center

NOAA Office of Coast Survey

  • Home
  • Chart Number 1 download page
  • Coast Pilot download page

Tides

  • Tides Online

Automatic Identification System (AIS)

Weather

Students

Here you will find all of your course documents. If you have signed up for a course, your cooresponding course docs will have been emailed to you. 

Learn to Sail

LEARN TO SAILStudent Information Sheet

5-Week Format Outline

Weekend Format Outline

Vacation Week Format Outline

Cancellation & Rescheduling Policy

Student Membership Policies & Procedures

Advanced Course

ADVANCED

Student Information Sheet

5-Week Format Outline

Weekend Format Outline

Vacation Week Format Outline

Cancellation & Rescheduling Policy

Cruising Course 

CRUISING

Student Information Sheet & Outline

Cancellation & Rescheduling Policy

Recommended Clothing & Gear List

Coastal Passage Making

CPM

Student Information Sheet & Outline

Cancellation & Rescheduling Policy

Recommended Clothing & Gear List

Macros

COASTAL NAV

Macro Mid-Range Student Information Sheet

Macro Cruising Student Information Sheet

Macro Coastal Passage Making Student Information Sheet

Macro Racing Student Information Sheet

Macro Cancellation Policy

Student Membership Policies and Procedures

Racing

RACING3 Racing Cancellation & Rescheduling Policy

Other Courses

NIGHTSAILINGNight Sailing Outline 

Night Sailing Cancellation & Rescheduling Policy

Coastal Navigation Outline

Coastal Navigation - Class Materials

Coastal Navigation Cancellation & Rescheduling Policy

Elementary Navigation Outline

Refresher Outline

Refresher + Elementary Nav Cancellation & Rescheduling Policy

FREQUENTLY ASKED COURSE QUESTIONS

UPCOMING [b]EVENTS[/b]

CRUISING [b]GUIDE[/b]

  • An ongoing, collaborative project developed by Boston Sailing Center staff and members. The most comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date guide for sailors to the coast of Massachusetts.

    Boston Sailing Center Cruising Guide

FIND [b]SAILING PARTNERS[/b]

  • It's easy to find sailing partners at the Boston Sailing Center. As a member, student member, or student you have several options.

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