2020 Adult Sailing Courses

*Planning is in the works! Dates and more information will be released Dec. 1, 2019

The GRSA Sail Programs team will host Adult Learn to Sail weekends throughout 2019! No experience needed! This two day course will teach the foundation of sailing skills: parts of the boat, points of sail, tacking/jibing, sail trim, knots, helmsmanship, and rules of the road. The weekend is hands on with more time spend on the water learning and practicing the skills, than in the classroom. Classes are filled based on a first served basis and each course is limited to 12 students. Boats (Flying Scots) will be provided. Requirements include the ability to swim, a well fitting Type III PFD (life jacket) and closed toe shoes. Instruction will be provided by US Sailing certified instructors. 

The sessions will run from 8:30am to 4:00pm Saturday and Sunday. Please bring an adventurous spirit, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, towel, a water bottle and sailing attire for 2 full days of fun on and in the water. The course will be conducted at GRSA (4301 Woolrdige Rd, Midlothian, VA, 23120) with classroom instruction in the main pavilion and on the water. 

Cost per session is $175. Includes a personal copy of US Sailing's Learn Sailing Right, a completed Certification Record Book through US Sailing, course t-shirt, use of GRSA owned boats, and two full days of instruction! For questions about registration, contact Noel Losen, losenn@chesterfield.gov, or call 804-748-1129.  For questions about the course, email sailprograms@grsa.org or check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information. 

Select your session from the descriptions below by clicking on the course number, and then register using the Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation website REGI system. You can see all courses listed on their webpage here

Please read over the Course handbook here and fill out the Risk Form and Application*Bring completed forms to class on the first morning and turn in to your instructor!

Beginner Courses: 

Intermediate Course: 

This class is designed for students who have completed the Basic Adult Class at GRSA within the last year. The class will continue to develop sailing skills focusing on more advanced sailing theories, sail trim/controls, and building confidence on the tiller. The course will continue to be taught on our fleet of Flying Scots and will again be limited to 12 students. Cost is $175.

Cancellation Policy:We require two weeks notice for cancellations for a full refund. Any cancellations made within two weeks of the selected course will not be issued a refund. 

Meet The Instructor

  Bill Kitchens
Hometown: Beaverdam, VA
College: Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth University
Sailing Stats: Sailing since the early 70's. Racing Thistles long enough that I should be better at it.
Hobbies: Running, Kayaking, Backpacking, Travel

Want to see our classes in action? Check out photos from our previous classes here!

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