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Foundation Courses ("Mini-Courses")

SEAS Monmouth offers a series of Foundation Courses, also known as "Mini-Courses", covering a range of specific topics. These courses are 2.5-hour, single-session classes covering specific sailing and sailing-related topics, as listed below. They are usually held in the evenings, on the particular boats required for the course. Please refer to the Classes and Training calendar for specific dates and contact information if the course has been scheduled (not all courses are given each season). Since the classes may be cancelled, or not scheduled at all, if there is not enough advanced demand, it is a good idea to check with the instructor for the latest status.

Potential Mini-Courses

  • Anchoring
  • Docking and Maneuvering
  • Outboard Engines (Small and Smaller)
  • Sail Selection and Trim
  • What Knot to Do While Sailing
  • Sail Reefing, and Heaving To
  • Spinnaker Sailing on SEAS Harpoon 5.2
  • Course: Anchoring
    Description: We'll review how to select your spot to anchor, taking into consideration water depth, tidal changes, potential wind changes, and nearby boats and other obstacles. Then we'll practice dropping and setting the anchor, followed by how to pick it up ("weigh anchor"). With no more than 3 students, everyone will get a chance to work the foredeck and to be at the helm during these procedures.
    Time/Date: See Classes and Training calendar for dates and times (if it has been scheduled)
    Keelboat: "Rhodes Less Traveled" (22' Rhodes)
    Class Size: Limited to 3 students (SEAS members only); cost: $25.
    Instructor: Graham Blundell (graham.blundell@gmail.com)
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    Course: Docking and Maneuvering
    Description: Teaches techniques for maneuvering sailboats under power (inboard or outboard engines, no sails) for the purpose of docking, and entering or leaving a slip. Since this is a hands-on class taught in the boats, students will have ample opportunity to practice these techniques.
    Time/Date: See Classes and Training calendar for dates and times (if it has been scheduled)
    Keelboat: "SEAS-the-Day II" (28' O'Day) and "Rhodes Less Traveled" (22' Rhodes); see dates in Classes and Training calendar for specific boat.
    Class Size: Limited to 4 students (SEAS members only); cost: $25.
    Instructor: Bob Sandberg (sandberg00@gmail.com)
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    Course: Outboard Engines (Small and Smaller)
    Description: The course covers: 1) Engine starting problems, 2) Engine failure, 3) "Rhodes-Less-Traveled" electrical and alternator check, 4) Daysailer outboard engines 5) Handout
    Time/Date: See Classes and Training calendar for dates and times (if it has been scheduled)
    Keelboat: "Rhodes Less Traveled" (22' Rhodes); the class will begin at the Rhodes and then proceed to the daysailers at Marina Bay marina.
    Class Size: Limited to 5 students (SEAS members only); cost: $25.
    Instructor: Greg White (whitegreg@att.net)
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    Course: Sail Selection and Trim
    Description: This course will cover the adjustments of sails to obtain their maximum speed and performance under various wind-speed and point-of-sail conditions. It will also cover sail selection and the reefing of sails.
    Time/Date: See Classes and Training calendar for dates and times (if it has been scheduled)
    Keelboat: "SEAS-the-Day II" (O'Day)
    Class Size: Limited to 3 students (SEAS members only); cost: $25.
    Instructor: Uri Goldinger (urigoldinger@netscape.net)
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    Course: What Knot to Do While Sailing
    Description: Practicing knots at home or in a classroom is a vital part of learning to be a competent sailor. We'll take that practice to the next level and show real life situations on a boat when you would need to use these knots. So even if you've practiced at home, this class will make the theory come alive!
    Time/Date: See Classes and Training calendar for dates and times (if it has been scheduled)
    Keelboat: "SEAS-the-Day II" (O'Day)
    Class Size: Limited to 6 students (SEAS members only); cost: $25.
    Instructor: Graham Blundell (graham.blundell@gmail.com)
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    Course: Sail Reefing, and Heaving To
    Description: In this class we will cover two different topics, both related to sail handling. First we will review the techniques for reefing the sails - when and how. Then we will experiment with the sail trim you can use to "heave to" - a technique that keeps the boat almost at a standstill on a set heading while you eat lunch, wait out a storm, or do something that involves leaving the helm unattended for a few minutes.
    Time/Date: See Classes and Training calendar for dates and times (if it has been scheduled)
    Keelboat: "SEAS-the-Day II" (O'Day)
    Class Size: Limited to 3 students (SEAS members only); cost: $25.
    Instructor: Graham Blundell (graham.blundell@gmail.com)
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    Course: Spinnaker Sailing on SEAS Harpoon 5.2
    Description: In this class we'll explain basic knowledge (when to use a spinnaker, the rigging, terminology, preparation), describe the procedures to hoist it and lower it, explain how to trim a spinnaker, and how to stay safe while the spinnaker is up. Includes self-study handout, 2 on-water sessions of 2-3 hours each, and a written test. With 2 students per on-water session, each will get a chance to work the foredeck and to be at the helm during these procedures.
    Time/Date: See Classes and Training calendar for dates and times (if it has been scheduled)
    Keelboat: Harpoon 5.2
    Class Size: Limited to 2 students (SEAS members only); cost: $50.
    Instructor: Greg White (whitegreg@att.net), Matthew Montanari (montanamcs@hotmail.com), Jerry Grennan (jerry_g43@hotmail.com).
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