March Sail Training Report

Hi Sailors,

I attended some great sessions at the symposium and learned, an overwhelming amount of information, but these three things caught my attention:

  • Have students get physically involved in the rules. Example, raise your hand when you enter the zone, cross the line, have the right of way.
  • Practice starts 60% – 70% of the time during a lesson/practice, make the line short, do short beats, start downwind.
  • Always observe the “Correct” way to do things on videos, pictures, etc.

Then on Friday Feb. 17th in the afternoon, everybody got on buses at the Sheraton and came to our club. I heard people saying, “This is a great facility”, “Is it always this sunny?”, and “Thank you – Coleman”. Everybody had a great time, love our club and please check out the video on AYC’s Facebook page to see all the fun.

What’s coming up:  


April 1st is John Bartlett’s “Spinnaker Clinic” in the clubhouse. He’ll have models, fans, and opportunities to give you his feedback while flying a spinnaker from the dock. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get coaching from a really good sailor.  Registration forms are put on the website, so please check it regularly.

April 22nd is Scott Young’s “Start Clinic” in the clubhouse. He will start with Chalk Talk, provide time for questions and then actually get on your boat and coach you through a start. We’ll have a start line set up and go through as many times as it takes for Scott to help you and your crew. This is a wonderful opportunity to get hands on learning and coaching time from a really good sailor.

April 29th is Bill Record’s “Learn to Sail” clinic for beginners and intermediate sailors.

Please bring sunscreen, a reusable water bottle, hat & sunglasses to each clinic. Close toed water shoes/sandals or boat shoes and a sun protection shirt (rash guard or similar) are strongly recommended. Register online at | non-members bring payment to clinic. Contact AYC Sailing Director Coleman Terrell at (512)266-1336 or AYC Sail Training Commander Carolyn Wilsford at (512) 266-1220.

It’s going to be another great month. Oh, I almost forgot Govenor’s Cup April 8 & 9, Easter Laser Regatta April 15 & 16 and Beer Can Races start April 21st.

Last!!!  I will be needing some volunteers for Women’s clinic’s coming up May 6 and specifically I need men who wouldn’t mind setting up a line, figure eight course maybe, triangle course, some skill course that we have decided to practice on. I promise and agenda and yes, you will get lunch and please join us for cocktails too. Thank you so much!!!

Send me an email at

See you on the water!!!!

Carolyn Wilsford

Sail Training Commander