One of the hallmarks of CBI's sailing programs is "member teaching member" and informal instruction. Most of our classes in the adult program are taught by other members who volunteer. Many of our volunteer instructors initially learned to sail at CBI, some of them many years ago. All of them bring a wide range of experience and most importantly a love and passion for the sport of sailing. In addition to our volunteers who teach scheduled classes, CBI relies on our members to take out new sailors for informal instruction. This is a great way to learn - more like the playground than the classroom. I recommend it highly.
Starting in 2013, we have added a new layer to our cake.With the goal of providing the best possible instruction in our advanced sailboats (Lasers, 420s, Sonars, Rhodes 19s, and Windsurfers) we are pleased to offer more comprehensive courses which will meet over 3 two and a half hour class sessions. The courses will be taught by highly experienced instructors and will have a fee of $25. I think these courses will be a great addition to CBI and help to advance your skills..
I am also excited to announce that CBI is launching the new "Harbor Navigation and Seamanship" course built on the model we have used in the Junior Program for the past two years. Steve Porco, who many of you know from his work in our maintenance department, will be teaching the new Harbor Trip Course. There will be three class sessions where you'll gain essential skills and knowledge, and then sail on an actual Harbor Trip. Steve will escort his class on Rhodes 19s through the locks, and out to one of the harbor islands, and then back to CBI at the end of the day. If you've got the bug to sail to horizons farther away this is the way to get started.