SAILING (HFS 076P)
I. Course Objectives:
To assist the student in the acquisition of knowledge and understanding
related to sailing.
To assist the student with the acquisition and development of sailing skills.
To develop an appreciation for and compliance with boating safety rules.
To assist in the develpment of a lifelong leisure activity that will provide mental, physical, and social benefits.
II. Required Reading:
Martin, Thomas P. Sailing is a Breeze: Learning to Sail a Laser,
Sunfish, or Other Small Boat. Boston: American Press, 2006.
Purchase this book from the bookstore or directly from the publisher at
"Start Sailing Right" instructional videos may be viewed in the library.
The US Sailing web site at
http://www.ussailing.org - Getting Started -
Online Education - Small Boat Course - has helpful information and videos
on learning to sail. Also, your instructor has DVDs specific to Laser sailing that you may borrow.
The student must fulfill the following requirements to pass the course:
Exercises and review questions (homework) - must be completed and turned in on specified
days - if homework is not submitted, student will not be able to participate that day
and will receive a class absence.
Comprehensive final examination on safety rules, sailing terminology,
and technique - must be passed at the 80th percentile level or higher
to pass the course.
Completely and correctly rig a sailboat using proper knots
Successfully launch, sail a designated triangular course, and land a
sailboat within a time limit based on size of the trianglular course
and wind conditions
By HFS Department Policy, more than three (3) hours of absence in an
activity course will result in an NC grade for the course or W when
dropped by the university designated deadline. Each sailing class
meets for more than 3 hours, therefore, missing more than one class
will result in a failure of this course. Any absence related to
illness, death, interview, field trip, etc. should be cleared with
the instructor and WILL BE counted as your maximum of one absence
for the course.
V. Honor Statement:
"I affirm that my behavior during the final examination for this course
will uphold the highest standards of honesty and academic integrity at
Wittenberg, and that I will neither give nor receive any unauthorized
Thomas P. Martin, Ph.D., FACSM
Office Hours: By Appointment
Office Phone: 327-6470
Web Page: http://www.wittenberg.edu/~tmartin
VIII. Resources and References (including internet links)
It will be necessary to pass a swimming test in order to remain in the
$40 sailing fee, billed directly.
On sailing days, the van will leave promptly at 2:10 PM.
Everyone must wear their life jackets when on or near the water.
Recommended sailing clothes include, swimsuit, rugged shorts or 60/40 pants,
and footwear (e.g. water shoes, sandals, sneakers, deck shoes). Additional outdoor
clothing will be necessary for cold, wet, and/or windy weather (see Clothing/Gear Checklist). Be
prepared to get wet! Bring a towel and a change of clothes.
You will be asked to sign a liability release form at the beginning of
Boat Owner’s Association of the United States (BoatU.S.) 880 S.
Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304, 703-823-9550 http://www.boatus.com
National Safe Boating Council, Inc. P.O.Box 1058, Delaware, OH
43015, 740-666-3009. http://www.safeboatingcouncil.org
U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters Boating Safety 2100 Second St. S.W.,
Washington DC 20593, 202-267-1077. Infoline: 1-800-368-5647.
Boating links: http://www.uscgboating.org
American Sail Training Association P.O. Box 1459, Newport, RI
22042, 703-206-7180. http://www.tallships.sailtraining.org
American Sailing Association 13922 Marquesas Way, Marina del Rey,
CA 90292, 310-822-7171. http://www.american-sailing.com
International Sailing Federation Ariadne House, Town Quay, Southampton,
Hampshire SO14 2AQ, United Kingdom, +44 1703 635111. http://www.sailing.org
National Sailing Industry Association 200 E. Randolph Dr. Suite
5100, Chicago, IL 60601-6528, 312-946-6200. Sailing Hotline
– 1-800-535-7245. http://www.discoversailing.com
United States Sailing Association P.O. Box 1260, 15 Maritime Dr.,
Portsmouth, RI 02871, 401-683-0800. http://www.ussailing.org
“At One with the Wind,” executive producer, David Hill; director, Phil
Hewitt; Richmond Hill, Ont.; a production of Sepia Arts; licensed and distributed
by BFS Video, 1987. The Royal Yachting Association (Great Britain)
beginner’s sailboat training video.
“Learn to Sail,” Bennett Marine Video, Selluloid Video presents a Sailing
production in association with Offshore Sailing School Ltd.; Marine del
Rey, CA, 1983. A comprehensive, easy to follow sailing course for
beginning and intermediate students, taught by Steve Colgate.
“Michelob Sailing,” a complete introduction to sailing with Gary Jobson,
St.Louis, MO, Busch Creative Services Corporation, 1986.
“Sailing Fundamentals: The Official Learning to Sail Video of the American
Sailing Association with Peter Isler,” One hour video in four parts
to compliment the text Sailing Fundamentals by Gary Jobson, 1985; American
Sailing Association, 13922 Marquesas Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292.
“Start Sailing Right Videos,” 3 videos to accompany the book Start Sailing
Right by U.S. Sailing & the American Red Cross; copyright Emmett McNamara,
1991; United States Sailing Association P.O. Box 1260, 15 Maritime
Dr., Portsmouth, RI 02871.