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Advanced Sailing

Olympic Laser Courses

If you're an experienced sailor (kid or adult) who wants to get into single class sailing, chances are you'll get the right challenge via Shoreline's Olympic Class Laser Sailing Courses.

These 3-hour per day, 2-day courses (Level I Youth and Level II Adult) introduce the Olympic class laser – a single handed planing hull with simple controls for advanced technique.

Topics include: Sail Trim, Heel Control, Beach Landings, Aerodynamics, Sail-Shape Controls, Capsize Self-Rescue, and Dry Capsizing. Students will receive hands-on feedback and work towards earning a US Sailing Certification.

There are 2 slots open for each course – the focus being on semi-private instruction: In this case, while these smaller boats do accommodate 2 sailors, an individual slot can be assigned to 1 adult (age 14+) or 2 youths (ages 11-13).

Besides flexibility in scheduling the two consecutive days during the week chosen, a Light Wind or Heavy Wind option is also available for each course. The Light Wind option runs from 10:00-1:00, with the Heavy Wind option running from 1:30-4:30. Successful completion of the Light Wind option allows you to rent from Shoreline's Laser fleet.

Laser Level I Youth: $225

Laser Level II Adult: $285

Prerequisites: For both of the Laser Courses, all participants must be qualified to rent (i.e., have a Capri rental card), and registration is limited to advanced sailors.


Level III Advanced Sailing

Challenge yourself by completing the magic triangle of you, the boat, and the wind!

Appropriate for ages 14 and up, this course offers something for everyone wanting to become a proficient sailor – whether junior sailor, relaxed weekend racer intent on having fun, or the competitive Olympic hopeful.

All necessary equipment (and a textbook, if applicable) is included. Along with learning to finely tune your sails for optimal harnessing of the wind, highlights include an introduction to racing encompassing race starts, mark roundings, understanding of rules, tactics, and rewards. In addition to diving into sail theory, advanced topics may also include advanced boat handling, sailing patterns without a rudder, and sailing backwards…in control.

Upon completion students will be ready to join our Capri racing fleet for evening and weekend racing.

You’ll learn the following skills:

  • • One design racing – Fleet/team/match racing
  • • Scoring System, Advanced Right of Way Rules
  • • Helm, Pointing vs. Power, Heel Priority
  • • The Starting Sequence – Starting Goals, What to Do During Sequence
  • • Types of approaches – Safety position, Starting Sequence
  • • Sailing the Course – Practice Starts, Proper Course, Mark Rounding, Upwind Leg
  • • Strategy vs. Tactics, Penalty Turns, and more…

Prerequisites: Students should possess at least intermediate level sailing skills (Level II) and be prepared to take notes during the class.

What To Bring for all Advanced Sailing Courses

Along with a notebook for writing down notes, students should bring sailing gloves, comfortable clothes, a jacket or fleece, a towel and change of clothes, lots of sun protection, a lanyard to secure their glasses around their heads, a bottle of water, and non-skid/non-marking shoes (tennis shoes, dock shoes, or Teva sandals work great).

Important: Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your class to check in.

Session Times Price
Sailing: Level III 1 day class 1:30pm-5:30pm Saturdays $120
  • Spring 2017
  • Feb 18
  • March 18
  • April 15
  • May 20
  • Summer 2017
  • June 17
  • July 15
  • August 19
  • Fall 2017
  • October 21
  • November 18


Directions to Our Facility

Want to purchase as a gift? Or, to have a pre-paid option available? Shoreline offers gift cards that can be used any time. Just contact the Boathouse (at or 650.965.7474), and we’ll get you set up.