Sailing…The Family Sport
Learn to Sail Programs are Closer than You Think
Quality family time is hard to find in our busy lives. Sailing offers your family a chance to slow down and enjoy the great outdoors, while also providing a great family team building experience. You do not have to travel to the Gulf coast to learn to sail. Just a short drive from Birmingham will lead you to one of the best sailing clubs in the Southeast
The Birmingham Sailing Club provides Learn to Sail programs for every member of your family. The club was incorporated in 1963 and currently has over 150 members who sail and race a variety of boats including Thistles, J-22’s, Snipes, Flying Scots, and Optimists. The club is located near the dam on Logan Martin Lake, a quick 30-45 minute drive from the Birmingham area. The facility provides an excellent sailing venue as well as a casual family atmosphere.
The Adult Learn to Sail classes are designed to assist people who have never sailed but would like to try it, and for those who sailed many years ago, but have forgotten the difference between port and starboard. The course is offered to adults ages 15 years and older. The class consists of 3 or 4 two hour evening classroom sessions held in Birmingham where you learn about boating terminology and how boats work, and 2 on the water sessions at the club where you actually get to go out to set the sails and drive the boat with an experienced skipper. The course is organized and taught by sailing instructors who are certified with US Sailing, the national organizing body for the sport of sailing in the United States. US Sailing writes the rules; trains the instructors, race officers, and judges; and put together the US Olympic and Paralympic teams. The skippers who take you out on their boats are all club members and experienced sailors. The course is generally offered two times a year (in the Spring and Fall).
Youth sailing opportunities are provided through the Birmingham Sailing Club Junior Program. The program aims to teach the art of sailing to kids ages 7-18. As the juniors improve their sailing skills, they are introduced to the sport of sailboat racing. The junior sailors learn on the club-owned fleet of Optimist Prams, Lasers and Club 420’s. The only prerequisite to the Junior Sailing Program is that the participants must be able to swim 25 yards unassisted. The Junior Sailing Program consists of a 3-day residential camp during early June. Following camp, monthly sailing sessions are held to practice the skills learned at camp. Junior sailors interested in sailboat racing can participate in local, regional and national regattas, most of which have special fleets for beginning racers. The Birmingham Sailing Club hosts a junior sailing regatta every Labor Day weekend. Last year 44 junior sailors raced on Logan Martin Lake.
Learn how to sail fast and live slow at the Birmingham Sailing Club. For more information, go to http://www.birminghamsailingclub.org/