August 2nd Newsletter: Advanced Class Update

Our Advanced Class as usual was a big success, with Martin van Breems and George Kalan teaching.   We had time to practice so many drills, like 2 anchor anchoring, med mooring, anchoring under sail, backing into a slip, rigging heavy weather sails, and night sailing.  We even pulled apart a toilet, changed an impeller, replaced a Racor fuel filter and bled the fuel system.  

Martin (foreground then counterclockwise) Ty, Robert, Daken, Klaus, (both SSC members) George Kalan and Esteban, after completing backing in drills at Cuttyhunk.
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June 27th Newsletter: Racing Tonight, Summer Sailing, Weather or Not?

Racing starts today!

Our Thursday Evening racing series starts this evening at 6 pm!   See below for more information.  We urge members and everyone to check it out. Racing is one of the best ways to improve your sailing skills. You will quickly realize that over-trimming your sails really does make you slow, plus it’s lots of fun!

Weather or not to head out?!!

The first thing we teach our students about what to consider before heading out is the Weather. Nothing else has as great an impact on the safety of you and your crew.

Getting Ready to Head Out!
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June 19th Newsletter: Father’s Day Open House at Sound Sailing!

Fathers Day Open House, come on down, see the fleet and go for a sail – 1-4 pm.  Our grill will be fired up with burgers and hot dogs from 1-1:30 pm. Thereafter we will be offering free mini-lessons and sailboat rides with instructors and members.  Please call to reserve a sailboat ride in advance.

Why Take Lessons at Sound Sailing Center?

After over 25 years, Sound Sailing Center has a proven record of offering the highest quality instruction.  Our program is unique in that we are almost 100% on the water practicing the skills you need.  We also believe in lots of repetition until primary skills, like reefing or MOB’s are automatic.  Each student will have practiced reefing 6-8 times in Basic Keelboat, for example. They also will have observed their 2 classmates doing the same.  

Speaking of classmates, your time is valuable, so we never have more than 3 Students per class.  In a 5 hour lesson, you get almost 50%  more time on the helm with 3 instead of 4 students (1.5 hours vs 1.1 hour).   

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May 4th Newsletter: Valanta Arrives in Bermuda

Martin van Breems, Ally Whelehan (the SSC marketing director) and Scott Whelehan (Ally’s Dad) had a super fast and enjoyable passage from St Thomas to Bermuda.  We turned the motor off 30 minutes after leaving the dock in Red Hook, and never turned it back on till the last 24 hours, when we closed in on the center of the Bermuda High with very light air.  We had 4 great days of sailing, averaging 160-180 miles a day.

The second leg looks less pleasant, with a series of lows or cold fronts and considerably winds on the nose.  Monday to Tuesday shows winds in the 35 knot range.   Weds looks like the best day to cross the Gulf Stream, before the next cold front bears down on Thursday.   Your can track the progress of Valanta here, note that we are using the Spare InReach;
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Valanta in St George after the first leg of the passage North from St Thomas.
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