Lake St Clair School FAQs
- How many students will be in the class?
- Our classes are almost always 2-4 students.
- What time do classes begin?
- All classes on Lake St Clair start at 10:00 AM. Please plan to arrive about 15 minutes before your class.
- What time do classes end?
- All classes on Lake St Clair and around 4:00 PM. Exact class completion times can vary based on weather, the number of students aboard and a host of other factors.
- What boats will be used for the classes?
- All classes will be conducted on our Catalina 30 named "Windependent" or Catalina 25 "SummerzCool".
- Where are the classes held on Lake St Clair?
- Our sailing base on Lake St Clair is Jefferson Beach Marina along the Nautical Mile in St Clair Shores, MI. The marina is located along Jefferson Ave. south of 10 mile road. Our boat is in slip F-47.
- How do I get to the Marina?
- You will find directions here: http://www.fairwindsailing.com/index.php/sailing_schools/lake_st_clair/lake_st_clair_directions/
- How do I find the boat when I get to the marina?
- Our boat is currently assigned to slip F-47, however this can change from time to time. Please call us 48 hours before your class to re-confirm the slip assignment.
What should I bring with me?
Most students bring too much with them for the trip. You should try to pack lightly, but be sure to bring the following:
- Sun protection – You will be out in the sun all day, so be sure to the bring the proper protection. Wide brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are highly recommended
- Sailing gloves to protect your hands for the line work
- Boat friendly shoes (white or light soles, no heels, comfortable)
- Sailing text books
- Clothing – Temperatures can change rapidly on the lake, so we need to be prepared for a range of conditions. We recommend getting a good forecast before packing, then add 10 degrees to the forecast high and subtract 10 degrees from the forecast low. Bring the right clothing to be comfortable in all those temperatures ranges. You should also bring light weight rain proof protection, full foul weather gear is not necessary. Finally, lease pack in a duffle, backpack or other collapsible bag (see below)
- Will the class be cancelled if the weather is bad?
- We do not sail in dangerous conditions and classes are cancelled if there is sustained dangerous weather. Fortunately, this rarely happens on the lakes in summer, so classes are rarely cancelled. Normally, we get only short periods of bad weather and it is usually not dangerous at all. During these periods we complete the classroom portions of the sailing lessons, tie knots, and take our exams. We do also sail in rain, if it is not too heavy and not dangerous.
- Are gratuities expected by Captains?
- Of course gratuities are at your discretion, however, it is customary to tip your Captain 5-10% of your fee for a job well done. In cases of outstanding efforts, it is not unusual to see tips as high as 15-20%.
- What should I do to get ready for the classes before I arrive?
- Study! Highly recommended to read the text. Pay particular attention the rules of the road, boat systems, terminology and man over board procedures.
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