Instructional Sailing Videos

These are sailing instruction videos that have been contributed over the years at CSC plus some from other sources.

How to come about

Basic tacking in a Laser Bahia, applicable to all of our current boats. by CSC member Damian Lucas. Watch video

RYA video on tacking emphasizing use of the tiller. Watch video

How to sail backwards

Basic techniques for sailing backwards in a keelboat capable of it (not a Commander), by Antonio LaFuente camera work by Joel Brand) Watch video.

How to rig a Quest

How to inspect, rig, and reef a Quest at Cal Sailing, including using the hoist to put it into the water. By Jack Chen with help from John Bongiovanni. Watch video.

Capsize Recovery

A series of videos by Camille Antinori with help from Joanna Karraker. 

1. At the dock. Get crew ready to prevent a capsize and to deal with it safely if it happens. Watch video.

2. The recovery. How to do it on any dinghy. Watch video.

3. Dry recovery on a Venture. How to deal with the characteristics of this large dinghy and get yourself into the cockpit as the boat comes up. Watch video.

How to rig and fly the gennaker

On a Laser Bahia, but applies to the Quest, Venture, and other boats. By CSC member Andy Kuo. Watch video.

Flying the gennaker on the RS500

By Nathan Ilten, A CSC member who moved to Vancouver and is active in the University Sailing Club there (this is their instructional video). Watch video.

Rudderless sailing

An essential Senior skill that will give you better boat control at all levels of sailing. By Rama Hoetzlein and Andy Hacket, with video drone assistance from Will Spargur. Watch video.

How to Coil a Keelboat Dock Line

When the boats are tied up, the free ends of the dock lines tend to get left strewn over the docks, which can be a trip hazard. It is also not good for the lines if people are stepping on them or if they are hanging in the water and turning green. This video shows a quick and simple way to stow the free end around the horn cleat. It also makes it easier for the next crew taking out the boat. Watch video.