Renton Sailing Center

A warm welcome!

Founded in 1965, Renton Sailing Center, a non-profit organization, promotes the sport of sailing through classes, races, and recreational sailing at Gene Coulon Park at the south end of Lake Washington. Sailing classes begin in May and continue through the end of September. Recreational sailing, repairs, and maintenance clinics are conducted year round.

Our Mission Statement: Promote the sport of sailing in the community through classes, races, clinics and recreational sailing.

Vision: Provide safe, accessible sailing for everyone in our community.

The RSC membership year starts in April.

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RSC News - Summer 2022

Capsize Recovery Opportunities

Scoop Method, Capsize Recovery is a requirement for Intermediate Level at Renton Sailing Center. We offer a clinic for members in conjunction with the 1st day of our Small Boat Sailing Classes. This includes a chalk talk, demonstration, and a hands-on drill. Wear closed toed shoes, and clothes you can get wet, optionally you may wear a wet or dry suit. Bring a towel, change of clothes, and your intermediate level signoff sheet.

Dates/Times:

July 9 10:00 a.m. RSVP to Brian Casserly brianc@rentonsailing.org

July 16 6:00 p.m. RSVP to Don Pearson donp@rentonsailing.org

Latest Newsletter: please see our latest Newsletter here.

Our meetings are on the 4th Wednesday of the month, and they start at 7:00 p.m. Check your email for a Zoom link. On June 22, the meeting is at the dock. Meet at 5:30, BBQ at 6 p.m.

Our July 27 Meeting will feature Rudderless Sailing Clinic

Join us at the dock for our midsummer meeting on Wednesday, July 27. We will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a rudderless sailing chalk talk. Then we'll hit the water to give it a try around a windward and leeward mark.

Rudderless Sailing is a required skill for Advanced membership. Not only is it a cool party trick but it shows you how much weight placement and sail trim have an effect on efficient sailing. Bring your advanced skills check sheet, if you make it around to windward and leeward and tack and jibe with out a rudder, we'll get you signed!

Sailing Classes Announced - Registration Open

This year we will host several sections of the US Sailing Small Boat Sailing Course, and several sections of the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certifcation Course. Please see the class flyer here. Register online here through Clubspot.

Tuesday Skill Building and Racing

The Spring and Summer Skill Building Through Racing series is coming up quick! The Race Committee is hard at work making it awesome! A couple notes for 2022. The series will start April 19th. Gathering and rigging begins at 5:00 p.m. Please do your best to be on time so the Dockmaster Crew can lock up, be underway, take a practice lap and be there for the Class Flag to go up at 6:00 p.m.

  • The Notice of Race (NoR) and Sailing Instructions will be published soon.

  • The Race Committee will be involving more participants in facilitating the race. You may be assigned to these volunteer positions:

    • Dockmaster to get there early and open up, assist with rigging and be the last boat off the dock to the racecourse. After the race they will be the last to leave making sure everything is clean, put away and locked.

    • Assistant Dockmaster (likely on the same crew as the dockmaster), greet and check in participants, Assist the Dockmaster opening, closing, and with rigging.

    • Race Committee Assistant to help with mark-set, timekeeping, signaling watchkeeping and scorekeeping.

    • Results: compile and publish results.

  • A new RaceRes@rentonsailing.org email has been set up for RSVP. The Race Committee will rotate setting up crew assignments to maximize learning and teaching opportunities.

  • Gathering and rigging begins at 5:00 p.m. Please do your best to be on time so the Dockmaster Crew can lock up, be underway, take a practice lap and be there for the Class Flag to go up at 6:00 p.m.

  • Plans for a Sunday afternoon race series are postponed. If anyone would like to organize one reach out to RaceCommittee@rentonsailing.org.

Private lessons: to provide members and people from the general public a chance to learn sailing in a safe and small environment, we have begun to offer private lessons. These lessons are $125 per hour for small boats, and $150 per hour for keel boats, and are scheduled at a mutually agreeable day and time. The lessons can be for general skill building or to meet certification requirements. Please contact education@rentonsailing.org for more information. Any new student should provide a completed float test form.

Renton Sailing Center is a US Sailing Community Sailing Center and an accredited US Sailing Basic Keelboat School. For membership information, please visit our membership page.