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we're a boating club, we have some info on learning to sail,
learning about boating, and even about other boating clubs we know
and like. Much of the resources here cover not just Marina del Rey,
but the Los Angeles coast and even the country or world.
Places in the LA area to learn
to sail, learn about boating, etc.
Also some online resources.
Want to learn about racing rules, check out sailing programs,
learn about seamanship and such? Seeking
places to sail or to rent boats? Looking for a
sailing school, powerboat school, (even wind surfing)? This
is a great site for all that and more.
Fairwind Yacht Club
More than just a yacht
club--Fairwinds owns and operates a fleet of 13 boats from 14 to 40
feet. They will teach you how to sail and give you access to
their fleet for nominal quarterly dues. It's an incredibly
affordable alternative to boat ownership.
The starting point for an excellent collection of articles
covering basic sailing skills. Sailnet is a huge site with a
vast store of sailing information.
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary regularly offers courses in LA
(and other places) for about $40 or $50. These courses are
typically: Sailing & Seamanship, Sailing Fundamentals, and
Basic/Advanced Coastal Navigation, and Introduction to GPS. This
link is directly to Flotilla 42 — Marina del Rey.
Baysail's Online Keelboat Sailing
online course will teach you the theory of sailing including
nautical definitions, sail trim, safety, and even your basic sailing
knots. If you're looking to get into sailing, this is a great
place to start!
CA Dept of Boating & Waterways: ABCs of the
California Boating Law
An overview of California state laws pertaining to boating
operation and safety.
A Guide to Racing Techniques
This is a detailed introduction to the sport of sailboat racing,
written by Mark Johnson and posted in 1995. It focuses
particularly on intercollegiate racing in small sailboats such
as the FJ and the Laser. However, the ideas can be applied to
most other boats.
This is an online course on marine navigation. The first chapter
deals with the basics, then the level increases rapidly.
The California Sailing Cooperative
A non-profit organization where you can inexpensively learn
about sailing per American Sailing Association standards.
California Sailing Academy
From their website:
California Sailing Academy offers three progressive near coastal
sailing courses. CSA 1, 2 & 3 are taught on 22 to 30 foot sloops
with complete equipment, that are appropriate to the course
content. We start you out in 27 foot pure sailing boats, sailing
mostly inside the marina. This gives you the opportunity to
safely learn the basics of sailing without relying on auxiliary
power. In CSA 2, we introduce boats with engines that are
similar to the coastal sailboats you would likely sail on your
about the weather but no one does anything about it.
The Santa Monica Basin's buoy information
National Data Buoy Center shares the data put out by its buoys.
Learn Wind, Atmospheric Pressure, Temperatures, and more.
Marine Weather Forecast
The direct link to the current conditions and five-day forecast
for the local coastal waters provided by the
NAVAL METEOROLOGY AND OCEANOGRAPHY CENTER -
is the ultimate weather-geek site. It has the details on all
sorts of water conditions. It's a particularly cool site if
you're into tracking hurricanes and such. It's also got aviation
Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center
has some great information about the various regions of the
world including the Pacific Ocean climates and weather.
Some other sources
that can help you in your pursuit of time on the water.
UK Sailmakers' Rules Quiz
How well do you know the rules of sailing? Here's a quiz for
An online resource full of links to sailing and maritime
information. Sailing enthusiast Mark Rosenstein started this
site as a single page around 1993 and continues to add to it.
A world wide directory of Yacht Clubs and Boating Associations.
There is also a collection of Nautical links.
KNOTS to MPH chart
From 20 knots to 165 knots, this page lists the equivalent miles
Boating Clubs in Southern California
If you're not in
the Marina del Rey area, you might want to check out these other
single sailing clubs.
Dana Point Singles At Sea
Long Beach Singles Sailing Association
Polaris Sailing Society — San Diego, CA (Point
if you're in the market to join an affordable yacht club...
May we recommend our host club,
Mariners Yacht Club. It's a casual atmosphere, the
people are nice, and it's a self-service club, which means members
can enter regardless of what time they get in from boating.