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Classroom and on-the-water instruction (OTW) is included in your membership fee.  On-the water instruction is both somewhat formal and informal and can be experienced during Wednesday evening fun sails (5pm at the sail house during the season), Saturday and Sunday OTW instruction (typically, 1:30pm) and Saturday races (see race schedule).  Instruction emphasizes sailing safely as part of the club's ongoing effort to maintain the club’s excellent safety record.  You are encouraged to attend all the instuction classes but only the Hazards class is mandatory.  Members fifteen to twenty-one years of age may also be checked out as junior skippers.  New members who have not yet been checked out may sail with any of the skippers in the club. 

On-the-water instruction is offered every Saturday and Sunday throughout the sailing season.

  • The Sailing Instruction Director will contact members that are not keyed by email on Wednesday of each week to find out if you want intstrution for the upcoming weekend.
  • Instructors will be assigned based on the number of members asking for instruction ... Typically each instructor will have two students.
  • You should respond by return email no later than Thursday afternoon with the number of members that will attend and which day(s) you want instruction. 
  • You will meet you instructor at the waterfront at 1:30pm on the selected day(s).  Time may shift based on instructor availability.
  • In 2018, some Saturday races will be scheduled in the afternoon, so instructees can join the mostly Thistle races or have instruction on a Scott.

Before a new member may take a club boat out, he or she must be checked out as a qualified skipper.  The check-out procedure includes

  • Passing a sailing test on the water, 
  • Completing the Hazards class
  • Passing a written exam and 
  • Completing a capsize drill

As a new member you should be sure to register on Rained Out . We use this to notify club members when the weather is not good for sailing instruction. Seach for "New Castle Sailing Club" and follow the instructions to register for messages. This app will send you a text message and/or an email whenever the Instruction and Safety Director concludes that sailing instruction is canceled.

2018 Classroom Instruction Schedule

See January Newsletter or go to this link

If you have any questions regarding NCSC Safety or Instruction, please contact Michael Hyzny,


Instructors By Appointment
These club members are available for instruction at any mutually convenient time.
Dave Deptula           Weekdays
Steve Constable            Weekdays after 3:00
Don Grant                 Prefers mornings, avoid Sun.
Phil Ianelli                    Weekday afternoons
Dave Koppeser         Anytime
Craig Quigley     After work or weekends
Tilo Stahl                    Mon.-Thrs. After 3:00
Cathy Thompson    Weekends or after work
Ed Ryan                    
John Stacy