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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 classroom instruction but only the Hazards class is mandatory.  New members who have not yet been checked out may sail with any of the skippers in the club. Members fifteen to twenty-one years of age may also be checked out as junior skippers.  

On-the-water instruction is offered every Saturday and Sunday, at 1:30pm, 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 instruction 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 Clay Greer


5 Ways to get Instruction on the water (May 5th- Oct 20th)

  1. Saturday and Sunday OTW Instruction, 1:30pm
  2. Bob Cann's weekday Fun Sail Mailing list  
  3. Wednesday Fun sail, 5:00pm
  4. Instruction by Appointment      
  5. Racing on Saturday.  Both competitive and low intensity races are included on the schedule so new members won't be intimidated by the competition. 


Instruction By Appointment

These club members are available for instruction at any mutually convenient time.

  • Steve Constable    weekdays after work and weekends
  • Dave Deptula        Weekdays
  • Diana DiMattia      Weekdays
  • Mike Evans                  
  • Albert Forwood     Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Don Grant             Anytime
  • Michael Hyzny      After work or weekends
  • Phil Ianelli             Weekday afternoons
  • Dave Koppeser      Anytime
  • James Looloian     Weekdays
  • Patti Parziale                
  • Nancy Peffer                    
  • Don Pippins                  
  • Craig Quigley        After work or weekends
  • Edward Ryan        Any agreed-upon time
  • Chuck Shorten              
  • John Stacy                  
  • Tilo Stahl               Mon.-Thrs. After 3:00
  • Cathy Thompson  Weekends or after work
  • Norm Yoerg