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Crew Class

Sequoia Yacht Club 2020 Crew Class

This is a class for people who want to crew on a boat.  The course introduces the new or experienced sailor to the exciting sport of yacht racing. Students will learn the basics of sailing, racing, and being an effective crew member of a racing yacht.

Schedule:  It will consist of 8 sessions, four classroom and four on boats:

  • Classroom (Mondays):  April 27, May 4, May 11, and May 18, 2020, 
  • On the water (Wednesdays): April 29, May 6, May 13, and May 20, 2020. 

For the days on the water, students will be invited onto club boats.  Some of the Sequoia boats need fearless athletic crew, others are more relaxed.  We will pair students and boats accordingly.

The schedule and locations:

  • Mondays from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Sequoia Yacht Club, 441 Seaport court, Redwood City, CA.
  • Wednesdays from 5:00 pm (or slightly later if the boat skipper needs less time to prepare the boat and get to the start line) to approximately 8:00 pm.  

There is a dinner (grill your own burgers) at Sequoia Yacht Club after the race each Wednesday.

Cost: Cost of $60 includes American Sailing Association textbook “Sailing Made Easy.”

Class size will be limited to 16 persons. 

Registration:  To register, go to the Sequoia tab on Jibeset and select “Crew Class 2020”.  The link for this class is

Course Objectives: After completing the course students should be comfortable in seeking and accepting beginning crew positions.  Students who complete the class are encouraged to participate in the Sequoia Yacht Club Sunset Series 2020.  

Classroom topics: 

Day 1: general theory, boat nomenclature, race formats, crew positions, safety.

Day 2: Upwind performance, sail trim, wind shifts, current effects, safety.

Day 3: Downwind performance, sail trim, spinnaker handling, safety.

Day 4: Strategy, boat preparation, racing rules overview, tactics.

Instructor qualifications of Stan Phillips:

  • USCG license.
  • Thirty-five years sailing experience.
  • Fifteen years of racing experience on these boats: Flying Scot, Catalina 27,  Hunter 29,  J-29,  J-109,  Archambeault 40,  Farr 40 and  Farr 30.  
  • ASA sailing instructor at the Bareboat Chartering level from 2003 to present
  • Competed as skipper on chartered boats in 5 Heineken Regattas, finishing 8th in class in 2008 and 4th in class in 2010. 
  • Raced in the Farr 30 World Championship in 2015, finished 10th
  • Raced as navigator in the 2016 Pacific Cup race from San Francisco to Hawaii on Windswept Lady.