Seamanship Sunday Mornings - Hands on Learning

Schooner Ardelle to offer Seamanship Sunday Morning Sails for Adults 18+

Sundays, May 13 - June 6, 9am-12 pm, sailing from the Harriet Webster Pier at Maritime Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester MA

Cost: $80/session, $60 each/all 4 sessions, $50/Adventure and MG volunteers

Space is limited to 10 participants/session

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These three-hour on-the-water training sessions offer participants a chance to learn, practice, and fine-tune a variety of seamanship skills aboard a traditional Gloucester fishing schooner. Each week we will explore a different set of seamanship skills and safety drills.

Sessions will begin at 9am with a mug-up discussion of the day’s seamanship skills and weather. We will then get underway, conduct and log a safety drill and then practice the skills of the day until we return to the dock at noon.

Seamanship skills include:

            Safety – A safety drill will be conducted each week all crew and passengers are to be involved and instructed

            Weather Observation and Prediction -- One of most basic and essential skills of a mariner, will be discussed at the beginning of each lesson as well as how the days weather will affect the skill being taught.

Week 1 - Line handling

  • Line Handling
  • Safety-
    • Where to stand
      • Hospital side
    • Keeping back from the strain and not losing fingers
    • Recognizing a line under strain
    • What is it around and will that hold
    • How much will it take? -Signs of failure
    • What can go wrong
    • Surging a line
    • Line handing under sail- docking
  • Types of lines-
    • Natural fiber
    • Nylon
    • Dacron
    • Polypropylene
  • Names and number of lines
    • Bow line
    • Forward Breast
    • Forward Spring
    • After spring
    • Aft Breast
    • Stern
  • Securing lines
    • Bits
    • Bollards
    • Posts
    • Cleats
    • Fairleads
    • Chalks
  • Knots
    • Bowline
    • Round turn two half hitches
    • Cleat knot
    • Clove hitch- a fire-able offence
    • Splicing
  • Mechanical advantage
    • Winches
    • Windlasses
    • Capstans
  • Lines for handling lines
    • Heaving lines
    • Stoppers
    • Jiggers
  • How to handle lines
    • Dipping the eyes
    • Surging
    • Stoppers
    • Hauling - avoiding birds nests
  • Line Commands
  • Hand Signals
  • Using lines to maneuver
    • Vectors
    • Warping
    • Springing
  • Leads- tides, winds, cargo
    • How and where to lead lines

Week 2 - Ship Handling

  • Prop wash and propeller/ rudder configurations
  • Driving a single screw
  • Wind effects
  • Backing
  • Other-blowing on/ off
  • Shallow water effect
  • Currents
    • Observation
    • How to use them
  • Using your lines
    • Line commands
    • Signals
  • Using your pole or boat hook
  • Docking port side-to
  • Docking starboard side to
  • Backing in
  • Aborting a bad approach before it becomes a disaster
  • Towing
    • Pushing
    • On hip
  • Safety

Week 3 - Anchoring and Mooring

  • How an anchor works
    • Anchors
    • Chain
    • Catenary
    • How and why they drag
  • What to look for in an anchorage
  • What to look for before setting the anchor
  • Setting the anchor
    • Under sail
    • Under power
    • Why won’t it hold?
  • Breaking out
    • Using the engine
    • Using the sails
  • Hauling
  • Catting & stowage
  • Using two anchors
    • Bow and bow
    • Short long
    • Bow and stern
    • Twisting
  • Problems
    • Fouling
      • Other anchors
      • Propellers
      • Lobster Gear
      • The underwater winch
    • Wind
    • Current
    • Tides
    • Dragging
  • Kedging
  • Setting an anchor as one approaches the dock
    • To stop
    • For getting away
    • Med mooring

Week 4- Sail Handling

  • A brief lesson in sail design and construction
    • Sailing theory
      • How boats go up wind
      • Sail shape - draft
  • Sail plans
    • High aspect short ended vs. low aspect long ended rigs
    • Lateral resistance
    • Center of effort
    • Balancing the rig
    • Power to windage and control
  • Individual sail design
    • Broad seams
    • Edge curves and cloth allowance
  • Setting a sail
    • Peak adjustment
    • Sheet adjustment
  • Setting a number of sails so that they work together
  • Maneuvering with the sails
    • Turning- Wearing upwind
    • Turning - Wearing downwind
    • Tacking
    • Jibing
    • Laying a boat to the wind
    • Heaving-to in heavy weather
  • Reefing-theory
    • Reducing sail area-reduces power tipping
    • Lowering aspect of rig-shortens lever
    • Keeping in balance
    • How a lower power to windage ratio results in loss of control in tight areas
  • Reefing- procedure (how to reef)
  1. Tie tack
  2. Tie clew-out
  3. Tie clew down
  4. Tie reef points

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