We are looking forward to meeting you at our next scheduled CLSA Club Tour.
Below is some helpful information to make your visit a successful one.

Pre-Visit and Sailing Information


Schedule a CLSA Club Tour


  • Meet-up Time and Place
  • Video: Learn How to Sail for Beginners
  • Basic Sailing Terminology
  • What to Bring
  • Map & Directions


Meet-up Time & Place:

Saturday – 1:00 pm | CLSA Clubhouse Patio

Meet by the whiteboard on the backside of the clubhouse.

Video: Learn How To Sail for Beginners

Basic Sailing Terminology

Here are some sailing terms that are good for you to know.

Port: Facing forward, this is anything to the left of the boat. When you’re onboard, you can use this term pretty much any time you would normally say “left”.   Note, both “port” and “left” have four letters.

Starboard: Facing forward, this is anything to the right of the boat.

Bow/Stern: The bow is the front of the boat, the stern is the back. Anything near the front of the boat is referred to as being “forward,” and anything toward the back is “aft” or “astern.”

Point of Sail: The boat’s direction relative to the wind. For example, if you’re going straight into the wind, your point of sail is called “in irons.”  If the wind is blowing straight over the side of the boat, that’s called a “beam reach”.  More info on this great link from Princeton Sailing.

Tiller:  How you steer the boat – basically a long wooden stick. This is used to control the boat’s rudder.

Centerboard:   a long, heavy fin on the bottom of the boat that sticks down into the water. It provides stability and allows the boat to sail upwind.

Heeling: This is the term for when a sailboat leans over in the water, pushed by the wind. There’s nothing else like the thrill of heeling over as your sails fill and your speed picks up!

Tack: This term has two distinct meanings, both of them very important. As a verb, to tack is to change direction by turning the bow of the boat through the wind. As a noun, your tack is the course you are on relative to the wind. For example, if the wind is blowing over the port side, you are on a port tack. If it’s blowing over the starboard side, you’re on a starboard tack.

Jibe (or gybe): A jibe is another way of changing direction, in which you bring the stern of the boat through the wind. Whether you choose to tack or jibe entirely depends on the situation–what’s around you, and the direction of the wind.

Windward: The side of the boat closest to the wind. When heeling over, this will always be the high side.

Leeward: The side of the boat furthest from the wind. When heeling over, this will always be the low side.

Lines: On board a boat, this is what you say instead of “ropes.”

Mainsail: The big triangular sail just aft of the sailboat’s mast. As the name suggests, this is the boat’s largest sail. Running along its bottom edge, the mainsail has a thick pole called the boom.

Mainsheet: A line attached to the sailboat and the boom. It is used to control the mainsail.

Jib: The jib can always be found forward of the mast, and unlike the mainsail, does not have a boom.

What To Bring

  • Life jacket if you own one
  • Durable clothing – over prepare for weather conditions
  • Sneakers or boat shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen and a hat
  • The food and beverage of your choice



Carolyn Price

(P) 513-624-7306