Exciting weekend at PLSS!
Last weekend at PLSS we hosted a US Sailing Level 2 instructor course for Lake Country instructors. Many are familiar with the Level 1 course from US Sailing, which is geared at taking sailors who already are proficient and comfortable on the water, and giving them the skills necessary to begin their teaching career. The Level 1 course is an intensive 40 hour course in pedagogy, curriculum development, and on the water practice on teaching skills. The Level 2 is the next step in the series. The Level 2 course, while only 16 hours, is no less intensive. Sailors going through the Level 2 are given the tools to become not simply effective educators of basic sailing courses, but effective coaches of more advanced programs. In the class coaches are given advice on more advanced boat-handling & set-up chalk-talks, as well as how to effectively run drills that are specific and targeted at advancing key skills.
Despite unfortunate weather on Saturday, our 11 instructors, and instructor trainer Steve Gay braved the rain and spent time practicing spinnaker and trapeze work on 420’s, as well as working on delivering peer-to-peer chalk-talks about sail trim, rigging, etc.
Sunday brought much better weather in the morning, and instructors were tasked with working on their comfort and proficiency in heavy-wind Club 420 sailing.
Big thanks to Steve Gay & US Sailing for running another fantastic course for our instructor candidates, as well as Okauchee Lake Sailing School for providing additional Club 420 gear for the weekend.
We are excited to be back out on the water working on our coaching & sailing skills for the summer!
See you all in June!
Lots of thanks to Chicago Yacht Club for hosting a fun & successful MISSA Qualifier!
Rain on Saturday morning brought us a stiff northerly on Lake Michigan, and a valiant effort was made to set a course outside Belmont Harbor, but with 6-8’ waves, and even more chop reverberating from the shore, Safety committee made the wise decision to send boats back into the harbor for the day.
Courses were quickly set despite oscillating breeze, and racing began in earnest ~10.30am. Courses were W6 most of the day, and with races easily viewable from shore/docks, it was an exciting day to watch. Breeze favored the left side of the course, which meant that lots of boats were attempting port lay.
With scores up and down on Saturday, Kettle Moraine sailors Christian & Sam Spencer (A Fleet); Alex Keck, Paul McClean & Breanna Schultz (B Fleet) both posted top 5 finishes, and finished the day top 10 overall.
Sunday began with more rain, and more racing inside the harbor. Despite a lighter easterly, the swell and chop on the lake remained too large for practical racing. Racing continued on W6 courses, with an interesting, and rare breeze pattern that favored the middle of the course, with wind slipping between breakwaters.
With scores up and down again on Sunday, Kettle Moraine continued to post high, top-5 finishes, and with everything on the line in the last races of B-Fleet, KM pulled out top-3 finishes, and and edged out St. Ignatius to place 3rd, and Qualify for Mallory Double-Handed Nationals in Boston.
Nationals will be Hosted by MIT May 12th-14th in Boston, MA.
Congrats to all the Sailors who Qualified!!