Sailing experience

Course Information
Class times and locations to be arranged.

Course Description
This course is designed for those wishing to increase their sailing/boating knowledge and experience.
· the parts of a sailboat
· understanding buoyancy-what makes a boat float-Pascal’s Principle
· how to properly raise and lower sails
· the use of furling systems
· how to tack and jibe a sailboat
· how to be safe while moving about on a boat
· the person overboard operation
· the right of way rules (sailboats vs powerboats, powerboats vs powerboats, sailboats vs sailboats)
· how to properly sail on a broad reach (run), a beam reach (90o), and close hauled
· how to sail against the wind, the Bernoulli principle
· the venture effect(slot effect)….when does 2+2 equal 5?
· how to tie a series of sailor knots and their applications
· basic boat maintenance
· basic docking skills
· basic anchoring skills
· basic navigation skills
· radar fundamentals
· nautical GPS fundamentals
· advanced sailing procedures while cruising
· general safety (on shore and while sailing) and heavy weather
· engine maintenance and instruction
· docking and maneuvering
· marina operations
· how to live on a sailboat

A 34 foot sailing boat and a 31 foot trawler will be used for this in-depth instruction. All students are invited back to Muskegon for free at any time to further their abilities in each of these areas.
KIN 101M or permission by the instructor

Suggested Texts
Basic Sailing by M.B. George, Sailing Fundamentals by Gary Jobson
Tentative Schedule
To be determined
Grading Criteria
Sailing Performance 60%
Quizzes 10%
Term Paper 10%
Final Exam 20%
TOTAL 100%

Attendance Policy
All students are expected to attend all classes. The Department of Kinesiology has established that the minimum requirement for eligibility to pass a one-credit activity course is attendance at 85% of the class sessions. If a student does not meet the minimum attendance requirement, the student will receive a NG for the course. Therefore, students may not miss more than 4 hours of class time.

Sailing Performance (60%)
All students are given a hands-on evaluation while sailing at the Muskegon complex. More information will be given during the semester.

Quizzes (10%), Term Paper (10%), and Final Exam (20%)
All students are required to complete quizzes, a term paper, and a final exam. More information will be given during the semester.

Academic Integrity
All students at Michigan State University are expected to conduct themselves with the highest standards of academic honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty by a student will not be tolerated in any activity or academic area and will be treated in accordance with the policy in the Academic Programs Publication. Forms of academic dishonesty include falsifying attendance records for oneself or another student, plagiarism, and falsifying the graded exam or assignment material. All incidences of questionable academic integrity are construed as a serious matter and may result in a NG (0.0) for the course.

ANGEL Website and MSU Email
This course will be using the ANGEL website and MSU email for all course information and communication. Students are responsible for checking both ANGEL and their MSU email at least every week to stay informed about class updates. Sue Halsey is not one of the instructors for this class (she is the program coordinator), therefore, do not email her regarding coursework. If you have another concern, please email Sue ( to set up an appointment.

Emergency Procedures
See instructor IMMEDIATELY!

Medical Conditions
It is the student’s responsibility to inform the instructor of any medical condition(s) that may affect his/her participation in the class. We will find a way to sail with any student wishing to take the class.

Reasonable Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
If you have a diagnosed disability or believe that you have a disability that might require “reasonable accommodation” on the part of the instructor, please call The Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD). As part of the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is the responsibility of the student to disclose a disability prior to requesting reasonable accommodation.