Tan, Race, Party, Enjoy

A roundup of sailing schools offering everything from basic instruction to race training.

AboutSailingTanSt
Northu

Have the urge to head back to school? It may be just what you need to jump up a level in your local or national fleet. No matter what you sail, there's a school that can help you out. J WorldNewport, R.I., Annapolis, Md., Key West, Fla., San DiegoJ World offers a diverse menu of racing courses at four locations across the country¿from three-day seminars to weeklong racing instruction during regattas. 800-343-2255.http://www.jworldschool.comKolius Sailing SchoolsLa Porte, TexasThe Kolius school is designed for dinghy sailors. The school runs five-day courses in Lasers or Vanguard 15s in the spring. 800-276-SAIL.http://www.kolius-sailing.comOlympic Circle Sailing CenterBerkeley, Calif.Sailing on notoriously windy San Francisco Bay, OCSC offers four performance sailing courses. The courses are held year-round on weekends. 800-223-2984.http://www.ocscsailing.com North U./Offshore Sailing School Performance Race WeeksCaptiva Island, Fla.In 2002, the Fast Track and Performance Race Weeks will be combined into one program. Three separate one-week sessions will be held in March and April. 888-454-5216.http://www.offshore-sailing.comPremier SailingIrvington, Va.This lower Chesapeake Bay school offers weekend race-training and "Supercrew" courses in J/24s. The former focuses on overall sailing technique. The latter teaches the specifics of crewing on a race boat. 804-435-5019.http://www.sailingschool.netRick White's Sailing SeminarsKey Largo, Fla.White runs 5-day seminars for beach cats and dinghies each April, and a Hobie Wave clinic in December, out of his hotel in Key Largo. White will also bring his seminar to your fleet. 305-451-3287.http://www.catsailor.com/isc.htmlOffshore Sailing School's Sailmaker's Caribbean ChallengeTortola, British Virgin IslandsYou and three friends spend a week racing a Moorings 413 around the B.V.I. under the watchful eye of top sailmakers. Students spend six nights afloat and two nights in hotel accommodations.