CLINTON, NJ (Hunterdon County) – Are you interested in learning how to sail? Or are you already a seasoned sailor looking to join a local, active club with weekly regattas? The Hunterdon Sailing Club (HSC) offers multiple opportunities to learn to sail in June and July.
Weekend-long classes are open to those over 16-years-old. Sessions start on Fridays at 6:00 p.m. with club-owned Sunfish sailboats. This includes an introduction to sailing terms, how to rig a sailboat, and an initial on-the-water lesson in a Sunfish.
On Saturday, beginning sailors will learn how to steer, learn how to use the wind to sail, recover from a capsize, and by the end of the day, be sailing independently. Sunday morning is spent fine-tuning the skills learned over the previous two days, finishing with students capable of successfully sailing a Sunfish independently.
Dates for the Learn to Sail weekends are: June 9-11, June 16-18, July 7-9, and July 14-16.
Students can sign up at www.regattanetwork.com/membermgmt/HSC/membership_registration_start.php. Club membership is required for the learn-to-sail classes, which is $125 per family. Lessons are $125 for each person for the entire weekend. More information can be found at https://sailhsc.org/sailing-lessons.
All lessons take place at the club, which is located at Spruce Run State Park and reservoir, in Clinton about five minutes off Route 31.
HSC is a club whose mission is to foster a community of sailors on the lake and promote sailing, the greenest sport in the world. Entirely run by volunteers, the Club organizes an entire season of events and offers introductory sailing lessons to adults and children.
“As HSC enters its 60th season, we hope to continue the tradition of providing a fun, economical means to learn how to sail, keep building skills, and most importantly, safely enjoy being able to skim across the surface of the water, being moved along by the wind, in a beautiful setting,” officials said.
Additional information about Spruce Run, can be found at https://nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/sprucerunrecreationarea.html.