Creve Coeur Sailing Association Creve Coeur Sailing Association


Training Videos

Welcome Land Lover! So, you want to learn how to sail, eh! The best way to learn how to sail is to get your butt on a boat with a good skipper and serve as crew. The next best thing is to learn on land before going out. Impress the skipper with words like "tack" and "gybe". The following videos go through the basics of sailing in hopes to get your butt to a helm faster!.

The first few videos go through the basics of sailing and build to the last video, a near real time look and listen as a CCSA skipper races a race at Creve Coeur Lake.

Sailing 101

A great introduction on how to sail. The video is simple and covers the basics of sailing in a few short minutes. The next video, below, is the second in the series.

Sailing 102

The "sequal" to the above video describes a little more about the basics of sailing.


Sailing 201: "Tacking Practice"

"Tacking Practice" - Describes "tacking" or the essential sailing manuver of turing a boat across the wind.


Sailing 301: 70 Tacks in a "29-er" Olympic Class Sailboat

An Olympic class "29-er" captain and crew perform 70 tacks in a practice. Many of our skippers at CCSA practice taking with their crew before every race. Proper, efficient, effortless and error free tacking is essential to winning a sailboat race.


Sailing 401: "Advanced Race Theory"


Ride along with Bryan Gill, one our club's skippers. He stuck a GoPro camera on his boom and made a commentary after the race. The video gives a no holds barred inside look and listen into the race decisions and tactics he makes during a typical race. None of us start racing with this knowledge, it is accumulated over many races and years of sailing. If you want to be a competive skipper, get your but on one of these boats as crew.


Sailing 402: "Big Boat / Big Lake Racing"

Race Ride Along: Our outreach chair produced this video to describe a few things: a typical sailboat race course, what it is like to be a crew member in a sailboat race and to show the raw speed a boat can be going during a race. Although the race was at Carlyle Lake with the Caryle Sailing Association, or CSA or "Our Big Cousin's Sailing Club", it is a good example of a sailboat race. Keep in mind, most of the boats racing at our lake are one to three person boats.


Congratulations! You just survived watching our Training Videos on your computer! Are you ready to get in the water? Go buy a pair of sailing gloves, find a skipper go crew! How do you find a skipper you say? Help us setup a boat before a race. Skippers typically arrive 1-2 hours before the first race on a race day. Find a skipper, introduce yourself, show him or her your new shiny, new glove smelling gloves and say you want to learn how to sail. Remember, ALL of us began as crew.