What should the email say?Please include your full name, email address and the date of the class you are planning to attend. If you are a new student, please tell us how you found out about us, and please spell your name the way you would like it spelled during class. For example, sometimes "Joseph" likes to be called "Joe" and when "Katharine Hepburn" attended one of our classes she hated it when people spelled her name "Katherine", haha! ;-) You can register a friend as well, but you must include their full name and email address as well. We use email to communicate the status of class and to confirm how many spots are available so it is important for everybody to check their email frequently on the days leading up to the class. You can register for more than one class in advance if you want, but please remember to register for each class you plan to attend in order to help us plan the number of sailboats and instructors needed. For new students, please let us know how you heard about us and please include your level of experience so we can plan ahead (remember beginners are welcome :-)
OK, I sent an email, what next?
Fancy "Yes" and "No" buttons on typical emails sent
via our Racing School email servers. Once you send us an email, we will reply with a confirmation. The week before class we will finalize how many volunteer instructors we have for that week and how many spots are available for students. Once we finalize the count of volunteer instructors we will send an email to all students who have registered confirming class and confirming whether we have a spot available for them or whether they are on the waiting list.
We do most of our communications via email, so it is very important that everybody check their email frequently on the days leading up to the class and reply so that we know you are still able to participate. In particular, it is important that everybody click on the appropriate Yes or No button on the confirmation email to indicate whether they are still able to attend or not. Clicking the appropriate button will add you to the right list automatically, and it will make our life a lot simpler when we are trying to match students to available sailboats :-) If your confirmation email does not contain the Yes and No buttons, or if they are not nicely formatted as shown above, then please let us know as soon as possible.
Four sailboats racing upwind on Lake Travis (image
courtesy of Bruce McDonald) Classes are held at the Austin Yacht Club. The AYC Contact Us page has the address. If the front gate is closed when you arrive, please wait and an instructor will open the gate for you.
When?Plan on getting to the club by the Class Start time specified on the schedule. Plan on being on the water between 2 and 2-1/2 hours for a regular class.
Important: New students please arrive one hour prior to the start time shown on the schedule in order to go through orientation as described in the What to expect section. We typically have the orientation class if we have enough new students who have never attended before. When you register for a class, your confirmation email will have the time you should arrive at the club depending on whether you are a new student or a returning student.
Afternoon RaceIf you would like to participate in one of the AYC races after class, then plan on spending the rest of the day enjoying beautiful Lake Travis! Please tell your instructor and we will try to find a boat that needs extra crew for the race. We can't guarantee that we will find you a spot but most skippers at AYC are happy to take newcomers on board. The afternoon race starts at 1:30 pm and ends around 4:30 pm. Typically everybody congregates at the clubhouse after the race and the AYC Social Committee provides a meal for around $8 dollars. If you attend the afternoon race, and if you would like to stay for the meal, please bring some cash with you.
How much does it cost?The best things in life are free, and so is the AYC Racing School :-) Your instructors are volunteer sailors from the Austin Yacht Club who will be participating in a club-sponsored race later in the day. We get to the club a couple of hours earlier than we normally would in order to teach you how to sail. It's a win-win situation :-) We get to sail more (instead of mowing the lawn), and you get to learn how to sail. We are hoping that once you catch the bug you'll join us on the race course, and we'll teach you everything you need to know in order to get there.