We teach on the latest generation of sportboats, our fleet of evenly matched J/80s: more comfortable, safer, faster, and better learning platforms. Offshore rated, yet nimble and responsive, these boats have huge cockpits, high booms, and are extremely well balanced. Their responsiveness provides prompt feedback, teaching you what works, and what doesn’t.
J/World Sailing , the top rated sailing school in the country, has been offering racing instruction and coaching since our founding over 30 years ago.
Designed as a foundation course for racers, this five-day intro to racing and rules is a broad-based sailing course that covers race boat handling as well as basic strategy and tactics. Taught aboard our identical J80’s there will be no more than four people aboard each boat plus an instructor, which guarantees participants plenty of personal attention.
Each day at J/World begins with a chalk talk and then proceeds onto the water. During the week, we dissect sailboat racing and then by Friday put it back together to compete against all of the race boats in the J World Friday Regatta.
Onboard instruction includes orientation to the spinnaker and its use around the racecourse, crew assignments, sail shape and trim, tacking, gybing and starting drills, and short course racing. This class will take your racing skills further than a whole season of trial and error racing.
Topics in this sailing course include:
•Spinnaker and Sail Handling
•Sail Trim and Shape
|•Yacht Racing Rules
Our staff of racing instructors are some of the best coaches in the business. Consisting of sailors with wide ranging skills and deep sailing resumes, they are selected not only for their sailing skills but also for their abilities to share their knowledge and maintain a productive learning environment. With no more than four students per boat, everyone gets a tremendous amount of personal attention.
J/World has been coaching racers for over 40 years. In that time, we have developed the leading curriculum for making sailors faster. Often imitated, never duplicated: our format has been adopted and copied by many organizations around the world, but none of them are able to deliver the results that J/World is known for. We continually update our material and remain the undisputed leaders in sail race training.
More time sailing. More course days. Exceptional boats. Phenomenal instructors. But don’t just take our word for it. See below to read some of our customers testimonials to read why we have been selected as the “Best in the Business” for over 19 years running. And please ask sailors and do lots of web searches… we feel confident that the more you ask around, the more great things you will hear about us and the more likely you will come to J/World!
Improve your sailing skills with the top rated sailing school in the country, J/World
Intro to Racing – Requirements
The ability to sail a small boat on your own with confidence and a thorough understanding of skills such as those covered in Learn To Sail is the expected minimum. This course is also appropriate for those with some racing background, but with limited time on the helm while racing, or those with cruising backgrounds looking to transition to racing. This is a great class to hone your boat handling skills!
Intro to Racing – Price
Standard: $1795 per person
Alumni: $1615per person
Visit our pricing page for full details.
US Sailing Certified
J/World is a US Sailing Certified educational facility. While most of our courses offer certification, we also pride ourselves in delivering a curriculum that far exceeds the base standards. We have been teaching sailing longer than anyone has been offering certifications. Our goal is to make you a confident and competent sailor. Many colleges offer Bachelor’s degrees, but we all know they are not equal. The same holds true for sailing schools. If you really want to learn, come to J World.
We had an absolutely fantastic time and achieved one of my life long goals – learning to sail! The Instructors were truly great and we appreciated their very professional and friendly teaching style. We’ll be back for sure! Thank you for a great experience, J/World. Please send our regards to everyone….
Just wanted to say thank you for a great week taking the Performance Cruising class at J/World. Sailing the J80 was mucho fun and that J105 is a rocket! Both of my instructors are super talented and I definitely learned more in that one week than I have in quite a while. I’ll be in touch to do more sailing with J/World!
I wanted to thank you for a wonderful trip and the experience of a lifetime. I was and remain extremely impressed with all the preparation and hard work that you put in to make this trip a success. I took from this experience not only a great deal of knowledge on ocean sailing, but also increased confidence in my ability as a sailor.
[Our instructor] did an incredible job of ensuring that we both had a positive experience. I have been an educator for almost 30 years. Currently I am Superintendent of Schools for a jurisdiction of over 10,000 students with 1050 staff. I can assure you that [our J/World instructor] is a natural teacher with a broad range of skills.
I just wanted to take a minute to express my appreciation for this weeks class, and to let you know I was really impressed with [my instructors]. You have a great team there! I certainly got everything I’d hoped for… and more. The J/80 was a blast, and the time on my own boat was invaluable. The Friday race was the perfect end to an excellent week…
Absolutely exceeded my expectations in every dimension. The boats were exceptional… new modern and in good shape. The instructors were awesome. It was hard to believe you could get that level of experience and accomplishment and at the same time have great teachers. Thanks you J/World Team!
As someone who’s been teaching and evaluating teachers for a quarter of a century, I’m writing to tell your instructor is one of the best I’ve seen. He’s tremendously skilled at communicating knowledge and also has the rare talent of being able to tell what his students do and don’t understand.
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