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Weekly sailing practice – Sailing Training from beginner to expert

Did you get bitten by the sailing bug? Then this is the place for you. At NJK Sailing Center you can sail without the trouble of owning your own boat. We offer training sessions on four different levels, from complete beginners to experts. Learn to sail from scratch or fine tune your skills in one of our three groups that train every week. Our most advanced group trains during two weekend clinics before the most important competitions of the season. Read more about the training groups below.

Sign up to the training groups here. When signing up you should choose which group you want to train in. You can later switch groups if you realize that a group is too easy or too advanced for you. Note that you can join the Green and Blue Tracks alone without a team, but for the Red and Black Tracks you need to have a team to sail with. If you do not have your own team but wish to train in the Red or Black track we can help you find a team to practice with. Contact us at sailingcenter@njk.fi.

Green Track (Beginners Sailing Group)

Weekly sailing practice for complete beginners. Learn to sail without any previous sailing experience, but you are also welcome if you have some experience but need to refresh the basics and the terminology. In the Green Track training group you will learn the following things:

  • Learn the basics of sailing
    • Understanding where the wind comes from, and how it affects the sails and the boat
    • Terminology
    • Names of boat parts
    • Preparing the boat
    • Harbour maneuvers (getting out from and in to the harbour)
    • Understanding the basics of each role in the boat

When?
Mondays and Wednesdays 5.30-8.30 pm, 26.4-6.10.2021

Where?
26.4-17.5 and 9.8-4.10 at NJK Koivusaari, Vaskisalmenkuja 9, 00200, Helsinki
24.5-8.8 at NJK Valkosaari, Ehrenströmintie 13, 00140, Helsinki

Coach: Ilya Baraev

Blue Track (Intermediate)

Weekly sailing practice for those with some sailing practice. In the Blue Track you will get an introduction to fleet racing and learn the most important rules and strategies of competitive sailing. During the season you will learn the following things:

  • Learn to handle the boat well enough on your own to be allowed to use the boats outside of coached practice. (Read more about skipper’s rights here)
  • Learn to sail around a course smoothly with all sails in up to 15 knots (7-8m/s) of wind
    • Understand every role in the boat
    • Learn to do well in one role in the boat
  • Understand the basics of fleet racing
  • Find regular sailing partners 
    • We try to form teams in the Blue Track to make the learning process faster. We try to sail in the same role for at least four consecutive weeks to get comfortable in it. Every four weeks there will be a chance to change roles. As not all the same people will participate in every training, every once in a while there will be the chance to sail in a different role than normally as a stand in.
    • Finding a regular crew makes it easier to go training on your own and participate in competitions

Before joining the blue track you should know the following things:

  • The most important sailing terminology
  • The names of the boat parts
  • The basics of each role in the boat

When?
Wednesdays 5.30-8.30 pm, 28.4-6.10.2021

Where?
28.4-19.5 and 9.8-6.10 at NJK Koivusaari, Vaskisalmenkuja 9, 00200, Helsinki
26.5-8.8 at NJK Valkosaari, Ehrenströmintie 13, 00140, Helsinki

Coach: Oliver Silén

Red Track (Advanced)

Weekly sailing practice for those who are interested in Match Racing and already have good boat handling skills. Our experienced coaches will teach you the secrets of match racing regarding both tactics and and technique. In the Red Track you will learn the following things: 

  • Match Racing
    • Rules
    • Tactics
    • Technique
  • Take all your pre-existing skills to the next level

Before you join the Red Track you should:

  • Find a team to sail with
  • Have the skills in your desired role to be able to sail smoothly around a course in up to 15 knots (7-8 m/s) of wind
  • Know the most important rules of sail racing
  • Understand sailing terminology
  • Know the names of the boat parts

When?
Mondays 5.30-8.30 pm, 26.4-4.10.2021

Where?
26.4-17.5 and 9.8-4.10 at NJK Koivusaari, Vaskisalmenkuja 9, 00200, Helsinki
24.5-8.8 at NJK Valkosaari, Ehrenströmintie 13, 00140, Helsinki

Coach: Henri Tikkanen

Black Track (Expert)

The black track is for those who are already familiar with the rules and basic tactics and technique of match racing. Most of the year they train together without a coach. Two weekends during the season they train with an expert match racing coach to prepare them for the most important competitions of the year. This year those clinics will be held before the Open Spring Cup (Grade 2) and the Open Finnish Match Racing Championship (Grade 3). The preliminary dates are 8-9.5 and 11-12.9.

Coach: Staffan Lindberg

Courses and lectures

We also organize clinics for our sailors as well as lectures where you can learn about all things sailing. For more information click here.

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Contact:
sailingcenter@njk.fi
Center Manager Oliver Silén
045 349 1559

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