Sailing Skills Stage 6

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Sailing Skills - Stage 6 Competencies & Requirements

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  1. I can identify signs of moderate levels of hyperthermia.
    • Scouts should be able to recognize and identify and treat moderate symptoms of hyperthermia.
  2. I understand and have taken the appropriate actions to maintain hydration.
    • Scouts should know why they should keep their body hydrated.
  3. I understand, and can explain, air dynamics on a sail.
    • Scouts should be able to:
      • draw air flow around a cat and sloop-rigged sail plan
      • describe how the presence of the jib accelerates air around the main
  4. I can evaluate local sailing hazards.
    • A Scout must be able to identify surrounding hazards and evaluate the risks of sailing before going out on the water through the use of navigational charts and knowledge of local navigable waters.
  5. I have, and can demonstrate, a full understanding of the local racing rules.
    • Scouts should be able to understand and describe the intent of the local racing rules declared annually.
  6. I can clearly communicate with my crew to synchronize the helm to sail trim and to boat balance.
    • Scouts on the tiller should be able to provide verbal commands when tacking, gybing, trimming the sails or what to do in the event that the boat capsizes.
  7. I have demonstrated proper steering techniques including smooth mark roundings, sailing by the lee and match sheeting to the turn.
    • Scouts learning to sail faster should be able to perform these tasks on demand, executing a gybing exercise that includes six gybes in one-minute intervals.
  8. I can properly trim the sail of the sailboat and the crew should identify the point and speed nodes for the helm upwind.
    • Scouts should be able to:
      • adjust the sail controls to achieve maximum power
      • depower using sail controls when suitable
      • steer the sailboat for maximum speed
      • manage power achieved through proper sail trim
  9. I can manoeuvre the sailboat.
    • Scouts should be able to:
      • stop and sail backward for 100 metres
      • stop leeward of another boat
      • find a hole on the start line
      • accelerate from a reach and from irons
      • accelerate off a start line in a race
  10. I have participated in a local club race.
    • Scouts should have the opportunity to test their knowledge to sail faster at a local dinghy race and be able to:
      • tack onto the laylines of a racing course
      • perform a double tack to lay a mark and on a start line
      • head up and tack around a mark
      • identify opportunities to bear away, and for gybe sets at a mark
  11. I have participated in a sailing rescue as both the rescuer and the one being rescued and I have experienced a simulated capsize to acquire the knowledge to recover the boat properly.
    • Scouts must be competent to right a capsized sailboat and assist others in righting other sailboats.
  12. I can sail a single / double-handed boat to CANSail 3 skills standards.
    • Scouts must be competent to sail single-handed sailboat (e.g., Laser Radial) or a double-handed sailboat (e.g., 470, Club 420, Flying Junior, Mistral 4.04, Skiff).
  13. I have participated in at least six daysail outings.
    • In addition to the daysails completed for the previous five stages, Scouts must demonstrate all of the sailing skills expected of a Skipper to ensure the safety of the boat and crew, while sailing in familiar water and winds up to 18 knots.
  14. I have maintained a logbook of my training.
    • Scouts should maintain an International Sailing Logbook, available from Sail Canada, recording the date, location, and personal reflection of recreational, training, and competitive sailing experiences.
  15. I have assisted the sail coach in delivering one safety element, one knowledge item and one on-the-water skill to sailors working on Stage 2, 3 or 4.
    • Scouts should be familiar with, and capable of, sharing their sailing knowledge with younger Scouts.