Sailing Skills Stage 7

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Sailing Skills - Stage 7 Competencies & Requirements

  1. I can recognize and treat severe hyperthermia and hypothermia.
    • Scouts should be able to recognize the symptoms of weather related injuries including:
      • heat exhaustion and sun stroke found in hyperthermia, or
      • shivering, and slurring of words found in hypothermia and know how to treat them.
  2. I can evaluate geographical and tidal effects of a sailing venue.
    • Scouts should be able to:
      • describe types of clouds and local weather patterns
      • explain the major factors affecting tides and currents
      • study the nautical charts of a new sailing venue and be able to point out impacts of currents and potential hazards of the sailing area
  3. I can describe common seamanship knowledge.
    • Scouts should be able to:
      • describe the types of wind shifts
      • identify gradient and thermal winds
      • draw a cat and sloop-rigged sail plan
  4. I can describe common racing strategies.
    • Scouts should be able to:
      • know what to look for choosing the favoured end of the gate and finish line while sailing
      • describe how lifts and headers affect their position on a course
      • determine the direction of current while sailing
  5. I can describe the mechanics of air flow over the sail.
    • Scouts should be able to:
      • draw air flow around a cat-rig, and sloop-rig sail plans
      • describe how the presence of a jib accelerates air around the main
      • recognize optimal leech profile
      • describe 3 ways to depower the sails
  6. I can describe how to tune a boat.
    • Scouts should be able to:
      • describe the sail rigging each day prior to training
      • choose the rig settings for the day’s conditions
  7. I know and can describe the intent of the current ISAF racing rules 1–7.
    • Scouts working toward advanced sailing skills should have a full understanding of the current local sailing and ISAF racing rules 1–7 published nationally.
  8. I have demonstrated an understanding of sail rigging.
    • Scouts should be able to:
      • choose rigging settings for the day’s conditions
      • correctly rig sails each day for training
      • place telltales on the jib luff and leech, and on mainsail leech
      • correctly rig the kite each day
  9. I have the demonstrated the skills to balance the sailboat while underway on the water.
    • Scouts should be able to:
      • maintain accurate body position at all points of sail, and
      • balance the boat by using hiking, and by moving fore and aft.
  10. I can demonstrate Intermediate sailing skills: Scouts should be able to:
      • 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
      • Identify opportunities for bear away and gybe sets at a mark
      • accelerate from marks
  11. I have the demonstrated the skills to steer the sailboat while underway.
    • Scouts should be able to:
      • demonstrate how to head up and tack around the marks
      • demonstrate smooth tactical mark roundings
  12. I have demonstrated the skills to trim the sails while underway.
    • Scouts should be able to:
      • complete sail control adjustments to head up and bear away
      • as crew, identify point and speed modes for helm upwind
      • trim the sails using all sail controls
      • trim the jib leech to keep top and bottom telltales breaking together
      • sheet the main to trim sails appropriately
      • depower the sails using sail controls
  13. I have successfully shown how to manoeuvre while sailing.
    • Scouts should be able to:
      • demonstrate how and when to tack on headers
      • perform a double tack to lay a mark and on start line
      • accelerate out of marks
      • identify opportunities for bearing away and gybe sets at a mark
      • promote planing and surfing
  14. I have demonstrated down-speed opportunities.
    • Scouts should be able to:
      • hold a position on a start line for 30 seconds
      • identify opportunities to sail slowly at a leeward mark
  15. I have demonstrated tactical manoeuvres while racing.
    • Scouts should be able to:
      • identify the windward and leeward end of the starting line
      • have the crew provide countdown information to helm during the start
      • have the crew back the mainsail to stop
      • bear off by backing the jib
      • implement strategy and tactics while racing
  16. I have participated in a one- to two-day local regatta.
    • Scouts should participate in a local regatta in order to expand their sailing experience.
  17. I can sail a single / double-handed boat to CANSail 4 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, Skiff).
  18. I have participated in at least seven daysail outings.
    • In addition to the daysails completed for the previous six 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 15 knots.