Introduction to Sailing

Revised to be more hands on, smaller class size, & very flexible scheduling

Combine a learning experience, summer fun, and “high seas” adventure into one class! In this two-part (8 hr.) class you will learn the fundamentals of sailing, and then put your newly-acquired skills to the test by crewing the sloop, the Ellie of Mayo, a 36′ Catalina yacht, sailing from Fairport Harbor. You will learn the language of seamanship which, combined with basic hand-on experience, will help prepare you to crew other boats, or captain your own boat after additional experience and training. This course will also guide students toward the many ways to complete the State of Ohio Boater Education Courses. The instructor, “Captain” Jim O'Donnell, of JEO Sailing, is a United States Coast Guard Licensed Master Captain.

Smaller class size & personal attention!

Class size 2 to 6

Class Structure:

2 sessions, 4 hours per sessions

  • Session 1: The Study of Sailing & Seamanship, presentation aboard the yacht, Ellie of Mayo
  • Session 2: Sailing Great Lake Erie, 4 hour Cruise, aboard the yacht, Ellie of Mayo.

Flexible scheduling, pick firm dates or propose dates:

Exact dates based on mutual convenience of students & instructor.

Window of opportunity is May through October.

Typical offerings:

(2) successive Wednesday Evenings, 6:00pm – 10:00pm OR

(2) successive Saturday Mornings, 9:00am – 1:00pm

Course Fee & Discounts

$189 per student. (includes all available discounts)

Cash or checks. (sorry no credit cards).

Prerequisites & Limitations:

No experience is necessary. The only requirement is the desire for a summer learning adventure and moderate mobility. For most current JEO Sailing lesson and charter offerings, aboard the Ellie of Mayo, please stay tuned to our web site, www.jeosailing.us.

Summer class scheduling:

Contact “Captain” Jim to reserve a seat or propose a date.

Reservation deposit of TBD per student will guarantee your seat.

Proposed dates become “Confirmed Schedule” as soon as minimum class size is reached. Updated lesson scheduling to be periodically posted at www.jeosailing.us.

Make-up dates due to weather cancellations rescheduled at the mutual convenience of students & instructor.

May/June/July/Aug/Sep/Oct , 2019 Series:

Proposed Schedule:Saturday Afternoon, 1pm – 5pm, 2 June 2019, (1A)
Saturday Afternoon, 1pm – 5pm, 9 June 2019, (1B)

Proposed Schedule:Saturday Morning, 1pm – 5pm, 22 June 2019, (2A)
Saturday Morning, 1pm – 5pm, 29 June 2019, (2B)

Proposed Schedule:Wednesday Evening, 6pm – 10pm, 10 July 2019, (3A)
Wednesday Evening, 6pm – 10pm, 17 July 2019, (3B)

Proposed Schedule:Saturday Morning, 9am – 1pm, 27 July 2019, (4A)
Saturday Morning, 9am – 1pm, 3 Aug, 2019, (4B)

Proposed Schedule:Saturday Morning, 9am – 1pm, 24 Aug 2019, (5A)
Saturday Morning, 9am – 1pm, 31 Aug, 2019, (5B)

Proposed Schedule:Saturday Morning, 9am – 1pm, 21 Sep 2019, (6A)
Saturday Morning, 9am – 1pm, 28 Sep, 2019, (6B)

Can’t wait for the season.

We are currently getting the boat ready for the season. Hope you are looking forward to summer as much as we are !