TASS Learning Center


Basic Sail Skills Enhancement 1 & 2 Sessions hosted by TASS

Skills Enhancement Participation

Have you ever wanted to go sailing but felt that you do not have experience or access to a sailboat? Have you been out on the water on a sailboat and wanted to learn more about taking an active role during sailing?

TASS (Texas Association of Social Sailors) offers a chance to learn the basics skills and test as you can take to the water to see if this is a suitable activity. Our skills enhancement sails offer a fun, relaxed setting without investing in a boat or taking expensive lessons. This is also an ideal opportunity to invite friends who always wanted to go sailing but felt they first wanted to acquire some basic skills.

Announcing the TASS Basic Sail Skills Enhancement Schedule 2023

Skills Enhancement 2 – Women Crew    Spring Sessions DATE: TBD

Skills Enhancement 2 – Co-Ed Crew       Spring Session DATE: TBD

Skills Enhancement 1 – Women Crew    Fall Session            DATE: TBD

Skills Enhancement 1 – Co-Ed Crew      Fall Session            DATE: TBD

Note:  Classes are typically limited to 4 participants – encouraged to register early. If the class registration is full, put your name on the waitlist. Frequently we can expand the class with additional instructors and boats.

Class Description: Skills Enhancement 1: New and intermediate sailors can enhance their skills in this hands-on instruction.

Class Description: Skills Enhancement 2: Intermediate/experienced sailors can hone their skills in this hands-on instruction.

see full class description HERE

For more information or to send your suggestion for a course, please email our Vice Commodore.

To sign up for a sail, browse our calendar and select a sail!  Learn more about events and skills by attending one of our weekly meetings.

Questions, email vice-commodore@sailtass.com

*Disclaimer, courses are not ASA certified.

Women's Skills 2022

Annually TASS conducts various skills sessions on different topics.  Leading off 2022 is the ALL-Woman Basic Crew Skills.  Skills enhancements always seem to attract some vibrant women who are excited to embark on their first sailing adventure with all hands-on sailing.

On May 1st TASS was lucky to have 5 amazing and brave women on board for the skills.  The day began with essential textbook learning, knots, terms, and a few warm and fuzzy encouragement from the instructor, Commodore Urs, and first mate Thann.

The second half of the day, the women boarded S/V Shiraz, a 36 ft. Hunter for the on-water skills.  The crew consisted of 2 current members and 3 new members. So, excellent participants always find TASS. The women were amazing, attentive, and focused on learning. We had some very nice wind, 10-15kn giving Shiraz a zip and peppy sail and treating the women to what it is like to handle the wind.  ALL 5 women took at least 2 turns at the helm and rotated into the different positions on the boat.  They tacked and jibed, jibed, and surprised themselves to find out that the BOAT WILL NOT TIP OVER Lol.

TASS was so happy to share our love of the sport with these women and we hope sailing becomes a sport they enjoy and love.

If you would like to see what the women did in skills enhancements, take a look at their video. 


The Experience - In their Words

I sure enjoyed it!  I admit I was feeling nervous and intimidated!  You and Urs are great instructors, certainly gave me confidence and I will definitely go out again! THANK YOU!  Debbie K.

Had such a great time with all of you today. THANK YOU, Urs and Thann, for all the great instruction! Debbie A.

After sailing and cruising for years, I was so impressed with and appreciative of what I learned in one day recently with TASS. Skipper Urs and First Mate Thann many thanks – Hope B.

Women's Basic Crew Training I 06-2021

The first ever TASS All Women's Sail Training was a hit!  Nancy and I had four amazing participants, Barb, Jane, Elizabeth, and Patti.  They were eager to learn and oh how...learning occurred. 

The weather was perfect at 80 degrees and winds were 10-13 kias.  They were able to participate in positions as helmsman, mainsheet trimmer and jib trimmer.  We also discussed sail positions, right-of-way, and man overboard drills plus more.

Was a great experience for all.  Looking forward to the next sail with these fabulous ladies.

Skipper Emily & Nancy

Comments from our Sailing Crew:

 The women's training was fantastic. The instructors were extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I learned a lot of new things and loved the fact that it was all women. I highly recommend it for any women who actually want to be more involved in the sails. Great job Nancy and Emily!

Start Living the Life You Imagined – Go Sailing with TASS

Sailing Safety Training

May 5th - Mark Shield a retired member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and skipper on Cape Area VFD Rescue Boat and long-time TASS member was our instructor for the Sailing Safety Training.

He covered topics ranging from  US Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary - Mission and Responsibilities to the Man Over Board Process.

We had over 20 people attend this training with positive feedback on the value of the training to us as sailors. 

If you missed the training, we are making his materials and links to the important videos available in the TASS Document Library for reference.  

If you have not taken advantage of TASS training, be sure to watch our calendar schedule. Typically training are FREE for members and a small fee to guest.

Training Documents are visible to Members Only and you must log into your membership account to access the documents.

NOTE: Slide presentation training document must be downloaded to fun and display videos.

Training Documents

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