Texas Sailing celebrates over 50 years in serving the Austin sailing community with our annual Open House. This year's event will be bigger and better than ever before with seminars and activities for both members, experienced sailors, and those interested in sailing.
This all-day Open House offers several seminars for both novices to experienced sailor. For planning purposes, we do require an RSVP to ensure adequate space for all interested parties.
In the afternoon, we will host a fun, social sailing event based on our popular Corporate Team Building Events. Captain and crews are welcome to join in the fun.
Those interested in learning to sail, or simply wishing to join in the fun, can reserve a spot on a boat with one of Texas Sailing's captains. We will provide 1 hour of pre-event training allowing you to help crew the boat.
Schedule of Events
9:30 am - "Lake Travis Anchorages & Destinations"
We share our 20 plus years of exploring and enjoying Lake Travis' many destinations. We provide recommended spots depending on time of year, lake level, and wind conditions and directions. Learn from our experience about approaches to different locations, what to avoid and what to enjoy.
10:30 am - "Third Sail Options for the Cruising Sailor" (Stream 1)
In this session, we explore the different options for third sail options (spinnakers, drifters, CodeZero, etc.) Advances in technology make these choices even easier for cruising sailors to enjoy. We explore in more details our recommendation for Lake Travis sailing for easy hoisting, dousing, and sailing fun and efficiently.
10:30 am - "From Novice to Captain - Sail Training Explored" (Stream 2)
In this session, we explore the different options available for learning how to sail. We examine the differences between the different certification programs, US Sail, American Sailing Association and NauticEd.. For experienced sailors, we highlight advanced training options for coastal cruising, Captain certifications, etc.
11:30 pm - "Beer Can Racing Seminar" (Stream 1 )
Beer Can races are fun, casual sailing events designed for sailors who are primarily cruisers but love friendly competition. This session introduces the fundamentals of the event with a few targeted topics for safety and performance. This includes a review of right of ways, rounding the mark, boats near shoreline, We will also cover start-line tactics and some fun tools to help with performance.
11:30 pm - "Pre-Sail Instruction" (Stream 2)
This stream is designed for our guests to be active crew during our "Social Sail On The Water". It is mandatory for guests before the afternoon sail. Following our "team building event format", we quickly cover sailing safety, what makes a sailboat move, what lines to pull and why so guests can be active crew sailing in the 2 pm session.
12:30 am - Celebrate Texas Sailing
Early lunch like snacks and beverages while enjoying Texas Sailing slide show and commentary on great memories from 2017 and what to expect in 2018. We celebrate over 50 years in serving the Lake Travis sailing community.
1:30 pm - Head to the Boats
2:00 pm - "Fun On the Water"
In the afternoon, we host a fun social, competitive sailing event fashioned after our popular team building events. Be sure to sign-up and RSVP for the event.
We will offer limited per-seat opportunities to sail with a Texas Sailing Captain aboard one of our Beneteau boats. A donation is required to reserve a spot. Boat owners can also join in the fun, simply let us know in advance so we can plan accordingly.
4:00 pm - Closing Ceremony - (Common Stream)
Boats return to the dock and are available for viewing. Light refreshments available while enjoying casual social time on our courtesy dock, speaking with fellow sailors, members and Texas Sailing staff.
PLEASE RSVP AND LET US KNOW IF YOU WILL BE ATTENDING. We do require a small donation to this year's preferred charity to hold a seat on our "Social Sail".
We look forward to sharing Texas Sailing's extraordinary sailing experiences with you~_/)~~
Call Carol for more information