Learn to Sail with the Tucson Sailing Club


A shining winter’s day in Tucson, at Silverbell Lake

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One Winter’s Day in Tucson, a determined group of new sailors took their final exam.  It was a skills test, designed to show their instructor how they would apply the Basic Sailing classroom lessons from the weeks before.  They knew their port from their starboard, their luff from their leech. This day’s hands-on challenge:  pilot a small sailboat and return to the shore.  Extra credit for keeping the boat with its mast upright!  The mast is that tall pointy thing where the sail is raised — when the keel is pointing up, the sailor would definitely be wet.  (Students are discouraged from performing that maneuver.)

Very few nicer ways to spend an afternoon!

Very few nicer ways to spend an afternoon!


There are a lot of “pointy things” on a sailboat.  If you would like to learn what those things are called and how to use them, you are an excellent candidate for Beginning Sailing Lessons.  Knowledgeable and experienced Tucson Sailing Club members will prepare you to take your maiden voyage, with both classroom and hands-on instruction.

For more information on upcoming lessons and to register for click HERE.

Fair winds!

NOTE:  Our 2017 Sailing Lessons are complete.  Check back in early 2018 for next year’s lesson dates.


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There was a nice turn out which included several of the newest group to take the TSC sailing lessons.

The weather was great almost all day for the 8 contenders that wanted to take the trophy from last trophy race winner.  After several elimination races, long time member Richard Sebastian took the trophy home.  Tremendous  job!  That was after spending the weekend teaching sailing class people what it’s like actually on the water.  At some point there were new sailors getting their on the water lessons during the racing.  The lake was busy.

Mardi and Bob Burden had the barbecue hot and ready to cook.  The food was wonderful.  Members out did themselves with side dishes galore.

How long has this race been held in the Spring and Fall?  Fred Ray, the creator of the Top Gun Trophy, challenged “anyone that thinks they can take it away from me, try!”.  The gauntlet was thrown and challenge accepted. That first race was in April 1989. There have been many races since then.



The 2017 TSC sail class was a resounding success.  Thirty seven people attended the evening classes, the success of which was due in no small part to Mike Mulcahy, who handled the applications, taught some of the lessons with me & helped arrange parts the power point presentations.   Thirty students showed up at the lake – eventually.

We arrived at the lake, Saturday morning 1/2 hour before our first students were supposed to arrive only to find about 400 people there for a run around the lake event. Cars were parked all the way to Silverbell Road. & a band stand was blocking the launch ramp. Although not planned we fortunately we were able to reschedule those students into the next day. Catherine Westerband’s doughnuts helped ease the stress of that 1st hour. 

Thanks to our Saturday instructors, Glen Brostedt, John Callor, & Miguel Guzman. Special thanks to Rick & Gay George for their tireless help both days as well as Keven Walker & commodore Marshall  who also put in two 12 hour days. Paul Bear & Trent also helped and lastly Patrick O’Kane, who is not even a member put in over 12 hours.

At least 8 students have filled out applications to join the club.  I hope club members will make an effort to introduce themselvesto these folks and make them feel welcome at our next meeting.

So if you would like to learn how to maneuver a sailboat, you are an excellent candidate for Beginning Sailing Lessons. Knowledgeable and experienced Tucson Sailing Club members will prepare you to take your maiden voyage, with both classroom and hands-on instruction.  Fair winds!

Dick Sebastian
Chief Instructor


Starting in September of 2016 monthly club meetings will be held at Brother John’s at 1801 N Stone Ave (the old Wildcat House location).  PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CLUB MEETINGS WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAYS INSTEAD OF WEDNESDAYS but still at 7:00 PM.  Happy hour prices will extend to 7:00 PM for TSC members so come early for dinner and drinks.

Brother John’s (520) 867-6787




  1. Sean Shifflette

    I just went to San Diego with my son for summer camp, I went sailing for 5 days and had a blast. I would like to look into actually taking a sailing class and getting my family out on the lake in a sail boat. Whom could I talk to about these questions?

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  3. When do you give sailing lessons?
    Where do you sail?

    • We have been offering sailing lessons in March or April though no dates have been set for 2017. The lessons are given on Silverbell Lake at Christopher Columbus park. Check back in March for more information.

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