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Do your skills need winterizing? If so, check out lecture series


J/World's winter lecture series offers a chance to refine sailing skills under the instruction of the area's best sailor/teachers, including Jim Brady, Brad Dellenbaugh, Dave Flynn, Chris Larson and Jahn Tihansky with a four-class offering over a five-week period.

All classes start this week, with each class running from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., one evening a week, at J/World's classroom facility at 213 Eastern Ave. in Eastport.

The four course options include sessions on crewing technique, racing strategy and tactics, racing rules and sail trim.

Meeting on Monday evenings is "Improve Your Crewing Technique," an entry-level course for those interested in getting into performance sailing, covering the fundamentals of sail trimming and boat handling in a classroom format, complete with role playing and props.

The objective is to provide a basic working knowledge to students so they can be comfortable aboard in a short period of time. It is billed as a good crew-training opportunity.

J/World also plans to schedule weekend sailing with the class over the winter to help with the introduction.

On Tuesdays, J/World offers "Sail Trim for Speed," an in-depth look at all aspects of performance sail trim. It is offered particularly for racing sailors who might not be completely confident of their sail-trimming skills.

Students will learn gear-shifting as well as secrets for powering up in light air and depowering in heavy air. Discussions will cover each sail in a racing inventory and go through the effects of every possible on-board adjustment.

Wednesday evenings are for "Understanding the Racing Rules and Their Application." Using Dave Perry's book, "Understanding the Yacht Racing Rules," as a guide, the course will cover the application of each rule, particularly those from Part IV of the rule book.

The class will include lots of role playing and situational discussions. Students also will learn protest procedures and how to use appeals.

"Racing Strategy and Tactics" will meet on Thursdays, offering a comprehensive trip around the race course from pre-start preparation and game plan development to upwind and downwind strategies. The course primarily is oriented toward buoy racing, but also will include discussions of distance racing strategy.

Cost for any of the four series is $199 per person, or $179 for groups of two or more, or for multiple class selections. Special full crew prices also are available.

Class sizes are limited to 20 students to maintain close interaction. Full tuition is required to reserve classroom space; MasterCard and VISA are accepted. Course materials will be available at an extra charge.

Participants in these classes will receive a $100 discount on any of the 1994 weeklong J/World classes.

For information or to register, call Jahn Tihansky at (410) 280-2040 or (800) 966-2038.

Adult boating classes

The Office of Continuing Education of the Anne Arundel County Public Schools will offer four courses for boating enthusiasts, beginning the week of Feb. 28 at local high schools.

The courses are entitled "Boat Maintenance and Repair," "Boating Safety and Seamanship," "Coastal Piloting" and "Marlinspike Seamanship: Knots & Splices."

The courses will be held at Annapolis, Severna Park and South River high schools. For information on tuition, class sites and schedules, call (410) 222-5385.

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