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Skipper Qualifications at Liberty Sailing Club

Becoming a Skipper 
Experienced sailors who can prove sufficient on-the-water experience in handling a J27, or a similar boat, in varying wind and weather conditions, and have obtained an ASA Coastal Cruising certification, can join or upgrade to a Skipper Membership.

To become a Skipper you must take an on-the-water test with a flag officer. Racing skippers must take a racing rules test. Skippers can helm boats during racing and sign boats out for cruising.

Liberty Sailing Club Skipper Qualifications 

  1. To be eligible to join as a Liberty Sailing Club Skipper or upgrade to a Liberty Sailing Club Skipper, a person must have completed an ASA Coastal Cruising course or have equivalent experience AND have sufficient on-the-water experience in handling a J27, or a similar boat, in varying wind and weather conditions. 
  2. In addition, the person must demonstrate boat handling skills on the water to a club Flag Officer including leaving and returning to the dock under power, heaving to, reefing, and crew overboard recovery. 
  3. Only skippers may sign boats out for cruising. Other crew members may helm the boat during cruising with the skipper retaining full responsibility for safety of the boat and crew. 
  4. Only racings skippers or racing skipper candidates may helm boats during regular season (non-frostbite). Racing skipper candidates may take the helm only under the direction of a racing skipper. 
  5. Skippers who wish to become racing skippers must first take and pass a racing rules test, then serve as a co-skipper (racing skipper candidate) for at least one series before becoming a Racing Skipper. 
  6. Racing skippers must pass a racing rules test at the beginning of each racing season. 
  7. Upgrade to a Liberty Sailing Club skipper must be accompanied by the additional dues required at the time of upgrade.