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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Only racings skippers or racing skipper candidates may helm boats during racing. Racing skipper candidates may take the helm only under the direction of a racing skipper.
- 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.
- Racing skippers must pass a racing rules test at the beginning of each racing season.
- Upgrade to a Liberty Sailing Club skipper must be accompanied by the additional dues required at the time of upgrade.