500 Sails offers free sailing classes

Posted on Apr 07 2021

File photo shows previous Lalåyak students and teachers. (Contributed Photo)

500 Sails will be resuming its Lalayak Project, or sailing classes, starting April 11. All classes are free and will take place at Guma Sakman in Susupe.

The classes, which are for adults and teenagers with parental consent, is from 8am-10am (before Sunday Sails program) and end on May 23, 2021.

Participants must pass a swim tests on the first day of class (400-meter swim and 1-hour treading water)

There are seven classes. Three of the classes are on land, four in/on the sea. In addition, 10 practice sails must be completed as a crew.

The Lalåyak Project uses a curriculum of basic sailing skills developed by master navigator Cecilio Raiukiulipiy and 500 Sails co-founder Peter Perez. Classes are taught by previous cohort members, 500 Sails staff, and Raiukiulipiy as available. 500 Sails is looking for people willing to give back to the community as instructors in future Lalåyak classes.

Both a written test and a practical test must be passed as part of the final exam in order to be certified as “mågus” (skipper) or crew. The final exam is scheduled for June 20, 2021.

These Lalåyak classes are in addition to the Sunday Sails program run by master navigator Mario Benito that takes place from 10am-2pm, giving rides and introductory sailing experiences to new sailors.

For additional information email info@500sails.org or call 285-4268. (PR)

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