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Learn How to Sail In Our
Learning At The Helm Program


Would you like to learn how to sail from experienced skippers and become involved in our fun-filled sailing community?

You’re invited to participate in the PPYC Learning at the Helm (LATH) program, our introductory sailing course open to anyone 18 and older with an interest in sailing. There is no charge for this program. And you will actually get to sail on a sailboat!

The goal of LATH is to share our passion for the sport and promote sailing within Percy Priest Yacht Club (PPYC)
Qualified PPYC skippers will provide a basic introduction to sailboats and on-the-water sailing instruction each week. Besides giving newcomers a great way to try out a new sport, we have a great time on the lake. Our fun-filled evenings give everyone a chance to experience the thrill of sailing. Sailing is one of few sports that can be enjoyed by an individual as well as an entire family.

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How to Attend a Learning At The Helm Evening

Because space on boats is limited and spots can't be guaranteed, we request that you pre-register via the PPYC website each week. This allows the LATH directors to plan ahead so that participants can get out on the water as soon as possible. Those who have registered through the website will have priority over those who just show up at the marina for placement on sailboats.

Dates and Time: Every Tuesday, May through Labor Day, at 5:00pm

Location: Meet on the deck at  Hamilton Creek Marina

When you arrive, visit the registration desk where you will be matched up with a skipper. Current Covid restrictions will be in place 


Requirements: Must be 18 or older. Pre-registration is strongly advised. Anyone participating in the LATH program for the first time must sign a Waiver and Release Agreement [click button below] that will cover you for the season. Newcomers are welcome at any LATH evening.

How To Register for a Learning At The Helm Evening ...
The Event Calendar, which is accessible on our Home page is our official way to register for Events and Activities, including LATH. For general information to post on your calendar for planning purposes, though, recurring events such as LATH occur on the schedules mentioned on their associated pages — as for LATH just above.

Click here to access the Events Calendar now: Events

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How to Prepare for a Learning at the Helm Class


Weather cancellation:

We do not sail during thunderstorms, heavy winds or heavy rains.  In years past, if weather conditions did not permit safe sailing, we held a “Chalk Talk” (classroom style) lesson on the clubhouse deck.  In 2021 this will not be possible until Covid restrictions are eased.

It is important that LATH participants come prepared for sailing by bringing the following:

  • Comfortable and loose-fitting clothing for ease in moving around the boat, and as appropriate for the expected temperature
  • Rain jacket if rain is expected
  • Soft-soled shoes with white soles (no flip flops, dress shoes, hiking boots, cowboy boots, etc.)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Bottle of water
  • Sunscreen (lotion, not spray)
  • A PFD (personal flotation device, i.e., a life jacket) is also recommended.  All boats will have the number of PFDs required, but if you have your own, it would be good if you brought that with you. 

Continue to Expand Your Sailing Skills by Becoming a Member

After two evenings of sailing in our LATH program, if you like the sport of sailing and would like to continue participation in the LATH program, applying to become a Provisional PPYC Member is expected