The Old Cove YC Keelboat Cruising class is taught on a J24, an international One-Design keelboat class built by J/Boats The J/24 was created to fulfill the diverse needs of recreational sailors such as cruising, one design racing, day sailing, and handicap racing The J/24 class has more than 50,000 people sailing 5,500 boats worldwide; it is established in nearly 40 countries with well over 150 active fleets, and is still considered the "gold standard" for modern one-design keelboats around the world. It is the world's most popular One-Design keelboat as measured by hulls produced. Students in the OCYC Keelboat Cruising program will learn to recognize and forecast prevailing local weather conditions and will be exposed to basic navigation (using charts, determining position of a destination, intended track and approximate travel time to that destination) as well as obtain and utilize relevant tide and current information. Students will furthermore learn to sail the J24 (winch operation and the proper procedure for clearing a fouled winch, tying and use of knots, and use of sail controls). They will also be taught to steer a compass course with changes in course to a given destination and learn helm and boat control in a variety of wind and sea conditions. Furthermore students will be taught helmsman and crew coordination and skills for departure and return under power from a mooring, as well as proper anchoring. Also will be taught are emergency procedures and overboard rescue methods.
Students will learn to sail the J24 boats themselves, accompanied by an OCYC instructor. If conditions cooperate they may even practice a MOB drill by rescuing one of their instructors.
Keelboat Cruising students meet twice per week, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm.