Sailing Levels

O'pen BIC Sailing Levels

Level 1 - Novice (Fresh Fish): Sail with Crew. Learning how to sit on the rail. Learning how to sheet in and out. Learning how to steer with a tiller. Learning how to see the wind. Learning how to right a boat from capsize. Learning how to rig a boat.

Level 2 - Advanced Beginner: Learning how to sheet-in and drive in light winds (mostly with crew).

Knows how to see the wind. Knows how to right the boat from capsize. Knows the basics on how to rig a boat. Can name the basic parts of the boat.

Learning the rules of sailing and basic knots.

Level 3 - Intermediate: Single handed driving up to 15 knots. Level 3 sailors may sail Friday nights in winds under 10 knots and are invited to participate in regattas with predicted wind under 15 knots.
Able to hike out, sheet in & and sheet out to the wind.
Knows how to see and read the wind. Knows the basic rules of sailing: Right-of-way (port, starboard, windward, leeward, overlap). Knows how to rig the boat. Must be able to finish a race.

Level 4 - Advanced-Intermediate: Single handed sailing (with no instruction). Can sail in winds over 15 knots.

Sheet in all the way up wind, go down wind and reach. Can read tell-tales. 
Races competitively; including good starts and appoint tactics.
Knows the rules of competitive sailing including basic flags. Knows how to tune a sail based on conditions. 

Level 5 - Advanced: Place top 3 positions in some races.

Level 6 - Expert: Assistant in coaching: Able to instruct with forward thought, maturity, patience, and confidence.  

Note: In order to progress to the next level, sailor must perfect skills of current level. Every level (except 1) includes skills of previous level(s) and the current skill set.

Contact Us


Hawaii Kai Boat Club
PO Box 26021
Honolulu, HI 96825-6021


Please note this address is for mailing purposes only and is not the location of HKBC.
Our regular meetings and youth sailing program are based from the boat club room and docks of The Shack Hawaii Kai.


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