Sailing instructor Don Gallagher will present a seminar on “The How Tos and What Knots of Knots and Splicing” at 9 a.m. Saturday, January 21, at the Yankee Point Racing and Cruising Club, 734 Oak Hill Road, Lancaster.
The seminar is designed for both sail boaters and power boat users, and also according to YPRCC Commodore Win Schwab, “non-boaters who may be waiting on the dock and just want to make sure they don’t look foolish when they help secure the lines.”
Gallagher is a longtime resident of White Stone and has been certified as a sailing instructor by the U.S. Sailing Association and the American Sailing Association, according to fleet captain Anker Madsen. He is best known at YPRCC for his patience and teaching skills and for utilizing practical presentation aids that make it easy for sailors of all skill levels to learn.
Gallagher uses lines, ropes and cleat-bollards of varying lengths and sizes in his presentation, said Madsen. It’s a good idea for attendees to bring their own rope for practice.
“The more you tie a knot, the better you’ll remember how to do it,” he said.
Gallagher, who has been boating since 1972, currently sails and races High Hopes, an O’Day 25, and Swampy, a Helsen 22. He will teach how to do the most frequently used knots and where to use what knot.
His class is open to YPRCC members, guests and the public. The class will extend to about 2 p.m. and lunch will be available at noon. There is no charge for the seminar but there is a small fee for lunch.
Contact Madsen at sankermadsen@gmailcom, or firstname.lastname@example.org to make your lunch reservation.