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Topaz Ranger Lesson

Wednesday, Sep 20, 2023 (2:00 pm - 5:30 pm)

Leader: Will Beatty
Required ratings:
Topaz Ranger Rigging Attendance

Event Information


Event Information: This three-and-a-half-hour lesson will focus on the skills needed to safely and effectively sail a Topaz Ranger both with and without a spinnaker. Students will have the chance to practice rigging, boat handling, landing, flying the spinnaker, and capsizing procedures. Emphasis is placed on learning about asymmetrical spinnakers and refining advanced dinghy skills. This lesson will contain both on-land and on-the-water components.

Optionally, you can review the Ranger Rigging Checklist here.


The Topaz Ranger lesson progression is as follows:

  1. Topaz Ranger Rigging Lesson: you will learn rigging and degrigging the boat
  2. Watch these videos at home before you sign up for a regular lesson:
  3. Topaz Ranger Lesson: you will learn to sail the boat and will have the opportunity to earn a rating.


Location: This lesson will meet under the yellow canopy next to the lake lab. If you are unable to find your instructor, or if there is inclement weather, please check in with the Outdoor UW Office.

Prerequisites: Topaz Ranger Rigging Attendance. You should have practiced sailing dinghies and feel comfortable with the advanced boats before taking this class.

Students who take this lesson will be working toward earning their Ranger Light rating. It may take several lessons to achieve proficiency in the skills that constitute the rating. Ratings are given at the discretion of the Instructor.


Post-Lesson Resources:

Instructor Evaluation Form

Incident & Accident Reporting

Event Type
Lesson / Training (ratings may be achieved)
Cancellation, Reschedule, and Refund Information
If this event is cancelled more than 24 hours in advance, participants will be notified via the email associated with their membership account. If the event needs to be cancelled within 24 hours of the event start time, the instructor will call each participant individually via the phone number associated with their membership account. We ask that students remove themselves from a lesson as soon as they know they will be unable to attend; lessons dropped within 24 hours of the lesson's start time will be considered a Late Drop. If you no-show for a lesson without informing the instructor, they may temporarily suspend your lesson sign-up privileges.
Equipment/ Gear Required by Participant
This event will occur either partly or primarily on the water. Participants should wear attire they can move easily in and are comfortable getting wet. Close-toed shoes are required on all Hoofer craft. Lifejackets will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer. Use of sunglasses, sunscreen, and a water bottle are strongly encouraged.
Food and Equipment Information
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Registration Count

Registration Type Registrations Remaining
All Participants 6 0
Waiting List 0 1