2 Introduction Welcome to UCI Sailing Our program introduces you to sailing through the use of our fleet of Capri s. These boats are ideal for learning. They are safe, well built and easy to sail, yet they still offer a challenge to the more experienced sailor and racer. As a participant in the program, you will be responsible for taking proper care of the boat and equipment and for conducting yourself in a safe and sportsmanlike manner at all times. This manual is designed to help you in your initial learning phases and to act as a reference guide as you continue to sail. We hope you will use this as a beginning point. There are many great books and references on sailing that you can use to help increase your knowledge as you progress. Before going sailing you need to be prepared. Wear closed-toed shoes and dress for the weather. It is usually cooler on the water than on campus, so dress appropriately including bringing a jacket. Sunglasses, a hat or visor and sunscreen area must for sun protection. Remember to bring extra clothing to change into if you get wet.