TCBC offering sailing course; time to apply for TWRA quota hunts

The TCBC is offering an eight-week sailing course on Watauga Lake.

The eight-class course, which runs from June 26 through Aug. 21, begins at 6 p.m. on consecutive Monday evenings and ends at dusk. Classes are being held at the Sail Dock at Watauga Lake’s Lakeshore Marina.

Each class includes both classroom and on-the-water training and offers basic skills and knowledge of the sport. Students must provide their own life jackets to be worn during the on-the-water portion of the class.

Rich Moakler, chair of the Education Committee of the Tri-Cities Boating Club, said this sailing course was created to serve the needs of the novice or non-sailor as well as the experienced sailor.

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The course starts with basic sailboat designs and nomenclature, rigging, safety and sail processes. It then tackles the physical aspects of sailing forces and techniques, sail applications, marlinespike, helmsmanship and handling of more difficult sailing conditions and navigation rules, and includes an introduction to heavy weather sailing.

The course costs $50 for TCBC and Watauga Lake Sailing Club members and $100 for non-club members. The fee includes all required learning materials.

For more information, contact Steve Brumit at (423) 737-9922 or swbrumit@gmail.com.

The Tri-Cities Boating Club, a unit of the U.S. Power Squadron, offers programs that educate individuals on safe boating while also having fun on the water and supporting community projects.

It’s application time for TWRA quota hunts

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s application period for the 2017 Wildlife Management Area big game quota hunts, the regular elk, youth elk and WMA youth hunts opened June 14 and runs though July 26.

Entries must be submitted before midnight Central time on July…

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