There are two ways to qualify as a Rhodes 19 skipper:
(1) The Yacht Club conducts a two-week basic course for MWR that meets in the classroom on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 1900-2100 and on the water Saturday 0800-1200, and Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings 1700-1900. This course is geared toward novice skippers who are not qualified in keelboats. Sign up at the Marina Office. Some information on this basic course is at the navigation bar on the left side of this web page.
(2) If the two-week course does not fit your schedule and you have significant experience as a skipper in other sailboats, contact the Marina Office. Show them your qualification card from other MWR marinas or from US Sailing, US Naval Sailing or American Sail Training Association. You may be given to challenge the Mate A written exam on local rules and navigation rules. Plan on about a week lead time between your request and an on-the-water check out. Qualifiers will provide familiarization with the rigging features particular to the Rhodes 19 and will check to see that you are capable of sailing the boat.
You must have already acquired the necessary sailing skills. Be prepared to provide one crewman. The qualifier will not act as your crew. If schedules can be arranged so that multiple individuals are being checked out, you will crew for each other. You must have your NAVSTA/MWR Qualification Card on file with the Marina and evidence of previous qualification at another duty station or equivalent sailing experience. You are encouraged to find an opportunity to sail with a Rhodes skipper for familiarization before your checkout.
You are responsible for paying the normal boat rental fee to the marina during your checkout sail.
Contact the Rhodes 19 Fleet Captain for more information.