Four free sailing seminars designed to familiarize novices with the basics of piloting a fixed-keel boat will be offered at Parks and Recreation Department headquarters in April and May.

Presented by the nonprofit Community Sailing of Fairfield, the sessions are planned at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 22; Monday, April 29; Wednesday, May 1; and Friday May 3.

Parks and Recreation headquarters is at 75 Mill Plain Road.

Based at Southport Harbor, Community Sailing operates under the auspices of Parks and Rec. The club owns a pair of day sailers and several kayaks that are available to members, the club said in a news release.

The opening seminar on April 22 will provide at overview of the organization, the club said. The three subsequent classroom sessions will cover basics of sailing and safety issues.

Club membership requires annual dues.

Community Sailing members may participate in weekly races hosted by the Pequot Yacht Club in Southport, the organization said, and may race its boats in area regattas.

The club also has a "buddy system" that allows novices to sail with experienced skippers to develop their skills, according to the release.

Annual family membership dues range from $250 for Kayak-only to $395 for full-week sailing. Discounts are offered for weekday-only sailing and senior citizens.

The club in late march elected Walter Siemon of Fairfield as its president, replacing Christen Von Ancken, who moved from the area. Siemon has more than 50 years experience sailing in the Fairfield-Westport area, the club said, and he previously was the club's treasurer.

Community sailing was founded in 1995 and was incorporated as a nonprofit in 1996, according to the release.

For more information about Community Sailing, visit www.communitysailingfairfield.webs.com