San Francisco Bay Skipper Starts with 103
To ASA-101, add the freedom of sailing in semi-open waters of the challenging San Francisco Bay with Confidence. Learn about tides and current and how to sail smart through them. Introduction to Navigation using charts to plot then sail a compass course as a zero visibility exercise everyone loves. Add emergency drills and drills for safety at sea. Certified when able to cruise safely in local and regional waters as either skipper or crew on an auxiliary powered sailboat up to 30/32 feet in length, in moderate winds and sea conditions. PM Lecture, 4 days sailing on SF Bay waters + 2 optional practice days. Usually taken over 2 weekends.
The pros say you are only as good as your last docking. The most damage is done in and round the marinas - not some adventurous tale of battles with wind and wave. Learn to dock like a champ in just 2 days. There are a few important tricks we can show you to be able to handle a variety of boats. If your own boat is a challenge, bring it to class. Fits with Bay Skipper or Chartering.
Get Charter Ready for World-wide dream vacations in waters brisk or warm. This next series is what rental companies are looking for and you want to complete. Bare Boat Chartering, Coastal Navigation and perhaps Cruising Multi-Hull combine as a passport to adventures.
ASA-104 BARE-BOAT CHARTERING (3 days)
Friday, meet in the AM to prepare the boat. Sail the Bay to a mooring field the first night. The 2nd day use your CON skills to sail both day and night in the North Bay. After the night sail, anchor the 2nd night. In BBC learn 5 ways to anchor, COB - Quick Stop style, add diesel troubleshooting and how to dock a larger vessel. Great course that includes a fun live-a-board trip. Most sought after certification for Vacation Charters and Insurance companies for owners of mid size to large boats up to 50 feet.
Are we there yet? If not when? What course do I drive? Coastal Navigation is how to determine these important questions. When fog rolls in, the rain pounds, the sun sets, or the horizon is without land in sight, a crew counts on the navigator and/or skipper to answer correctly and quickly. Certified via a test that demonstrates knowledge of theory and charting skills required to safely navigate a sailing vessel in coastal or inland waters.
Cruising Multi-Hulls are a very popular choice for sailing vacations. There is less heel and many designs of modern production Cats can sail a bit faster than the average mono-hull. Learn about the differences in how they handle under sail and power. Get used to the wide hulls in docking starting with a 2008 Gemini 10.5. Once certified, charter this beauty for San Francisco Bay day or vacation sailing. PM Lecture plus 2 full days sailing SF Bay
Thinking of Oceans to cross and coasts to explore? Start with two days of 'Sea Legs'. Perhaps try a weekend at a near port. Then head offshore with the next series for sailors with Ocean dreams.
Sailing in open waters means being prepared to take care of your boat, crew and get them from point A to B safely. Sail down then back up this challenging stretch of the Northern CA coast in a week long adventure. Excellent course for those interested in cruising, sailing in open waters or ocean racing. It usually takes 3 days to get used to the way the ocean waves roll. Suggest an Ocean Intro prior to this course. Full week - or as two weekends - Friday noon to Sunday PM.
Master the art that aided all those who followed Columbus across the oceans of the world. Celestial Navigation continues as a back up for serious navigators and for ocean cruisers. The game - how close can you get comparing to a GPS. The purpose - When a GPS fails, ready to work out courses on your own. (8 Evening classes or a 1 week course.) ASA - Celestial Nav Short Version (4 evenings or over a weekend - available summer - register now)
Dreaming of sailing further offshore? If your dreams include sailing away, there is a course for you. Requires all previous courses plus preparation homework. The course includes sailing over 100 miles from shore where the reflection waves stop and it is just the roll from the ocean swells or clashing weather systems. Plan, prepare a boat, provision for the trip, store all gear then sail away and back over a week. Summer courses only - can enroll now.
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