That noisy machine under the floorboards can cause fear in the heart of many auxiliary sailors for lack of knowing the basics of trouble shooting problems with an engine. Two days get comfortable answering - What is that noise? Why did the temperature spike? Learn key maintenance items and how to fix most common issues. Great class ( 2 days)
Race or Cruising these are fun reaching sails. Cruising Spinnakers are perfect for the cruising couple of family. Require minimal gear and create little trouble if handled right. Any spinnaker can cause damage if not set, tacked or taken down properly. To extend the wind angles we have a few tricks to share, too. (2 day course)
Start learning to dance on the foredeck. Understand the terms and common slang. Understand all 5+ jobs. How Point, pit and helm make a whole. Learn the art of the Sewer Rat -how to pull in, pack and set up in the flat waters of the Oakland Alameda Estuary. Set-fly-douse, Set- fly-gybe-gybe douse. End for End or Dip-Pole. Peals?
Learn Spinnaker on San Francisco Bay. It’s GREAT! Once able to fly a ‘Chute’ on the Bay the rest seems easy. Work behind islands till the basics of how to deal with common problems then out into the open Central Bay waters. Finish with a run from the Gate. It is exciting sailing. Can work with both Asym and Tri.
Learn the rules of the game starting in a place where people sail very close but the sailing is safe, fun yet relaxed. Estuary races occur year round - one weekend a month Nov-March or a Wed evening May to September. We enter at least one boat in a Mid-Winter and have one ready to join a Beer Can series when this is requested.
Oh yeah. The adrenaline version where sailing becomes a real sport. Bay racing can get very exciting. Often this is a special event race or mid-winter. There are many opportunities to get aboard a race boat on SF Bay. If you know what is going on and how to help you tend to get asked back to the fun boats.
Must have taken Spinnaker to race with a spinnaker.This is a progression from white sails to tight quarter sailing with the more challenging addition of spinnakers. Start in the Estuary without balance worry. (Classroom an 2 races.)
In the Bay the possibility of becoming dis-masted or tangled up with another boat is a real one when spinnakers are involved. There are ways to control a spinnaker in the SF Bay conditions that make it safe and fun. Mark rounding and teamwork are much more critical - get timing, signals and moves down.
Coastal Navigation ASA-105 course in a classroom series. It covers the key skills in the books but skips other valued methods to determine location, course and ETAs. Prior to a 5 day ocean adventure or ocean passage. Many want more training to be able to work below with confidence and provide vital information for an ocean crew. Key skills review included. Held aboard a boat in part if possible.
Learn how to set up a boat for offshore sailing. When ready, shove off to begin acquiring ‘sea legs’ to simply enjoy sailing in the open ocean. Strongly suggest two days, before a 5 day Ocean 106- ACC. Helps to get over sea sickness
Perhaps you’ve read about what to do if the weather wears you out or becomes dangerous for your boat - but have you tried these techniques?