Learn to Sail Vacation – ASA 103, 104 and 114 Combo, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Cruising and Cruising Catamaran Certifications
This is a 5-day/4-night private live-aboard course. You will not be sharing the accommodations on the yacht with other students who you do not know.
Information about the Course
In this course, you will learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered keelboat, by day, in moderate wind and sea conditions. Learn cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship.
For a full list of all 52 topics (knowledge and skills) that will be covered click below.
In this course, you will learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30′-45′ sailboat during a multi-day cruise, upon inland/coastal waters, in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more.
For a full list of all 55 topics (knowledge and skills) plus knots that will be covered click below.
In this course, you will learn to skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran during a multi-day live aboard cruise upon coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions. Learn catamaran structure, components and features, performance under sail and power, boat systems, seamanship and safety, heavy weather operation, and emergency response.
For a full list of all 57 topics (knowledge and skills) plus knots that will be covered click below.
Prerequisite – ASA 101
Boat utilized and description – 4 days on a Beneteau 38.1 and 1 day on a 2019 Lagoon 450 Catamaran
This is an attractive 40 or 45 foot catamaran with 3 cabins and 3 bathrooms. This is a top of the line cruising model with all the comforts and features to make learning fun and safe. Features include: flat top mainsail, furling genoa, dodger and bimini, anchor windlass, autopilot, radar, GPS, and color chartplotter.
Boat location – The Vue Marina, Newport Beach, CA
The boat will be docked at the Vue Marina. This marina has some very nice facilities and is one of the best destinations in Southern California. This is also where the boat will be docked for the first two nights of your overnight stay. Some of the features that make this a great location are:
- Ample free parking
- Lots of good restaurants and bars nearby
- Coffee shops across the street
- Bike, rollerblade and Segway rentals within a block
- Large grocery store, 3 blocks away – Pavilions
- John Wayne (SNA) Airport, 6 miles away
- Balboa Island within a mile
- Newport Pier a block away
- Art Museums of Laguna Beach within 12 miles
- Disneyland, 20 miles away
- Numerous hotels and resorts within just a few miles
- The famed Balboa Bay Club, where John Wayne use to hang out, less than a mile from the marina
What’s included –
- ASA 103, 104 and 114 textbooks “Coastal Cruising Made Easy, Bareboat Cruising Made Easy and Cruising Catamarans Made Easy”
- Fuel, insurance, and safety gear (including life jackets)
- High quality bedding (duvet in Fall, Winter and Spring; cotton blanket in Summer) along with fitted sheets and your choice of pillows (exact selection based on availability)
- Comfortable, upgraded mattresses. If you are going to “live” on a boat, you should be comfortable!
- Bath towel, hand towel, beach towel, and dish towels
- Fully equipped galley with refrigerator, sink, oven, stove, pots, pans, dishes, silverware, cooking utensils, glasses, cups and coffee mugs. BBQ outside in the cockpit
- Hot water in the sinks and showers. “No cold showers for this sailor, thank you very much!”
- Stereo with speakers inside the cabin and outside in the cockpit
- The boat is also stocked with 15 disposable items for your convenience. (Click here for a list)
- Cleaning and washing after your stay. It wouldn’t be a vacation if you had to clean up!