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ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising Sailing Class
Class is generally conducted over a Fri, Sat, and Sun but the schedule does vary. The skill set taught at this level centers around the student learning how to sail in regional waters in moderate sea conditions during the daytime. You'd be surprized how fast things happen on a sailboat. The student must learn to be aware of the current conditions and think ahead of the boat to plan and organize your crew.
We start with a quick review of 101 material then we progress into the 103 curriculum. The students provision the boat and the class departs near noon. We will spend two nights out, one night in a marina and the other at anchor, (this is mosquito and weather dependent). We review and test Fri & Sat evenings. Mornings are for planning, weather check, and navigation. There are 6 area marinas within 3 - 6 hours sailing time. There are also many good anchorages depending on the weather. Class ends at 5:00PM on the evening of the third day. Some students bring fishing poles hoping to catch a Red Fish or a Speckled Trout while we are at anchor. Let us know ahead of time so we can make a plan.

Day 1
School begins on Friday morning in our classroom at 9:00 with introductions and a quick review of ASA 101 skills. The class then moves into a review of the Basic Coastal Cruising elements. Positions are assigned and whoever is number One, (1), will plot the course to that days destination and convert it to a log that can be taken on deck. We'll take a quick break and meet at our boat, probably a 31' Hunter. Next, a quick introduction to your new home for 3 days accompanied by a review of the sailing lexicon and storing the provisions will take us up to a lunch break. Most students prefer to eat this meal at a local restaurant or to delay it and then prepare lunch while we are underway, majority rules.

We depart Corpus Christi around 12:00 or 13:00 using the navigation charted by a student while we were in the classroom. The afternoon is filled with sailing exercises, navigation and short reviews of the ASA 103 materials. Once we arrive at our destination, (1500 or 1600), we'll have one more reviews then take the first half of the ASA 103 written test. This is followed by a dinner generally cooked by the class but sometimes eaten at a seaside restaurant. Typically we stay up and talk a little sailor talk before retiring for the evening.

Day 2
Class prepares breakfast at 0800, then a short review and another student charts our next destination. Class departs around 11:00 for another day of exercises, drills and reviews. Lunch is prepared on-board while underway. This second day is spent primarily ensuring that the basic ASA 103 skills are met. Skills such as two types of "Man Overboard Recovery", recommended fueling procedures, interpetting vessel lights, emergency situations, are all covered plus much more.

Day 3
On the last day all written testing has been completed. The class priorities become a review of skills that are not yet clearly understood: perhaps its reefing underway, being hoved to or developing a smooth jibe. In addition we give the students a more difficult navigation problem. If all goes well the students are basically incharge of the vessel. They make all decisions regarding: weather, sail plan, navigation etc. Its your chance to pracitse the new skill set. We'll arrive back in Corpus Christi around 1600. We'll clean up the boat and sign logs books. It was a good sail.

During the class you will practise, discuss and demonstrate skills such as:

The skills go on, we'll give you as many as you can absorb.

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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 331478 Corpus Christi, TX 78463
Classroom Address 505 S. Water Street, Suite 535
Corpus Christi, TX