Basic Keelboat, Coastal Cruising and, Bareboat Chartering Sailing Certifications
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We limit the class size to three students unless special arrangements have been made. This allows everyone sufficient hands on time to become confident and competent at each skill.
This class becomes an adventure vacation spending four or five nights and days on a sailing yacht. We typically log about 130 nautical miles. I've been sailing keelboats since the late 80's, teaching for about 15 years and, I am too still learning.
You are on your own for all meals during the time we spend in Corpus. We'll provision the boat should we be underway during meal time.
The sailing class begins normally on a Monday morning but, the schedule does vary. We meet in our classroom at 0900. Class commences with introductions and an assessment of goals. The class then begin a review of the ASA 101 curriculum; points of sail, sailing lexicon, knots, boat parts etc. The class then moves to our basic training vessel, a Catalina 25' for a hands on review of the names and functions the various boat parts. This will take us into lunch, you are on your own to visit local restaurants. After the break, (an hour or so), and we meet back on the Catalina. We depart and begin working on the underway elements of the ASA 101 curriculum. Generally speaking we work on boat handling under sail including; points of sail, basic sail trim, a docking under sail, reefing, Man Overboard etc. After an afternoon in the bay we put the boat to bed and return to the classroom to take the first half of the ASA 101 written test. When completed, we travel to the training vessel to get you berthed for the remaining four nights of class. After a quick introduction to the vessel and marina facilities you are free to venture out into town and visit shops and restaurants.
Generally speaking we will still be on a basic training boat the second day. Normally we buy breakfast at a local restaurant for taquitos and coffee, (out treat). We start with a review in the classroom. This will include an introduction to chart work and basic ded reckoning navigation. Then we again venture into the bay and practise MOBs and sail trim. When we return from the water we will finish the second half of the 101 written test.
Again the day starts with a review in the classroom. Then we test on the first half of the ASA 103 elements. After a student has plotted our days travel we shove off for an introduction to a larger vessel. While underway we work on the elements and standards required for the 103 certifications. At the end of the day we'll return to Corpus. After the boat is secured we again sit down for another lecture and complete and grade the ASA 103 written test, (if there is sufficient time). Dinner is ashore at a restaurant you are on your own. Class is over for the evening.
We start with another review. on the ASA 104 material plus another navigation problem. The first half of the 104 written test is taken and again we shove off. By this time you are competent at anchoring, hove'ing to, reefing and, Man Overboard drills. On this evening hopefully all written testing has been completed. If not we will finish up what needs to bedone.
All written testing has been completed, now we concentrate on the required skills. The class plans then charts our trip to another destination. We discuss what skills we need to practise on the water. The students are completely in charge of the days sail, practising everything that they learned. As we make our way back to the new port we practise any techniques that are not completely understood. We arrive at a marina near 1600 and if all has gone well you'll be certified to Bareboat Chartering. You'll have a new sense of confidence and maybe a little bit of a sailor's swagger in your walk.
If all has gone well upon completion the class has changed. You'll put the boat to bed, gather up your possesions and, depart.
You will be tired. You will have a new swagger and confidence. If your driving back please be careful. You won't realize just how tired you really are.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 331478 Corpus Christi, TX 78463
Classroom Address 505 S. Water Street, Suite #537
Corpus Christi, TX