ASA 103 Coastal Cruising Skipper training at Sail Channel Islands

Lessons from Beginner to Advanced

ASA 103 Coastal Cruising Skipper Prerequisites

ASA 101 Ocean Sailing Basics  or previous ocean experience as skipper on 27-38 foot sailboat.

Course objectives:

The successful ASA 103 Coastal Cruising Skipper will learn to cruise safely in local and regional waters as skipper of a 36′ sailboat during daytime in moderate winds (up to 20 knots) and sea conditions.

Coastal Cruising Skippers will plan and execute a cruise to Anacapa Island
ASA 103 Coastal Cruising Skipper introduces anchoring procedures

The graduate will be able to

  • Thoroughly inspect a vessel for seaworthiness
  • Be able to interpret local area charts and navigate visually
  • Operate diesel engine, maneuver boat under power
  • Demonstrate competence in safety procedures including recovery of a  man overboard, reefing main and headsail, using jacklines and tether, heaving-to plus emergency VHF radio procedures.
  • Anchor
  • Tie essential knots
  • Evaluate weather reports
  • Interpret and apply Rules of the Road

Channel-IslandsAs a culminating exercise, the student will plan and execute a passage to Anacapa Island, anchor and return to base using dead reckoning navigation.

Duration: Approximately 12 hours in one full-day and a half-day. Bring your crew along at no extra charge.


$580/lesson M-Th, $690/lesson Friday-Sunday. All day $1250 M-Th, $1438 Fri-Sun.

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 Coastal Cruising Coaching/Practice

Course objectives:

So you’ve got your two basic quals, now what? Frankly, you need to practice. A lot. One way to get that practice is to continue sailing with me. Our insurance requires that I’m aboard, but you don’t have to use my services, and, unless asked, I’ll stay out of the way. We have a special  “subscription rate” for you and you can get as much time on the boat as you want – and as much coaching as you want.


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