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About Modern Sailing School and Club

The Silver Fleet at Modern Sailing School and Club in Sausalito, CaliforniaModern Sailing is an award winning school in Sausalito!

Since 1983, Modern Sailing School & Club has been introducing people to sailing from our headquarters in Sausalito, California. Even if you have never set foot on a boat, we can teach you everything you need to know. We ensure our students build a strong foundation in this rewarding, life long sport. MSC is dedicated to making your learning experience as safe and enjoyable as possible. Unlike at other sailing schools, we teach our beginners courses on 30 - 32 ft. keelboats with wheel steering (no tiller), inboard diesel engines, and roller furling jibs. These features help build confidence right away.
 
Our experienced and friendly instructors hold US Coast Guard 50-100 Ton Master's Licenses, representing decades of sailing experience. They are award-winning instructors, world cruisers, and Coast Guard commanders who are American Sailing Association certified instructors. MSC's high standards have earned us accolades in the sailing community, including the American Sailing Association's 2004 and 2009 School of the Year award.

 

Why is ASA Certification important?

Sailing is a performance-oriented activity. The American Sailing Association (ASA) and Modern Sailing School & Club are dedicated to recreational boating and safety through education and respected professional standards. These sailing standards provide you with a means to prove your knowledge and abilities (much like a driver's license). Each of our students is issued an ASA log book - your passport to sailing - which outlines these standards. Through certification of these standards, Modern Sailing School provides you with a reliable, internationally recognized way to document your instruction and sailing skills for chartering sailboats anywhere in the world.

 

Welcome to Sausalito SailingSausalito

Directly across the Bay from San Francisco lies a town steeped in sailing history. Sausalito has the highest concentration of marinas, boats, and marine businesses in all of Northern California, and boating culture here is second to none. Originally the home of the Miwok Indians, Sausalito was given its name, meaning Little Willow, in 1775 by Spanish Explorer Juan Manuel de Ayala.

There was a time when Sausalito was home to over 25 bawdy gambling casinos and bordellos. And, for more than a century, fully rigged sailing ships took shelter along her beautiful waterfront.

Visitors today have the opportunity to view some of the most historic classic yachts and sailing vessels in the world. Boutiques, street-side cafes, yacht clubs, fine restaurants, shops, galleries, elegant hotels, the nearby redwoods, beaches, and the famed wine country, all contribute to the friendly yet sophisticated charm of this lovely old bay-side fishing village.

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Testimonials

  • John Kratochvil, Oregon

    I would like to compliment Stan Lander for his coaching, counseling and teaching Heavy Weather Offshore Sailing. Stan was very accommodating to all of the student's interests and shared his many years of insight on handling the boat in heavy seas. I would certainly recommend Stan and this course to sheltered waters sailors. My confidence in handling a boat of this size was certainly enhanced by the experience.

  • John Boynton

    The class was terrific. I know you must get many compliments about your sailing instructors...But I must tell you that Robert is outstanding. Having taught SCUBA, I really appreciate the way he is so sensitive to all on board, dealing with each so well, knowing quickly their strengths and weaknesses making each feel special and cared for.

  • John Clark

    Every aspect of Modern Sailing - training, syllabus, course materials, quality of the boats, quality of the instructors, and the very friendly and helpful staff - exceeded my expectations. Modern Sailing has a first class sailing program in an environment with challenging winds and currents. I look forward to coming back to charter a boat and certainly plan to continue my sailing training.

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Modern Sailing School & Club

2310 Marinship Way, Sausalito, CA 94965

415-331-8250 / 800-995-1668

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