History Made - Our First ASA 108 in a Decade! | Modern Sailing

History Made - Our First ASA 108 in a Decade!

Ever wonder what it's like to sail 100 miles offshore on the Pacific Ocean down the California Coast? You can take a peek into the offshore sailing world and its sunrises, sunsets, and scenery with these photos and video clips from our October 2023 ASA 108 course.

Coho II and crew's pre-dawn departure on Sunday, October 15 was the momentous start of the first ASA 108 passage we've made in ten years. Soon after our June announcement of this offering, both the southward and northward sessions rapidly sold out and even built up long waitlists! We're looking forward to running this course again for our eager students in 2024.

Our ASA 108, Offshore Passagemaking course traverses open ocean waters between Sausalito and Marina Del Rey and includes a rest and recreation stopover at Catalina Island.

Our big thanks to ASA 108 student Martin W. for capturing and sharing the amazing images we used to create this short video!

Student Elizabeth H. celebrated her birthday on the southward journey - and we all received a gift from her with this beautiful Instagram reel she created!


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Elizabeth has posted a boatload of spectacular sailing content on her Instagram - be sure to check it out!

Captain Kira Maixner served as Captain Robert Bivin's first mate on this adventure and she also shared her personal thoughts and insights about the experience on Instagram. 


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Are you dreaming of taking your sailing experience to a whole new level, far beyond the sight of land and over the breathtaking open sea? Do your biggest sailing ambitions include nonstop multi-day passages, crossing an ocean, or sailing around the world? If so, ASA 108, Offshore Passagemaking, the pinnacle of the ASA certification series, will help prepare you to meet the challenge.

Do you have questions about the ASA certification journey or ASA 108? Please contact us. We're happy to answer any questions you may have and help you make your offshore sailing dreams come true.

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  • Casey Bishop, Corporate Regatta

    WE LOVED IT! The whole team was so honored and thankful. Thanks so much for all of your team's hard work and excellence in organizing our party. Of the 22 of us, only 4 had ever been sailing and not in the Bay. The guys had an incredible experience, the skippers were all really great, allowing each of us to be at the wheel. They were kind and empowering. Plus the weather and wind were perfect! It was definitely one of the top 3 experiences that we have shared as leaders in the past 5 + years. We couldn't have asked for a better day!

  • John Kipping

    The meeting room was quite adequate and the location most convenient, but the course outline and instruction were outstanding. Modern Sailing is fortunate to have such a well organized instructor in Mr. Stan Lander who teaches very well from a rich professional background. Mr. Lander was generous with his time and patiently in helping students who needed more attention or time in understanding various aspects of the curriculum.

  • Emma & George Stubbs, Sausalito

    We just took our ASA 106 at a school in Rhode Island as we prepare for 6 months of cruising in the Caribbean. The class was great, but more than anything it made us really appreciate the quality of teaching and rigor at Modern Sailing. Even though we were the newest to sailing, the group seemed to think that we had the best fundamentals. We felt very well prepared and we see why Modern Sailing has the reputation it does.

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