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Prepare to Take the Helm Webinar Series

Modern Sailing School & Club proudly introduces our "Prepare to Take the Helm" Webinar Series with the launch of our first 3-lesson webinar track: "Discover San Francisco Bay by Sail: Local Destinations and Beyond."

Students have the option to participate in all 3 lessons of the track or sign up for a single lesson. MSC club members purchasing all 3 lessons will receive a $50 credit to apply towards payment of a future bareboat charter! Choose between Saturday morning (10:00 - 11:30 AM) or Wednesday evening (6:30 - 8:00 PM) lessons to suit your schedule. Each lesson consists of an hour of instruction and a 30-minute question and answer session. Class sizes are limited to 15 students to facilitate student/instructor interaction.

WEBINAR TRACK 1 – Discover San Francisco Bay by Sail: Local Destinations and Beyond

Has the virus changed your summer plans? Options for travel and vacations abroad are limited these days, so we invite you to take a closer look at San Francisco Bay - a treasure trove of unique destinations to enjoy discovering by sailboat.

In these “bite-sized” live online lessons, you’ll learn how to make the most of your bareboat charters with expert guidance from the people who have sailed and navigated our favorite waters for decades. Our USCG Licensed Captains and ASA Certified Instructors share their seasoned advice on the best afternoon itineraries, anchorages, and overnight destinations in the Bay and beyond. The Track is split into three 1.5-hour lessons that will prepare you for one day, overnight, and multi-day charters.

Each lesson comes with a printable mini-cruising guide to keep in your sailing bag as a quick reference when planning your next charter.

Price: $75 for all three lessons in a track or $35 for one lesson. 

Required Equipment: Internet connection, computer with webcam or mobile device with camera, microphone, and audio capabilities.

Track 1 Lessons

Lesson 1.1: 1-Day SF Bay Destinations
The San Francisco Bay is divided into three sections – North Bay, South Bay and Central Bay. Each part has its own picturesque anchorages with unique features that make for an exquisite afternoon at anchor. Your instructor will guide you in planning a day sail, giving in-depth information on how to navigate the bay according to tides and currents, recommendations for which destinations offer the best protection, anchorage approaches and safety guidelines.

Lesson 1.2: Best Three Overnight Locations in Central and South Bay
In this lesson, you will explore overnight destinations within the San Francisco Bay. From Sausalito to Jack London Square, your instructor will guide you through a two-day, one-night itinerary highlighting three of SF Bay’s supreme anchorages. Your instructor will also cover each destination’s attractions and challenges, anchorage approaches, marina briefings, safety advice, and multi-day charter meal planning and provisioning tips.

Lesson 1.3: Sail and Explore the Delta
Take your overnight destinations to the next level! In this session, you will explore overnight itineraries and multi-day expeditions beyond the San Francisco Bay. This lesson begins with a brief introduction to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the San Pablo and Suisun Bays, featuring the shipping lanes, draw bridges and traffic you will encounter along the way. The instructor will outline an itinerary up the Delta highlighting attractions, safety advice, and approach information for marinas in Vallejo and Benicia.

Webinar Lesson Dates

  Saturdays
10:00 - 11:30 AM
Wednesdays 
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Lesson 1.1 June 20 June 24
Lesson 1.2 June 27 July 1
Lesson 1.3 July 11 July 15


Enrollment Instructions

There are three ways to sign up for this webinar. Call our office at (415) 331-8250, email us, or follow the instructions below to purchase online.

To purchase all 3 lessons and enroll in the dates of your choosing:

  1. In the table above, click on your chosen date for Lesson 1. Your web browser will be directed to Modern Sailing's online store.
  2. Click the blue "Sign Up Now" button. You will be prompted to sign in or create an account.
  3. Once signed in, click the blue "Enroll" button.
  4. You will then be given the option to purchase the 3-Lesson Track ($75) or a Single Lesson ($35). Choose the 3-Lesson Track. The web browser will be directed to the Shopping Cart.
  5. Complete the Check Out process to purchase the 3 lessons and complete your enrollment in the first lesson.
  6. IMPORTANT - You must repeat Steps 1 - 3 to enroll in your second and third lessons. Click on your chosen date for Lesson 2, then repeat Steps 2 and 3. No additional payment will be required. Repeat these steps for Lesson 3.
  7. After enrolling in the 3 lessons, you will receive a separate enrollment confirmation email for each lesson (3 total). Be sure to read and save your confirmation emails for Zoom join details. If you don't receive a confirmation email within 5 minutes of enrollment, check your Junk folder. Please contact the MSC office if you did not receive your confirmation email.

To purchase a single lesson:

  1. In the table above, click on the date of your chosen lesson. Your web browser will be directed to Modern Sailing's online store.
  2. Click the blue "Sign Up Now" button. You will be prompted to sign in or create an account.
  3. Once signed in, click the blue "Enroll" button.
  4. You will then be given the option to purchase the 3-Lesson Track ($75) or a Single Lesson ($35). Choose the Single Lesson. The web browser will be directed to the Shopping Cart.
  5. Complete the Check Out process to purchase the lesson and complete your enrollment.
  6. Be sure to read and save your enrollment confirmation email for Zoom join details.

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  • Esther C

    I took ASA 101 with them recently. They have the best customer service I've ever seen! I mistyped my address when I signed up online so didn't receive the textbook. I called and the lady immediately sent me another copy! Everyone at the club is super friendly.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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