Development Sails | Modern Sailing

Development Sails

One Day, 9am - 3:30pm

Sportboat, Silver, Platinum, Catamaran, and Spinnaker Development Sails

Has it been awhile since you last sailed? Or have you recently taken ASA 101, 103, ASA 104, or ASA 114, and need more time on the water to solidify your skills? If any of the scenarios below apply to you, a Development Sail is for you!

  • You have successfully completed the course and would like more practice to increase your confidence prior to chartering.
  • You are planning to undergo a Fleet Rating Checkout (a.k.a. Evaluation Sail) and want to ensure that you are prepared to succeed.
  • Your instructor has recommended more practice in one or more skill areas in order for you to successfully complete your ASA certification or Fleet Rating Checkout.
  • Some time has passed since you've sailed or earned your certification and you would like a refresher of the essential skills.

Clinics include the practice of docking, steering, and sail trim on various points of sail, reefing, crew overboard recovery procedures, heaving-to, and standing turn maneuvers.

These are full-day sessions that run from 9:00am - 4:00pm with a break for lunch. Depending on boat size, you will have 2 to 4 classmates and an instructor on board to help you improve your skills and confidence in departing, docking, maneuvering in close quarters, crew overboard recovery, reefing underway, and more. In addition to our “general practice” Development Sails, we can also help organize Development Sails for you and your crew with targeted topics in mind — crew overboard recovery, reefing underway, and docking/marina procedures, which are all common skill areas that sailors seek extra training for.

There are four fleet sizes and a spinnaker option for you to choose from. Not sure where you fit in?  We would be happy to help you - email us or give us a call at (415) 331-8250.

Taught on a J/24 or J/80 in Berkekely
$245 for members
$295 for non-members
Prerequisites: Sportboat Fleet Rating or equivalent experience. Checkouts and ASA 103 (Sportboat) incompletes allowed.

Taught on the 30' - 32' vessels in Berkeley and Sausalito
$250 for members
$295 for non-members
Prerequisites: Silver Fleet Rated or equivalent experience. Checkouts and ASA 103 (Cruising Boat) and Silver Fleet Upgrade incompletes allowed. 

Taught on the 38'+ vessels in Sausalito
$305 for members
$375 for non-members
Prerequisites: Platinum Fleet Rated or equivalent experience. Checkouts and ASA 104 incompletes allowed.

Taught on our luxury catamarans in Sausalito
$345 for members
$430 for non-members
Prerequisites: Catamaran Fleet Rated or equivalent experience. Checkouts and ASA 114 incompletes allowed.

Taught in Berkeley on a J/Boat and Sausalito on a Catalina 30 or 320.
$245 for members
$295 for non-members
Prerequisites: Asymmetrical Spinnaker Clinic or equivalent experience.

There are three ways to sign up for one of these clinics - by phone (415) 331-8250, email, or by clicking the link below.

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  • Andrew Goble, San Francisco

    It has been wonderful sailing with MSC over the years. Please extend my thanks to the owners, management, and staff for unrequited professionalism and high standards in a charter fleet. I have sailed with several in my years and none nearly hold a candle to the quality of business and staff at Modern Sailing.

  • David Dolenc, Member

    I love sailing in the San Francisco Bay and greatly appreciate everything that MSC has to offer, the classes, clinics, club sails, racing and charters. I enjoy our supportive sailing community and use every opportunity to spend time on the water. After obtaining the certifications from MSC I did my first charter in Croatia in 2022 with my family. It was amazing and we’re looking forward to returning soon!

  • 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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Sausalito Location
2310 Marinship Way, Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 331-8250 / (800) 995-1668

Berkeley Location
1 Spinnaker Way, Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 831-1800

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