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ASA 107, Celestial Navigation

6 evenings, Tues / Wed / Thurs August 6 - 8, 13 - 15, 2019

Since ancient times, human beings have looked to the heavens to find our way around on Earth. It was only a few hundred years ago that we developed systems to plot latitude and longitude fixes based on the positions of celestial bodies, and the common practice of celestial navigation by means of a sextant emerged. The basic premise of celestial navigation relies on calculatingangles between the observer, the horizon, and a predictable celestial body such as the sun, moon, or visible planets and stars.

ASA 104/114, Bareboat Cruising Catamaran Combination Course

5 days / 4 nights, Mon - Fri

Prepare to charter internationally on multihulls with this 5-day, 4-night combination course to receive your ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising and ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran certifications. Topics covered include planning and provisioning for multi-day trips, sailing and anchoring at night, docking and maneuvering under power, boat systems and troubleshooting.

ASA 105, Coastal Navigation

Modern Sailing teaches the ASA's Coastal Navigation course.
6 Evenings, Tues / Weds / Thurs (7 - 10pm)

The ASA 105, Coastal Navigation workshop offers advanced chart navigation instruction and prepares students to successfully complete the certification exam. Areas of study include chart reading, tidal current determination, dead reckoning, position fixes, running fixes, danger bearings, set and drift problems, and more. The class is intended to supplement the text rather than replace it, so plan on studying before the class begins.

ASA 105/106, California Coastal Combination Course (Coastal Navigation & Advanced Coastal Cruising)

Heavy Weather Sailing along the California Coast is challenging and a great way to gain advanced ASA certifications: Coastal Navigation (ASA 105) and Advanced Coastal Cruising (ASA 106)
7 days / 6 nights, Mon - Sun

The dynamic California Coast provides the perfect setting for training at an advanced level. This 7-day course combines ASA 105, Coastal Navigation and ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising certifications. With this course, you will discover ocean sailing and benefit from the wealth of knowledge that our instructors have gained from their own extensive cruising adventures.

ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran

Modern Sailing School and Club Members getting ready for their Cruising Catamaran Course (ASA 114) in Sausalito.
2 days, Sat & Sun (9am - 5pm)

Catamarans, otherwise known as multihulls, are quickly becoming the preferred charter boat of the Caribbean and South Pacific. As cruising vessels, multihulls offer a few advantages over monohulls - spaciousness, speed, stability, and a shallow draft that allows you to anchor closer to shore.

ASA 101/103, Basic Keelboat Sailing and Basic Coastal Cruising Combination Course

Sailing across San Francisco Bay with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background, student practice skills learned in Basic Keelboat (ASA 101) and Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103) 5-day Combination Course at Modern Sailing School and Club
5 days, Mon - Fri (9am - 5pm)

The ASA 101/103 combination course is a five-day intensive program, a fast track to quickly prepare you to charter boats up to 32 feet in length within San Francisco Bay. You'll learn Basic Keelboat Sailing fundamentals - sailing terminology and its applications, knots, points of sail, rules of the road, introduction to docking, and more.

ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising

Sailing Student trims the sail during a Basic Coastal Cruising Sailing Lesson on San Francisco Bay with Modern Sailing School and Club
2 weekends, Sat & Sun (9am - 3:30pm)

After learning sailing fundamentals in ASA 101, you are now ready to refine and expand your skills in preparation to skipper daytime sailing expeditions. The ASA 103 curriculum includes docking and maneuvering under power, anchoring, crew overboard recovery, heaving to, reefing under way and hove-to, correcting for weather helm, tide and current analysis, and an introduction to basic chart navigation.

ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing

Students enjoying the Basic Keelboat Course (ASA 101) on San Francisco Bay
2 weekends, Sat & Sun (9am - 3:30pm)

With 25 knots of wind on a regular basis, strong currents, and heavy shipping traffic, San Francisco Bay offers one of the most challenging training venues anywhere, giving you the experience and skills you’ll need to enjoy sailing in a variety conditions with confidence. The ASA 101 course provides the skills you'll need to enjoy active participation as crew in the operation of a sailboat. Learn sailing terminology and its applications, knots, points of sail, rules of the road, docking basics, and more.

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  • Sara Jane G.

    I've taken two classes at MSS&C and was very happy with the program. This is also a great club with lots of opportunities for camaraderie and practice on the water. The boats in the fleet are fantastic and kept in tip-top shape. I highly recommend for all sailors and would-be sailors!

  • Mike, Santa Rosa, California

    All of the courses and my instructors (JT and Stan) were extremely professional and full of knowledge and experience. I found I was able to learn from their experiences beyond the scope of the courses, and look forward to future opportunities to do so. I would highly recommend Modern Sailing to anyone.

  • 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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