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Sailing Clinics

Angel Island Mooring Clinic

Treat your friends and family to a premier bay adventure with a sail to Angel Island and an overnight stay moored at Ayala Cove -- but first, prepare yourself for the fore-and-aft mooring, shallow waters, and tidal currents that can make mooring at Ayala Cove a unique challenge.

Our Angel Island Mooring Clinic prepares you to successfully conduct a bow-and-stern mooring as required by the California State Park Angel Island Harbor Master. Additionally, you will become proficient at utilizing one or two buoys for overnight mooring situations in many worldwide cruising locations.

Sail Trim Clinic

One Day, 9am - 3:30pm

Learning how to control the shape of your sails can greatly enhance your sailing experience. Whether you are a racer looking to gain ground or a cruiser interested in maximizing your efficiency, this course is a must. After a short discussion about the theoretical components of sail trim, you will have a chance to get out on the water and learn how to fine tune the sails and reach your goals.

Gold Fleet Upgrade Clinic

Charter a boat from Modern Sailing School and Club and explore the San Francisco Bay.  Students in the Gold Fleet Upgrade Course are learning the ropes on a 33 - 39 foot sailboat.
2 Days, 9am - 3:30pm

This 2–day clinic will give you the skills and abilities to upgrade your membership from Silver Fleet certified to Gold Fleet certified and have access to chartering our 35 – 37ft. boats for day sails. This clinic is taught on 2 different Gold Fleet boats to expand your experience. Topics covered include anchoring, mooring, docking, using a roller furling main sail, crew overboard maneuvering, and boat systems.

This clinic is for members only.

Light Wind Sailing Techniques Clinic

Students get ready for a Light Wind Sailing Clinic on San Francisco Bay.
One Day, 9am - 3:30pm

Sailing in light winds can be very pleasurable and easy if you know some basic techniques. Without this knowledge, it can be very frustrating and challenging. Gain the skills to be a confident light air sailor and continue sailing through the winter! Topics covered include sail selection, control lines, halyard settings, upwind and downwind sailing techniques. This clinic will also include an introduction to sailing with an asymmetrical spinnaker.

Heavy Weather Sailing Clinic

Modern Sailing School and Club Members are dressed in full foul weather gear as they get their sailboat ready for the Heavy Weather Sailing Clinic on San Francisco Bay
One Day, 9am - 3:30pm

This one-day clinic will introduce you to various heavy weather sailing equipment, preparation, and techniques. Taught onboard our Spencer 44, Coho II, your instructor will cover topics like personal safety equipment, line handling techniques in high winds, setting up storm sails and running rigging, and steering in large following seas. The class will be taught on the bay and will give you the hands-on training to be prepared for coastal trips and ocean passages.

ASA 118, Docking Endorsement

Modern Sailing offers the American Sailing Association's docking endorsement, ASA 118
One Day, 9am - 3:30pm

Docking can cause a lot of anxiety among new sailors, and it's important to feel confident and comfortable when maneuvering in and out of your slip. Having that confidence will make you a better sailor and skipper. Join us on this one-day course in which you will not only learn docking techniques, but practice maneuvering the boat under power in a variety of conditions. Don't fall victim to a sloppy docking job again - enroll today!

Refresher Courses

Student and Instructor Refresh skills on one of the on-the-water Refresher Courses that Modern Sailing School and Club offers on San Francisco Bay.
One Day, 9am - 3:30pm

Silver Fleet, Platinum Fleet and Catamaran Refreshers.

Dust off your topsiders and come join us for a one day tune-up to refresh all the essential skill sets that are easy to forget if you haven't been sailing on a regular basis.

There are three different Refresher Clinics to choose from, each designed to accomodate different skill levels and goals. Not sure where you fit in?  We would be happy to help you - email us or give us a call at (415) 331-8250.


Sailing Clinics and Short Lessons

Becoming a better sailor is more than just taking lessons and chartering. Enrolling in specialized clinics can enhance your experience, build specific skills and increase your confidence on the water.  Each one of our sailing clinics is designed for a specific skills level and can help you meet specific goals.

Not sure where to start?  We would be happy to help you - Email or give us a call, (415) 331 - 8250.


  • Molie M

    After complete two courses and having a variety of instructors, I can safely say, this is place to go if you want to learn to sail. The fleet is equally diverse and exciting. The office staff does a great job of getting you plugged into the sailing community. Fantastic group of folks!

  • Danny Collins

    The office staff was very accommodating in meeting my availability.

  • 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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2310 Marinship Way, Sausalito, CA 94965

415-331-8250 / 800-995-1668

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