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Sailing Clinics

Introductory Sailing Lesson in San Francisco

Learn to Sail in San Francisco

Do you want to learn how to sail? Are you looking for a reliable school with award-winning instructors and programs to get you out on the water? Seeking an American Sailing Association certified sailing school to work towards your ASA 101, ASA 103, ASA 105, and ASA 106 certifications? Your search is over. Modern Sailing School & Club is the Bay Area’s premier sailing school located in Sausalito, California. We are excited to welcome you into the San Francisco sailing community.

Mastering Cruising Asymmetrical Spinnaker

Make the most of light winds on downwind points of sail by learning to fly the asymmetrical spinnaker!

This clinic prepares the sailor to fly a Cruising Asymmetric Spinnaker (CAS) when passage-making with short-handed crew. The clinic participants will learn how to hoist, trim, and jibe this beautiful downwind auxiliary sail.  Special handling techniques and emergency procedures are also included.

Electronic Piloting and Radar Clinic

One Day, 9am - 3:30pm

While ASA courses prepare you for basic navigation, becoming proficient in the electronic navigation tools found on your boat allows you to plan your trip and chart your course with ease. 

Taught aboard one of our Gold or Platinum Fleet vessels, you will be guided through some of the most common electronic piloting systems found aboard 30' to 50' sailing vessels, with the opportunity to practice these skills in real-time on the bay.

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.

Mastering 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 for your boat's best possible performance.

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

Upgrade your Silver Fleet certification to charter bigger, luxurious boats! Our two-day Gold Fleet Upgrade Clinic will teach you the skills you’ll need to safely handle boats in the size range of 33 to 37 feet. To expand your experience, this clinic is taught on two different Gold Fleet boats. Topics covered include anchoring, mooring, docking, using a roller-furling mainsail, 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 wind can be very pleasant and easy, but if you lack the necessary skills, it can be very frustrating and challenging. Gain the skills to be a confident light air sailor and continue sailing through those fair winter days when winds tend to be light. Topics covered include sail selection, control lines, halyard settings, and techniques for maximizing your boat's performance on all points of sail. 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

The more you sail in winter or make long passages, the more likely it becomes that you’ll eventually encounter foul weather. This one-day clinic will introduce you to heavy weather sailing equipment, preparation, and techniques. Taught aboard our Spencer 44 Coho II, your instructor will cover topics such as personal safety equipment, high wind line handling techniques, setting up storm sails and running rigging, types of drogues and sea anchors, and steering in large following seas.

ASA 118, Docking Endorsement

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

The winds and tidal currents of San Francisco Bay can be challenging to sailors not only when sailing out on the bay, but especially when maneuvering in and out of dock slips. Join us for this one-day clinic in which you will learn strategies and techniques to safely and efficiently dock an auxiliary-powered sailboat in a variety of conditions. You’ll increase your overall boat handling confidence by acquiring knowledge of basic auxiliary power theory, engine and steering controls, proper use of dock lines, crew communication, and safety.

Refresher Clinics

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.

 

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Testimonials

  • Steve Hood, Basic Coastal Cruising

    I would definitely recommend Modern Sailing to anyone who is interested in learning to sail the right way.

  • Ray Arceneaux

    The vessel was clean and in fine condition - very nice boat for training, well-equipped.

  • 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.

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2310 Marinship Way, Sausalito, CA 94965

415-331-8250 / 800-995-1668

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