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Sportboat Courses & Clinics


ASA Courses & Sailing Clinics on Performance Sailboats

On the Sportboat Track, ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing, and ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising are taught on the zippy J/24s at our Berkeley location. These boats are smaller and lighter than the Silver Fleet Catalinas used on the Cruising Boat Track, and their rigging is more technical and manual. They come equipped with tiller steering and an outboard motor, versus the wheel steering and inboard engines of the 30-foot+ cruising boats. Sailing these responsive and maneuverable J/Boats in the windy Berkeley territory can be a thrilling experience! If you enjoy outdoor adventure sports, learning to sail on the Sportboat Track may be the next exhilarating challenge you are looking for.

Not sure which track to choose? You might find this article helpful in making your decision: Beginning on Sportboats or Cruising Boats - Information to Help You Choose.

Get Certified to Skipper Sportboats... and Cruising Boats Too!

Upon completing ASA 103 on the Sportboat Track, Modern Sailing members become "Sportboat Fleet Rated." This means that along with a sailing buddy (or three) as crew, you are certified to charter a J/24 or J/80 and enjoy exploring the Bay at your own pace and direction.

On both the Sportboat and Cruising Boat Tracks, ASA 101 and 103 both lead to the third course in the ASA series, ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising. Taught aboard a 37' to 40' cruising boat, ASA 104 qualifies Modern Sailing members to sail the Platinum Fleet. Learn more about how to get Fleet Rated for bareboat chartering. ASA 104 also qualfies sailors to apply for their International Proficiency Certificate, which is required by most international sailboat charter companies.

Prior to ASA 104, sportboat skippers must get rated to charter 30' cruising boats by completing the Upgrade to Silver Fleet Clinic

Interested in becoming a Modern Sailing member and a skilled sportboat skipper? Check out our cost-saving Sportboat Skipper Package, which includes ASA 101, 103, membership initiation, and more!

Sportboat Clinics

After ASA 101 and 103, our sportboats continue to provide an excellent platform for learning high-level boat handling skills. From docking under sail, to performance sail trim and precision driving, to learning to skipper in races, Sailing Clinics will take your skills to the next level! You'll have a blast advancing your sportboat skills with Sportboat Development Sails, the Advanced Sportboat Clinic, and the J/24 Racing Skipper Clinic! Click the "Sailing Clinics" tab below to see details.

After completing ASA 104, you'll become eligible to join advanced Cruising Boat Courses & Clinics in both Sausalito and Berkeley.

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  • 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.

  • Rolf Zingg

    Since many, many years, I had the dream to sail underneath the Golden Gate bridge. On October 14th last year, my dream became true. Thanks to our dear friend Aaron Fritz who made it possible and organized this cruise for us. With this adventure I was able to achieve one more milestone on my sailing career.

    Finally on the water, it was great! Full moon made the flows even stronger and it was like sailing in a washing machine.

    I did my sailing education in the English Channel, where the situation with the wind and flows is comparable to the San Francisco Bay. So I felt pretty much "at home" being on the helm in the Bay.

    I hope our skipper Stan Lander enjoyed this day cruise too. We, definitely did! It was an unforgettable experience for all of us.

    A very big thank you to all of you who made it possible, that my dream became reality! Also thank you for the MSC flag I got at the end of the day. It found it's place in my study, where I can see it daily.

    Rolf Zingg
  • 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.

    Andrew Goble and Crew

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Modern Sailing School & Club

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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