OCSC Sailing School

Bay Reviews

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Bay Reviews

OCSC's three levels of "Bay Review" coaching courses

Our Bay Reviews provide you with opportunities at each of the three core levels of training (Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising and Bareboat Cruising) for targeted coaching on those aspects of your sailing skills that you want to hone and perfect before becoming certified. Your instructor coaches you mainly on those skills that are the most challenging to learn while taking the time to continue to round out your overall competency and confidence.

These coaching sessions really inspire confidence by proceeding at your pace and continuing until you and the instructor agree you have mastered all the required skills.

Each of these three-hour lessons are designed for several purposes:

  • Once you've completed the Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising, or Bareboat Cruising courses, these "Reviews" are additional training to make sure you leave here feeling confident in your skills.
  • They are also a great way for people new to our program to get familiar with our marina, our boats and our procedures.
  • People who have taken a break from sailing find these reviews to be a great way to come out and shake off rust.
  • After each review is completed, you and your instructor will sit down and plan your next step.

Above there are links to each of the individual Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising, and Bareboat Cruising review pages.


Good to know:

  • If you qualified for the "course guarantee", these reviews are included with your course and there is no charge for them.
  • Most of our students need a couple of reviews at the Basic Keelboat level and four or five reviews at the Basic Cruising level. This is a significant amount of extra skill-building at no additional charge! It highlights our sterling commitment to your absolute competence at each level. That will inspire confidence that will be with you the rest of your sailing career!
  • You may take as many of these reviews as you need in order to fully develop the skills defined in the US Sailing log book and in OCSC's San Francisco Bay standards outlined in your course materials. You have 60 days from the start of your training at a specific level to complete the project and get certified.
  • If you are unable to keep a reservation you have for a free review, you still must give OCSC eight days notice or risk being assessed the standard fee for canceling inside of a week in advance. (For our standard course cancellation policy please click here.)
  • While in this period, if you feel that a private lesson with an instructor fits your schedule or your learning style better than reviews, you may take unlimited private lessons within the 60 day period at half-price. These allow a more intense coaching experience and can be scheduled at the time and with the instructor of your choice, subject to availability.
  • Arrival time is 45 minutes prior to class to rig, and then derigging will take place after your class is completed.

Basic Keelboat Reviews

This review is aboard a J/24 and runs from 10 am-1 pm or 2-5 pm. We have review slots open seven days a week, so call to see when the next Basic Keelboat session is available.

The Basic Keelboat standards you'll be reviewing are as follows:

  • Nomenclature: Demonstrates good knowledge of all basic terms (main sheet, jib, keel, tiller, starboard, port, bow, stern, windward, leeward, shrouds, leech, luff, etc.).
  • Rigging the boat: Rigs sails and tie the basic knots: figure 8, round turn and two half hitches, bowline, cleat hitch (with help).
  • Hoisting sails: Hoists, lowers and furls both sails.
  • Steering: Steers toward a landmark and on a point-of-sail.
  • Points-of-sail: Knows each point, can steer the boat to each, and trims sails within 10 percent of proper for each.
  • Coming about: Tack the boat without oversteering in moderate conditions and more than 10 degrees in over 15, and without getting stuck in irons.
  • Gybing: Gybes without broaching in less than 15 knots (or in less wind, without oversteering).
  • Wind direction: Knows where the wind is coming from regardless of his/her point of reference.
  • OCSC standard for person overboard recovery, Basic Keelboat: Student remembers procedures to be followed immediately after someone goes overboard, sails the Quick Turn (figure 8) course accurately, and returns to the victim. In less than 15 knots, the student should be able to slow the boat to less than 2 knots of boatspeed. In more than 15 knots, no points should be taken off for problems associated with excessive speed or excessive leeway caused by the wind and waves.

Class Information

Cost:

  • Retail: $150
  • Member: $112.50
  • In Guarantee: No cost

# of students:

  • 3 maximum

Boat:

Formats:

  • Three-hour lesson
    Seven days a week
    10am-1 pm or 2-5 pm

Prerequisites:

Appropriate experience.
(Please call us to discuss yours.)

 

Basic Cruising Reviews

This review takes place aboard a J/24 and runs from 10 am-1 pm or 2-5 pm. We have review slots open seven days a week, so call to see when the next Basic Cruising session is available.

The Basic Cruising Review will cover much of what you'll be expected to demonstrate in the Basic Cruising Practical Test.

Class Information

Cost:

  • Retail: $150
  • Member: $112.50
  • In Guarantee: No cost

# of students:

  • 3 maximum

Boat:

Formats:

  • Three-hour lesson
    Seven days a week
    10am-1 pm or 2-5 pm

Prerequisites:

Appropriate experience.
(Please call us to discuss yours.)

Basic Bareboat Cruising Reviews

This review takes place aboard a Catalina 320 or 36 and runs from 10 am-1 pm or 2-5 pm. We have review slots open seven days a week, so call to see when the next Bareboat Cruising session is available.

The Bareboat Cruising Review will cover much of what you'll be expected to demonstrate in the Bareboat Cruising Practical Test.

Class Information

Cost:

  • Retail: $200
  • Member: $150
  • In Guarantee: No cost

# of students:

  • 3 maximum

Boat:

Formats:

  • Three-hour lesson
    Seven days a week
    10am-1 pm or 2-5 pm

Prerequisites:

Appropriate experience.
(Please call us to discuss yours.)