OCSC's Anchoring Clinic

This course requires Basic Cruising

If you are headed for lunch in Paradise Cove in Tiburon, a quiet onboard dinner at China Camp on the San Pablo Bay or an overnight in Richardson Bay in Sausalito, all these experiences depend on your ability to confidently anchor your boat. Chartering in a remote location in the BVIs, Sea of Cortez, Tahiti or Thailand, anchoring skills will be your best friend. Access locations and enjoy your surroundings in ways many other sailors cannot.

Join OCSC Instructors on boats over 35’ to understand the differences between using one anchor off the bow, a Bahamian moor, a Med Moor, anchoring bow and stern or using two anchors off the bow. Understand how to deploy the right anchor and rode in changing conditions. Learn how to set the hook so that you don’t have to worry about it.

  • Choosing an anchorage

  • Different types of anchors, rodes and bottom conditions

  • Which type of anchor arrangement is best for your conditions

  • Using a windlass safely and effectively

  • Using crew communication to maximum effect when anchoring

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  • Free use of spray gear and flotation device

    OCSC is the only school in the Bay Area that provides you with waterproof gear to make sure you stay dry and comfortable while learning without having to add a few hundred dollars in gear to the expense of learning to sail. In any course you take here, we loan you waterproof pants and jacket along with a comfortable, Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device.

This Course Prepares You For

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    Coastal Navigation

    Our Coastal Navigation course is designed to acquaint you with all the tools, publications and skills required for successful coastal navigation

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    Coastal Passagemaking

    OCSC's Coastal Passagemaking course is intensive, challenging and incredibly rewarding. Completion will prepare you for difficult coastal passages.