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Set sail and enjoy an relaxing night out on the Bay, skippered by a professional OCSC skipper.
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Join us for the adventure vacation of a lifetime in the heart of Patagonia at the Futaleufú River in Chile!
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Build your team with an exciting scenic, and challenging sail to San Francisco’s Angel Island.
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This course requires Bareboat Cruising
This course requires Coastal Navigation
This course requires Navigation III
OCSC's Coastal Passagemaking course, like all of our courses, is intensive, challenging and incredibly rewarding. The work is hard, you will be very tired by the end, and you will leave with great new skills and a full appreciation for the rigors of long coastal passages.
California's coast is notorious for fog, navigational challenges, mercurial weather, and the dangers of its stark and rocky shore – and that's all good because if you can master sailing on the coast here, you can do it almost anywhere. Even the Golden Gate is superb training venue because it's one of the most challenging port entrances in the country. You will spend your time in this course learning the skills peculiar to coastal passages, where preparation, situational awareness, communication, team skills, problem-solving ability, and leadership are at a premium.
You will transit the Golden Gate several times, undergo a passage, of which at least 20 miles will be at night and learn how to quickly assess and work with the specific set of skills and attributes your crew bring to the trip. The last two days of the course include the practical evaluation for all certification candidates.
This course rewards sailors who attend with the full package of prerequisite skills and knowledge as well as lots of recent experience.
Coastal Passagemaking certification means you possess skills and knowledge that the vast majority of sailors have yet to acquire. The certification that you receive means that you have a substantial set of cruising skills and have demonstrated those in a challenging environment. It is also your ticket to confidence when handling the more challenging coastal passages of the world where the conditions and distances call for more than Bareboat Cruising skills.
Successful completion prepares you to:
Monday–Sunday (Tues–Sun nights are spent aboard the boat)
All of the above items are available at the OCSC Pro Shop (at a 10 percent discount for club members) and at any marine supply store. If you choose to purchase from us, please call in advance of the course to purchase them so we can ship them to you or have them set aside for you to pick up.
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In Seamanship Under Sail, you leave the outboard motor behind and learn how to get out of a tight bind under sail power.
OCSC's Small Boat Symmetrical Spinnaker course is a comprehensive introduction to spinnaker sailing and upwind boat handling
Learn the fundementals of Radar, GPS, course plotting, application use, and see it demonstrated on the bay.