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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.

This course requires Basic Cruising

Seamanship Under Sail is a pure sailing course – no motoring allowed. Learn to perform traditional sailboat skills such as docking, anchoring, and mooring under sail. Improve your confidence and skill by practicing technical and "out of the box" maneuvers such as sailing blindfolded, steering by sails alone, getting in and out of irons, and sailing backwards at speed.

You will develop a sense of the limits between the boat and yourself as you practice precision. You will work on close-quarters sailing and decision-making while problem solving. You will learn to be creative with your boat handling using advanced skills to recover from a variety of tight situations with complete confidence.

  • Sailing on and off a mooring

  • Dropping and weighing anchor under sail

  • Docking and departing from a slip under sail

  • Steering by sails alone

  • The art of sailing with no sails and no wind

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  • Tacking the J/24 in her own length

  • Going from full speed to stopped in one boat length

  • Tack and gybe through a slalom course

  • Sailing blindfolded

  • Sailing backwards

  • Getting out of irons

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    Weekend Format

    Saturday and Sunday. 9am–4pm each day.

  • Two full days of sailing

    Seamanship Under Sail is a thoroughly hands-on course. All of your time will be spent on the boat.

  • Use of Spray Gear & Flotation Device

    OCSC is the only school in the Bay Area providing 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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    Advanced Bareboat Cruising

    Sailing with confidence is what happens after a skipper obtains a robust set of sailing and seamanship skills.

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    Bareboat Cruising

    The greatest pleasure in sailing comes from the ability to participate. Fundamental skills are all you need to move forward!

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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.