Advanced Coastal Cruising


$900 per person | 4 days, 3 nights course



*Please note that we need at least 3 students signed up to confirm a class. Private instruction is available, please call our office at 831-423-7245 to discuss options. Students must be at least 18 years old or must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.



Format: 4 days 3 nights – Thursday through Sunday

Prerequisite: ASA 105 Coastal Navigation


The Advanced Coastal Cruising Course is a four-day sailing expedition that will offer advanced sailing and local challenges on the Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
The first day we will review Coastal Navigation and sail to Monterey and get a slip or anchor out. The following day we’ll head to Pt Pinos, and head down towards majestic and rugged Big Sur Coast. That night will be anchored in Stillwater Cove, Carmel off of one of the most prestigious golf courses in the world, Pebble Beach. The next day we will head north-west and experience some real ocean sailing and then turn northeast to Moss Landing Marina. The last day will not only be challenging navigation practice to get back to Santa Cruz, but it’s also usually a beat back home which will really fine tune your sailing skills.
Any segment of the course requires good sailing skills, patience, and teamwork. The weather conditions can vary, from brilliant sunny skies with 20-30 knot winds to navigating in a thick advection fog where you can barely see the bow of the boat. This four-day trip gives you the chance to experience the ever-changing mood of the omnipotent Pacific Ocean, further develop your sailing and navigation skills, as well as coping with any adversity the seas and weather present.

Your classroom will be one of our larger, 36 to 46-foot boats equipped with all necessary safety and navigational equipment. Our USCG Licensed instructors are the best in the country and have done this passage many times. Our instructors have all sailed to many foreign ports around the world and enjoy sharing their wealth of sailing knowledge with students. As in any sailing passage, destinations and schedules may change due to weather and crew conditions.

If you are (or think you might be) susceptible to seasickness, please obtain and use a prescription (e.g., scopolamine) or over the counter remedy, or pressure point wristbands (available at drugstores and marine supply stores) before departure. Please don’t wait to find out if you are susceptible to seasickness. The Northern California Coast isn’t the place to test this stability factor.

We are confident that this passage will be a memorable and safe voyage for you. We hope you will benefit from this experience and use the skills you’ll learn to sail many coastal passages.


Optional Textbooks: The Annapolis Book of Seamanship: Fourth Edition & The International Marine Book of Sailing


The textbooks can be purchased online at Amazon or online at the American Sailing Association’s Website.


Optional Certification Package:

ASA 106 Exam: $30.00

About Us

Pacific Sailing is an accredited American Sailing Association sailing school and yacht charter company with a fleet of 10 sailing yachts from 27-46 feet. We offer all levels of sailing instruction, Team Building Regattas, Skippered Charters, and Bareboat Charters.