Basic Sailing and Seamanship


$300 per person | 10:00am-4:00pm Saturday - Sunday



*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.


Format: Two consecutive days (Saturday & Sunday), 10:00am to 4:00pm with a 1/2 hour lunch break.

Prerequisite: none


This two-day course will teach you the fundamentals of sailing and seamanship. A total of 12 hours of onboard instruction will provide you with the skills and confidence you need to safely skipper and crew a 27′ to 30′ tiller sailboat in light to moderate wind and sea conditions on lakes or other protected bodies of water. All instruction is onboard our 27-30 foot keelboats. You’ll be sailing on the Monterey Bay out of Santa Cruz both days. During course time on the water, you are likely to be treated to encounters with dolphins, otters, seals, pelicans, and possibly whales.

Topics covered:

•Sailing Theory
•Safety Gear
•Points of Sailing
•Tacking & Jibing
•Crew Responsibilities
•Helmsmanship & Commands
•Getting Underway & Making Sail
•Sail Trimming
•Securing the Boat
•Nautical Terminology
•Finding & Reading the Wind Direction
•Mechanics of Rig & Sail
•Navigation Rules



Optional Textbook: (ASA: 101) Sailing Made Easy Book- by ASA: $25 before tax

The textbook can be purchased in our office or on the: American Sailing Association’s Website.

A digital copy of the textbook can also be purchased on iBooks.

Please Note: To become certified for ASA 101,  students must first complete the next class (Basic Coastal Cruising) before taking the ASA:101 written Test.

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.