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When you are ready to take your knowledge from 101 Basic Keelboat ground school,to the next level of sailing knowledge: adding reefing, anchoring, basic navigation and good mariner stuff to what you've already learned, then this is the right place for your next step. OR when you are facing the prospect of taking the 103 Basic Coastal Cruising written exam, this is the right summary course to review to help you pass your exam with flying colors. Additionally, you will have the knowledge that will bring you to a whole new level of understanding sailing: intermediate level terminology, systems, concepts and tips to help you make sense of your on-the-water experience.
This course is patterned after the format of the American Sailing Association's learn to sail programs. It does not take the place of an ASA instructor or on-the-water practice and experience. However it contains a body of essential knowledge to advance your skills and seamanship. This course contains over two hours of content – utilizing over 250 colorful pictures, graphics and narrations by a senior ASA instructor to add to your experience of having “been there done that" before you ever face the situation on the water. The content is divided into seven modules: Terminology (Sailor-speak); Anchoring, Rules of the Road; Charts and Navigation; Knots to Know; and Required/Good to Know. Supplemental content covers some topics in detail… all essential knowledge to advance your confidence and competence while sailing an auxiliary powered sloop rig in light to moderate sea conditions and winds.
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|Section 1: A brief introduction to 103 Basic Coastal Cruising|
My Ivy League, military, corporate, and consulting backgrounds plus years of flight instruction all contribute to this work. Here is a brief introduction of my sailing background these past 15 years.
|Section 2: Our common language "Sailor-speak"|
Why do I need to know this language? Sailing is a team sport with defined roles (more than you know at this stage),
|Section 3: Happy Hooking|
At first you anchor because it's cheaper than staying at a marina dock. Later you anchor because it's a peaceful way to get away from the maddening crowd in your own private gunkhole.
|Section 4: Happy sails and reefing|
Be ready to practice the five step process of "shortening sail" in a freshening wind... in order to keep your boat under control, limit the stress on the standing rigging and continue sailing safely.
|Section 5: Rules of the Road|
If it floats it's a vessel! There are many different types of vessels on the water - from mega-freighters to kayaks - and we must know the pecking order in order to properly maneuver to avoid a collision with each type.
The Rules of the Road do for sailors what road rules do for drivers: increase order, trust and predictability, and prevent collisions. In my opinion they are simpler and easier to learn than driving on the roads.
|Section 6: Charts and Navigation|
It's time to spread your wings beyond your local area. A chart is to a sailor what a roadmap is to a driver. Whether a weekend or a year-long trip, It's the essential tool of navigation: where you identify your present location, your destination, and plan how to efficiently and safely get there.
You need to be able to read the chart symbology (icons) on the chart and know what it looks like in the real world on the water. Here's a primer.
|Section 7: Six knots we regularly use on a sailboat|
Increase your "crew value" by knowing these basic knots in common use on a sailboat. These knots have been selected because they each serve a specific purpose. Additionally they hold when you want them to hold and equally important release when you want them to release.
|Section 8: Legal and Good to Know|
When you leave the dock as skipper you are legally responsible for having required legal and safety gear on board.
This is a catch-all for adding to your "good to know" knowledge, and also items on the 103 Basic Coastal Cruising exam that have not been previously covered.
Following undergraduate studies at Princeton University and a military tour of duty in the Pacific Howard's three-part work career included (1) corporate staff positions with Hewlett Packard and Atlantic Richfield.(2) entrepreneur building four companies, and (3) management consultant and trainer in the field of organizational transformation and development. He has trained thousands of Fortune 1000 employees throughout North America and Asia in organizational change, leadership development and teamwork.
His sailing resume includes yacht deliveries, sailing instruction, captaining sailboat charters in the San Juan Islands (Washington) and Desolation Sound (Canada) between May and October and charter captain and instructor in Florida and the Caribbean between November and April. In his spare time he writes about boating and seamanship.
He has sailed U.S. East Coast ports from Halifax Nova Scotia to Key West, Florida; the Florida Gulf Coast; and U.S. West Coast from Alaska and Canada to Mexico. He has enjoyed sailing yachts in Florida, the Bahamas, Bermuda, B.V.I's, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Puget Sound, Gulf Islands and Desolation Sound (Canada), British Columbia, Alaska and the Sea of Cortez and west coast of Mexico. He has held the position of navigator in several long distance sailing races. Additionally he completed a six month solo voyage with his golden retriever. And is recently returned from one year of cruising Mexico.
Howard holds U.S. Merchant Marine Officer license #1155804, for motor and sail vessels up to 100-gross tons.He is an American Sailing Association instructor, certified in Basic Keelboat (101) through Advanced Coastal Cruising (106).
My passion for the sea and commitment to share skills and knowledge are boundless. Few things give me more pleasure than to travel beside you on your journey to build your sailing confidence and expand your sailing knowledge and take essential steps to living your dream.