Basic Coastal Cruising

This course is designed for students who have completed the Basic Keelboat Sailing program and wish to gain the experience and qualifications necessary to bareboat charter at Spinnaker Sailing. The class, held aboard our new Andrews 21 sportboats, consists of up to three students and an instructor. ALL class time is spent on the water, where students gain the experience and confidence necessary to safely skipper a boat in the challenging conditions of San Francisco Bay. Students learn, among many other subjects, how to dock a boat with an auxiliary outboard engine, how and when to reef sails properly and how to deal with emergencies and everything a new sailor needs to know to have an enjoyable day cruising on the Bay. After achieving Basic Coastal Cruising Certification, students need to skipper the Andrews 21's a minimum of 4 times to be eligible for the J/80 Sportboat Endorsement Class.

Day 1

  • Introduction

  • Course Objectives & Certification Standards

  • BKS Review

  • Skipper Responsibilities

  • Docking Practice

  • Sailing Skills Review

  • MOB Practice

Day 3

  • Time, Distance, Speed Calculations

  • Plan ETAs for Angel Island Sail

    • Sail Around Angel Island:

    • Sailing Cross-Current

    • Navigational Aids

    • Local Hazards

    • When to Reef

    • Adjusting to High-Wind Conditions


Day 2

  • Homework Review (Q&A Session)

  • Local Sailing Conditions

  • Emergency Procedures

  • Fueling / Types of Outboards

  • Gybe Preventer

  • Proper use of Tide & Current Tables

  • Motoring Practice with Spring Lines

  • Sailing Skills: Heave-to, Reefing, MOB

Day 4

  • Chart 1 and Navigation Rules

  • Review for Written Test

  • Dockside Knot Test

  • Checklist Test

  • On-water ASA Certification Test

  • Q & A / Discussion





21-27' Keelboats

ASA Test: $45

Certification : ASA BCC

Prerequisite : BKS I & II

BCC is offered the 1st & 3rd weekends Monthly two days 11am - 4pm. Midweek Mon-Thurs 11am - 4pm.
 $1295 Weekends (two consecutive weeks, 4 days total)  or $1245 Midweek (4 consecutive days)

Cost of Certification through ASA is $70 for initial registration and $50 for the Test.