Basic Coastal Cruising – The Overnight Adventure!


Basic Coastal Cruising Schedule

Ready for the Overnight Adventure?  Our second level course is Basic Coastal Cruising.  This is two days of sailing on a larger sailboat which will teach you:

  • Engines & Handling Under Power
  • VHF Radios
  • Sailing Terminology
  • Duties of Skipper & Crew
  • Seamanship & Anchoring
  • Reefing & Heaving To
  • Compass Steering
  • Safety Harnesses
  • Navigation & Chart Reading
  • Weather Forecasting
  • USCG Required Gear


Location – Basic Coastal Cruising starts on Saturday from our home in New York Harbor. Then you head out on an adventure. You will sail down the harbor, past the Verrazano Narrows and to Sandy Hook before stopping for the night at Atlantic Highlands. Then you sail back to New York Harbor on Sunday.

Schedule – Basic Coastal Cruising is taught on weekends from Saturday at 9 am until Sunday at 7 pm.

Boats – We teach Basic Coastal Cruising on a fast and sleek J/105 named “Gratitude” which is equipped with a roller furling jib, an asymmetrical spinnaker, navigation equipment and a steering wheel.


Class Size – Each course is limited to 6 students (a minimum of 4 students are needed for the course to go forward).

Tuition – Tuition for Basic Coastal Cruising is $590 per person.  ASA certification is included in this tuition.

Group Discounts – Students who sign up together using a single registration form will received the following group discounts: 2 students = 5% off ($560 per person), 3 students = 10% off ($531 per person), 4 students = 15% off ($501 per person).

Where to Stay – Students are encouraged to make this a real adventure. Sail all day and then once the put is put away, sit yourself down at a great restaurant on the waterfront. This will be a mini-vacation away from the city. You can book overnight accommodations at a nearby hotel or AirBnB. Or you can return to the city by Uber (but it is much better to enjoy yourself at the restaurant relaxing, munching on some shrimp and sipping a cold beer or margarita!).

Rescheduling – You can reschedule your course up to two weeks in advance at no charge. Within the final two weeks, there is a $100 rescheduling fee. No rescheduling is permitted within the final 2 days.  You can cancel a course up to two weeks in advance and we will refund you the tuition less a $50 course material and processing fee. Within the final two weeks, the cancellation fee is $100. No cancellations are permitted within the final two days.

Basic Coastal Cruising Schedule

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