ASA 106 Advanced Coastal Cruising
The Class That Ties It All Together:
Gain ACTUAL Coastal Cruising Experiences!
106 Advanced Coastal Cruising
5 Days/4 Nights Liveaboard
$2500/1 per Student
Two student minimum requirement
May 21 - 25
October 22 - 26
ASA 106 teaches you to safely act as skipper and crew of a sailing vessel about 30 to 50 feet in length in coastal and inland waters, in any conditions.
Coastal cruisers typically sail anywhere from 5 to 50 miles from shore, popping in and out of inlets, waiting for optimal ocean conditions to "get back out there".
Each day of ocean sailing presents new conditions, one day you may have that perfect 15 knot broad reach wind and one foot seas, the next you may find a 20-25 knot wind blowing from the direction you intend to sail along with the 3-6 foot seas on the bow that typically come with it. There may be multiple days you choose to motor the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), or similar, as the ocean conditions are not favorable. Myrtle Beach Sailing School has geared their version of ASA 106 with these challenges in mind.
Our five day ASA 106 Advanced Coastal Cruising course allows you to plan then cruise a 100+ nautical mile passage to the Georgetown Lighthouse and back. You will gain experiences of day and night ocean sailing, anchoring behind sheltered barrier islands, as well as making landfall at night. Also included will be learning to traverse the Intracoastal Waterway, using your knowledge of Aids to Navigation to not run aground, learning about fixed and movable bridges, contacting the three swing Bridgetenders for passage while underway, and how to locate and choose anchorages.
Created for those that would like to learn to safely sail, day and night, 10-75 miles offshore on multi-day passages. Topics include safety and seamanship, weather and weather routing, day and night sailing, trip planning, navigation, man overboard practice, heavy weather planning and sailing, advanced sail trim, and more.
ASA 104 & 105 (available as online study)
Instructional Materials & Testing, Meals while Aboard
*Itinerary may change due to conditions.
What to Expect
Day 1: The course begins with provisioning then training during the evening and night in our local waters while prepping you for the Georgetown passage. We will be anchoring at un-inhabited Bird Island for the night.
Day 2: We will wake up early and cruise towards the Georgetown Lighthouse, traveling 50+ nautical miles on the ICW to a beautiful remote anchorage. Along the way you will be using your Aids to Navigation, Rules of the Road, and VHF knowledge.
Days 3-4: After a good night of rest, we will motor the final few miles to the lighthouse anchorage, preparing for our return evening and night sail to Little River Inlet, anchoring at Bird Island for the night. The morning of day 4 we will wake up and go sailing for a few hours, re-anchoring at Bird Island for the night.
Day 5: Written test day. The written test is mainly fill in the blank with explanations regarding the subject, therefore reading/studying prior to arrival is highly recommended.
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