Winter 2024 Newsletter

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Thank You for a Great 2023!

As we end the 2023 season and look ahead to 2024, our Team, my family & I would like to say "Thank You!" to those that joined us sailing this year! A lot of laughs, storytelling and friendships were made and we hope to see some of you back for additional classes, passage training, or out there on your own sailboat.

2024 brings some exciting additions, news and adventures to our sailing school. Along with the release of our ocean sailing/passage training schedule and our ASA 106 Advanced Coastal Cruising dates, we are excited to announce that we are adding two additional ASA sailing certifications to our school, ASA 102 Keelboat 2 and ASA 114 Cruising Catamaran. We have also created a new local sailing club to encourage and build the cruising community in our area.

Take a look below for a sneak peek for 2024!

See you on the water,

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We Are Now Offering ASA 114 Cruising Catamaran

Ocean Sailing + Overnight Anchoring = FANTASTIC CATAMARAN COURSE!

ASA 114 Cruising Catamaran
We are excited to announce that we will be offering the ASA 114 Cruising Catamaran course beginning in March. Hop aboard a 42ft Lagoon 42 TPI for three days of ocean sailing along with two nights at anchor at Bird Island to prepare you for life aboard.

ASA 114 will be offered as a 114 stand-alone course, a 104 + 114 liveaboard combo, and a private 104 + 114 couple/pair liveaboard combo.

Reservations for all courses, including ASA 114 Cruising Catamaran, for 2024 can be made online! 

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Yes...There is FINALLY an ASA 102!

Improve Your CRUISING LEVEL Sail Trim:
Arrive to your Destination Faster while Sailing More Comfortably!

ASA 102 Keelboat 2
A new sailing course has been introduced by American Sailing for 2024. ASA 102 Keelboat 2 will focus on sail trim and controls, teaching you "when and why" sail controls knowledge.

The BIG question some may have:
"Why would I want to take the 102 "sail trim" course when it did not seem so important before?"

Why wouldn't you want to take two to three minutes to make control adjustments and improve your sailboat performance while also making the boat more comfortable for everyone?

ASA 102 will be offered as a 102 stand-alone course, a 101 + 102 or 102 + 103 liveaboard combo, and a private 101 + 102 or 102 + 103 couple/pair liveaboard combo.

Reservations for all courses, including ASA 102 Keelboat 2, for 2024 can be made online! 

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Our ASA 106 Advanced Coastal Cruising Schedule is Live

The Class that Ties it all Together: Gain ACTUAL Coastal Cruising Experiences!

"We run our 106 just a little bit different than the rest..."

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, electronic navigation, learning about fixed and movable bridges, contacting the three swing Bridgetenders for passage while underway, and how to locate and choose anchorages.

This course is PERFECT for those just about ready to "get out there".

2024 ASA 106 Dates:
May 21 - 25
October 22 - 26

Learn More

Prerequisites for ASA106:

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2024 Ocean Sailing/Passage Training Schedule

"Sometimes It's About A Change In Perspective"

Join one of our offshore adventure sailing passages up and down the U.S. Southeast Coast.

We are excited to announce our 2024 ocean sailing/passage training schedule. In early 2024 we will be sailing to sunny Biscayne Bay and back; island-hopping through the Florida Keys to Key West; and sailing to Charleston and back. We will be adding additional passages at a later date.

Beginner through advanced sailors, those seeking a learning sailing vacation, as well as adventure seekers are invited aboard. As working crew you will have the opportunity to participate in every facet of the journey in an environment that promotes active learning.

Mar 23 - 30 FULL (accepting waitlist)
Myrtle Beach to Biscayne Bay

Mar 31 - Apr 7 FULL (accepting waitlist)
Florida Keys Cruise

Apr 21 - 28 Cabin(s) Available
Biscayne Bay to Myrtle Beach

May 6 - 10 Cabin(s) Available

Additional Late Season Dates Coming Soon

Learn More

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New Local Sailing Club for 2024

We are excited to announce our new NAC Sailing Club for 2024!

Created for boat owners as well as non-boat owners, our sailing club will focus on encouraging and building our local sailing community. Beginning in April and ending in November, we will offer offer up once-per-month (at a minimum) opportunities to go sailing as group. Day sails, overnighters at anchor, and multi-day trips will be on our calendar. The club will be for sailors in the greater Myrtle Beach area, stretching from Georgetown, SC  to Southport, NC.

2024 sailing opportunities include destination sailing from Little River Inlet to Southport, Charleston and Bald Head Island; Day sails with overnight anchorages at Bird Island; and multiple day sails.

Actual calendar available in Member Section

Learn More

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Have the Docking Blues?

Learn to dock safely!

Our 2024 ASA 118 Docking Endorsement schedule is live.

Taught on our Beneteau Oceanis 390.

Our one to two day course will allow you to practice docking and undocking in a variety of situations, including bow-in and stern-in slip docking as well as docking on an outside dock. This hands-on session improves your boat handling and dock line use allowing you to safely dock a 25ft to 45ft auxiliary powered sailboat.

Gain hands-on experience to safely and efficiently dock an auxiliary powered sailboat.

A private 1-day docking course is available for a couple/pair. Call Jason at 843-241-6874 to discuss.

2024 Schedule:
May 18-19
July 20-21
Sept 21-22

Learn More

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Increase Your Sailing Knowledge From Home!

The ASA and Starpath have joined forces to provide a series of online courses. All the courses allow students to study at their own pace and include opportunities to interact with instructors. At the end of the course all graduating students earn official ASA certifications.

For those interested in taking our ASA 106 Advanced Coastal Cruising course we highly recommend you take your ASA 105 Coastal Navigation course with Starpath.

There courses are excellent for the winter!

Available Online Courses:

  • ASA 105 Coastal Navigation
  • ASA 107 Celestial Navigation
  • ASA 117 Basic Celestial Endorsement
  • ASA 119 Basic Weather Endorsement
  • ASA 120 Radar Endorsement

Learn More

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Rent Our Cottage!

Located in Myrtle Beach, Hazel's House is a former beach cottage built in the 1920's. It was moved three blocks inland after surviving Hurricane Hazel in the 50's.

Recently totally renovated, Hazel's House is now available to be rented by our sailing school students as well as their family and friends. It is a cozy one bedroom, one bathroom cottage that is available for couples or individuals only.

Learn More

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