ASA ADVANCED COURSES
MILE BUILDING CRUISES
Unless you are a full-time sailor, accumulating sea miles in your ASA/RYA logbook can be a long and expensive process. To progress to the next level sea miles are what count.
Our mile building cruises are designed to help you gain confidence in handling a larger yacht. They will enable you to sail in areas where the sun shines and there is no need for thermals and wet weather gear. Best of all, you get the chance to visit the Greek Islands and gain sea miles at the same time.
In a week’s normal charter you cover a relatively short distance, spending a lot of time relaxing and swimming. With our Mile building cruises, you will undertake qualifying passages for your ASA/RYA certificates. Distances of over 60nm nonstop, as well as night sails, will be the order of the day. You will learn about sailing in a watch system, cooking at sea, and the fun of sailing in open waters. The trips have no official syllabus so you will be part of an active crew, working and living together. If you have an ASA/RYA skippers certificate then you will be given the chance to be responsible for the running of the yacht, under the supervision of the instructor.
Even though you will be sailing most of the time when in port you will have ample opportunity to explore the islands you visit.
So who qualifies for these Trips?
Actually just about anyone. Obviously, if you have an ASA/RYA certificate and want to gain more experience and sea miles then these cruises are ideal. But on the other hand, if you are an able-bodied individual with a sense of adventure and want to experience something a little different then this may also be for you too!
About the only concern you will need to consider is if you get sea sick easily. These trips will be in open waters where the sea can get rough, and you will lose sight of land.
ASA 105, ASA 106 COURSES.
Students who have completed their ASA 104 can gain more sailing experience with Mile building cruises. Students can also Gain their ASA 105 ,106 certifications on these Mile building trips. While on these trips you will learn advanced sailing techniques, Hoist, and work with Spinnakers. You will be placed on a watch system and be sailing for as much as 30-40 hrs on-stop. You will visit distant Greek Islands where few tourists go, anchor in secluded bays. You will learn advanced navigation techniques, as well as watch keeping skills. As watch Skipper you will also learn about meteorology and destination planning. At the end of the trip, you will sit the 106 exams and earn the Coastal Skippers Certification.
10 DAY LIVEABOARD SKIPPERS COURSE
Learning to sail is a lifelong journey. Experienced yachtsmen will tell you that the sea will teach you something new every day. So being on the water and actually sailing on a yacht is an important part of learning and can not be duplicated well in a classroom.
Our 10 day liveaboard course is designed to effectively move an experienced sailor to a level of sailing that will allow them to safely operate a charter yacht. This all starts with learning the language of sailing. It’s important that he understand all terminologies. Sailing and living on a yacht can put you right in the middle of this world. So reading the teaching books becomes an exercise in immediate recognition of what the book is trying to tell you.
The 10 day liveaboard course is divided into 2 parts. The first part is run on the island of Poros and involves 3 days of intense sailing drills on a performance yacht. The 3 days of sailing in and around Poros island is designed to
solidify your knowledge of sailing techniques and yacht operations. At the end of the 3 days, you will take an oral exam. (100 multiple choice questions). The second half of the course starts on the 4th day and preparation of Offshore sailing begins with an extensive briefing on how the main teaching yacht a 57ft Ketch works and operates. You will also start preparing for your second exam.
Once students have passed the first half of the course, the teaching yacht departs on the second half of the course and sets sail for the Cyclades and offshore sailing lessons. Here in the next seven days you will have to navigate and sail around the Cyclades islands, Before finally completing an offshore transit passage back to Poros Island. During the seven days, there will be more written exams and an overall Instructors assessment. The course will finish in Poros island with the awards of Logbooks and Instructors farewell dinner.
What to expect onboard Off-Shore
Life onboard during your course will reflect an active yacht while passage making. You will be paired off with another student and be a watch team. As such you will have daily duties and days off. ‘On’ watch teams will be responsible for the running of the yacht, both in setting up the yacht on deck as well as down below domestic chores. You will be required to cook and clean, as well as drop anchor and put away the yacht after a day’s sail.
Typical daily routine.
The watch of the day, will need to be early risers, as breakfast is scheduled for 0800. Now that means whoever is designated ‘mother’ for the day is responsible for getting breakfast out and on the table. Meanwhile the ‘deck mate’ has their hands full, getting the yacht ready to sail, helping ‘mother’ with a quick run to the village bakery, getting the other students out of their bunks. Coordinating with the instructor about what he needs on deck made ready for the first class of the day.
First-class of the day is scheduled for 0900, every day. In most cases morning classes will continue to 1100. The classes will be a mixture of practical hands-on techniques and book learning. Once the morning classes are over, the yacht is ready for sea and departure from port. The rest of the day will be sailing and practicing your sailing skills. The evening will find you in a new port around 5 – 6 pm, after docking there will be a de-brief, a relaxing drink and the school day is over.
The overall concept is to introduce students to sailing quickly and gain confidence with intense practice on a smaller yacht before moving to a larger yacht and learning the skills that will allow you as a skipper to operate and navigate a charter yacht around the islands you will wish to visit. The offshore part of the school is designed to get you sailing between islands and navigating so that you have the confidence in finding out where you are. Learning sail trim and how to manage a sail plan and operate in different wind speeds as well as sea states is taught as you progress through your Off-shore sailing experience.
Students who successfully pass all exams will be qualified to operate a 40ft sailing yacht up to 25 miles away from land and on all inland waterways both in the USA and Internationally. The ASA ‘Bare-boat Skippers license’ is an Internationally recognized qualification to operate a vessel power or sail for the purpose of recreation.
What’s included in your 10-day trip….
- A private cabin on the yacht for the duration of the course. The yacht with all her sailing and safety equipment.
- Full-time Instructor/ Captain.
- All course materials, books, logbooks, examination fees, and ASA registration for a year.
- All Linens, Towels, Blankets etc… (Beach Towels not included).
- Full Breakfast, Full Lunch on board, plus Snacks during the day, Bottled water, etc.
- All Fuel costs during your cruise, all freshwater, and ice as needed for the cruise.
- Harbor Fees, Marina Fees, Local taxes, Yacht Insurance, plus charter contract taxes.
- Cleaning Fee at the end of your charter