We wanted to share a typical class itinerary with you. When cruising, it’s important to stay flexible – as plans can, and do, change due wind, weather or other unexpected conditions! Ideally, we are shooting for a good balance between time on the water and time at anchor to explore the beautiful islands and bays of The Sea of Cortez and enjoy the cruising life, while covering all the ASA material you need to master your skills and pass your written exams!
Arrive to La Paz. Welcome dinner at Restaurante Taberna Espanola at approx. 6 PM. After dinner you can get settled into your home for the week aboard Manta, our beautiful 44’ cruising catamaran or Imagine, our fantastic 45′ sloop (monohull).
Class begins at 09:00. Today is all about Basic Keelboat Sailing skills (ASA 101). After your instructor covers some sailing theory, safety and “rules of the road,” you will spend the rest of the day practicing tacks, jibes, heaving to and figure-8 man overboard maneuvers.
Exam day! You will begin the day taking your ASA 101 written exam, then it’s time to begin working on your Basic Coastal Cruising skills (ASA 103) and course material. Most importantly, you will spend most of the day practicing your sailing skills! Each class works out a little bit differently but typically you will anchor out at nearby Bahia Falsa, Pichilingue, Caleta Lobos, or Balandra Bay.
At some point today you will take your ASA 103 written exam and set sail for Isla Espiritu Santo. Today you begin to dig into the all-important Bare Boat Cruising (ASA 104) material and, of course, continue to hone your new sailing and cruising skills out on the water! Upon arrival at one of Espiritu Santo’s beautiful bays there should be plenty of time for a swim, some snorkeling, paddling or a hike.
The adventure continues as you delve into chart plotting and coastal navigation skills expertly skippering your trusty vessel to your next destination. Will it be Ensenada Grande? Playa Bonanza? Or maybe even Isla San Francisco or San Evaristo!
With much greater skills and confidence now, you will skipper the boat back to within range of the La Paz area, practicing your navigation, chart plotting and sailing skills along the way. You will also wrap up the ASA 104 exam today! Yay! The hard part is over!
If you are aboard the catamaran, you will knock out your last written test today completing the ASA 114 (Cruising Catamaran) written exam. Either way it’s back under sail today, cruising back to the dock at the beautiful Costa Baja Resort Marina enjoying the sights along the way. Who knows, maybe a pod of dolphins or even a whale or two will escort you along this final leg of your sailing adventure… You may be heading off to the airport this afternoon or staying over a little longer in La Paz. Either way, it’s been an epic adventure!