Three to Five Day Family / Group / Friends Vacation Certification Course 

 

Northern Breezes Sailing School named "School Of The Year."

 

Pictured: Captain Steve Burns with "Kirby." America Perez and Sherry Twelmeyer flying the asymmetrical cruising spinnaker aboard "Shanti."

 

Class Locations:

Apostle Islands, Lake Superior. Vacation Courses are held on cruising sailboats in the beautiful Apostle Islands near Bayfield, Wisconsin. Students may pre-board the boat after 5 PM on the evening before the course starts.

Any Basic Keelboat or Basic Small Boat Location.  We offer Family & Friends versions of all our courses, including Basic Keelboat and Basic Small Boat. 

Link to Apostles Islands National Lakeshore: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Link to "Our Marina," at Pike's Bay, two miles south of Bayfield, Wisconsin: Pike's Bay Marina

Northern Breezes offers a unique instruction and certification program to meet the needs of family and friends interested in creating and sharing exciting sailing adventures. We've designed the course to be personalized for your family or group. We do this without compromising our high standards. Here's how it works:

Many families have one or two members who are interested in being certified. There may be other family members who would like to become familiar with the boat, contribute as crew, etc., but not have to meet the standards of the certification. Often these are the very crew the prospective skipper will have on their own yacht, whether chartered or owned. The one or two members who are going to become skippers in this course will be expected to meet all the national and international standards of the American Sailing Association for the desired certification. The crew will be taught on a personalized basis based on age, interest and experience level. The crew will accomplish many skill sets and feel empowered as sailors. They will be the best crew they can be in support of their skippers.

Prospective skippers should meet any prerequisite standard for the certification they are attempting. Call us with your experience and/or course options so we can find the right course for you. Every brochure or flyer we publish contains the phrase, "We are flexible . . . please call." We mean it and it probably applies to this class as much as any other we do. After deciding which course to take, select your crew, whether they are family or friends. Your instruction will focus on the ASA standards and the team building / teamwork of your crew whom you'll be chartering with in the future.

The number of crew allowed on the boat varies, depending on the course. Crew should be well briefed. We leave it to the skippers to do this with a little help from us.

Provisions are generally brought by you and your group. However if this is a problem, we can and often do provision the boats for you for a slight fee. If you provision the boat, please include the Captain in your plans.

Successful completion of this course will empower you with the knowledge and confidence to safely and comfortably skipper boats. Start creating memories, realizing your own sailing dreams and best of all doing it with your most likely sailing partners, your own family and friends! Northern Breezes is here to assist you!

Basic Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Charter Options:

The Three Day Option. The cost is based on the number of Bareboat Skippers being nationally certified by Northern Breezes to the American Sailing Association standards. One Bareboat Skipper receiving the Basic Cruising (103 standard) and Bareboat Charter (104 standard) is $1,899 plus provisions for the entire group. Two Bareboat Skippers receiving the Basic Cruising (103 standard) and Bareboat Charter (104 standard) is $2,099 plus provisions for the entire group. Remember that all crew members receive valuable training and a Northern Breezes “Competent Crew Certificate.” Two certifying students is the most you want to do in three days.
Note: Pricing includes one set of course textbooks to share. Additional course textbooks may be purchased. Pricing for the Three Day Option is based on scheduling Monday through Wednesday. Any Three Day schedule that overlaps any days from Thursday through Sunday is $2,999.

The Four Day Option. Again the cost is based on the number of Bareboat Skippers being nationally certified by Northern Breezes to the American Sailing Association standards. One Bareboat Skipper receiving the Basic Cruising (103 standard) and Bareboat Charter (104 standard) is $2,399 plus provisions for the entire group. Two Bareboat Skippers receiving the Basic Cruising (103 standard) and Bareboat Charter (104 standard) is $2,599 plus provisions for the entire group. Three Bareboat Skippers receiving the Basic Cruising (103 standard) and Bareboat Charter (104 standard) is $2,799 plus provisions for the entire group. Four Bareboat Skippers receiving the Basic Cruising (103 standard) and Bareboat Charter (104 standard) is $2,999 plus provisions for the entire group.
Note: Pricing includes one set of course textbooks to share. Additional course textbooks may be purchased. Pricing for the Four Day Option is based on scheduling Thursday through Sunday. Any other Four Day schedule that overlaps any days from Thursday through Sunday is $2,999.

The Five Day Relaxed Option.
Again the cost is based on the number of Bareboat Skippers being nationally certified by Northern Breezes to the American Sailing Association Standards. One Bareboat Skipper receiving the Basic Cruising (103 standard) and Bareboat Charter (104 standard) is $2,899 plus provisions for the entire group. Two Bareboat Skippers receiving the Basic Cruising (103 standard) and Bareboat Charter (104 standard) is $3,099 plus provisions for the entire group. Three Bareboat Skippers receiving the Basic Cruising (103 standard) and Bareboat Charter (104 standard) is $3,299 plus provisions for the entire group. Four Bareboat Skippers receiving the Basic Cruising (103 standard) and Bareboat Charter (104 standard) is $3,499 plus provisions for the entire group.
Note: Pricing includes one set of course textbooks to share. Additional course textbooks may be purchased.

To start your registration, please return the form below with preferred dates and course info either online or by snail mail to:
Northern Breezes Sailing School, 3949 Winnetka Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55427

Phone: 763-542-9707 Fax: 763-542-8998

What will I learn? There will be two ashore seminar sessions of approximately one to two hours. The On-the-Water Instruction includes the following topics, the complete standards are in the links which follow:

Under Power/Docking
Dock Line Management
Testing Engine and Transmission
Spinning
Backing
Approaches
Departures
Dinghy Handling

Under Sail
Securing for Sea
Raising and Setting Sails
Points of Sail
Tacking
Jibing
Heaving to
Reefing and Shaking Out Reefs
Sail Changes
Person Overboard Recoveries (two methods)

Seamanship
Weather, Weather, Weather
General Safety Issues
Radio Use
Right-of-Way Rules
Basic Navigation
Crew Direction and Management

Class Location:

Apostle Islands, Lake Superior
All courses start at Pikes Bay Marina in Bayfield, Wisconsin.

Three to Five Day Family / Group / Friends Vacation Certification Course

These courses are scheduled based on the group’s needs and schedules. They often are an addition to or replace one of our regularly scheduled vacation classes. We offer this course from June through September and WE ARE FLEXIBLE, if the dates below do not meet your needs. If you wish to discuss an alternate schedule, please call us at 763-542-9707.

2017 Season
Docking Lake Minnetonka: Sat-Sun: May 20-21
Spring Delivery Adventure: Sat-Mon: May 27-29*
Docking Bayfield: Sat-Sun: June 3-4
Family&Friends 1: Mon-Wed: June 5-7
Bayfield 2: Thurs-Sun: June 8-11
Family&Friends 3: Mon-Wed: June 12-14
Bayfield 4: Thurs-Sun: June 15-18
Family&Friends 5: Mon-Wed: June 19-21
Bayfield 6: Thurs-Sun: June 22-25
Western Lake Superior Destination Adventure: Fri-Fri: June 23-30*
Family&Friends 7: Mon-Wed: June 26-28
Bayfield 8: Thurs-Sun: June 29-July 2
Family&Friends 9: Mon-Wed: July 3-5
Bayfield 10: Thurs-Sun: July 6-9
Family&Friends 11: Mon-Wed: July 10-12
Bayfield 12: Thurs-Sun: July 13-16
National Parks-Isle Royale and Apostle Islands Adventure: Fri-Fri July 14-21*
Family&Friends 13: Mon-Wed: July 17-19
Bayfield 14: Thurs-Sun: July 20-23
Family&Friends 15: Mon-Wed: July 24-26
Bayfield 16: Thurs-Sun: July 27-30
Family&Friends 17: Mon-Wed: July 31-Aug 2
Bayfield 18: Thurs-Sun: Aug 3-6
Family&Friends 19: Mon-Wed: Aug 7-9
Bayfield 20: Thurs-Sun: Aug 10-13
Family&Friends 21: Mon-Wed: Aug 14-16
Bayfield 22: Thurs-Sun: Aug 17-20
Family&Friends 23: Mon-Wed: Aug 21-23
Bayfield 24: Thurs-Sun: Aug 24-27
Family&Friends 25: Mon-Wed: Aug 28-30
Bayfield 26: Thurs-Sun:  Aug 31-Sept. 3
Family&Friends 27: Mon-Wed: Sept 4-6
Bayfield 28: Thurs-Sun: Sept 7-10
Western Lake Superior Destination Adventure: Fri-Fri Sept 8-15*
Family&Friends 29: Mon-Wed: Sept 11-13
Bayfield 30: Thurs-Sun: Sept 14-17
Family&Friends 31: Mon-Wed: Sept 18-20
Bayfield 32: Thurs-Sun: Sept 21-24
Family&Friends 33: Mon-Wed: Sept 25-27
Fall Delivery Adventure: Sat-Mon: Sept. 30-Oct 2*

* Fun Sails with Learning and Experience but "No" Set Class

 
Follow the links to the complete standards for Basic Cruising (ASA 103) and Bareboat Charter (ASA 104).

Successful completion of this course will empower you with the knowledge and confidence to safely and comfortably Bareboat Skipper. Start creating memories with your own sailing dreams and experiences! Northern Breezes is here to assist you!

 

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Northern Breezes Sailing School
3949 Winnetka Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN  55427
Call  (763) 542-9707

American Sailing Association Sailing School


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