Vacation Courses on Lake Michigan

Class Location: Ludington, Michigan on Lake Michigan.
All courses start at the Ludington Municipal Marina, located at the corner of Loomis and Ferry Streets in downtown Ludington

Two-Part Bareboat Charter Certification: ASA Courses 103 & 104.

Basic Cruising (ASA 103) and Bareboat Charter (ASA 104) are taught on our 37' cruising auxiliary sailboat. This is a four-day liveaboard course. Course fee includes course materials – ASA textbooks, Sailing Fundamentals and Cruising Fundamentals, class notes and ASA Certifications. Students normally sleep aboard our sloop at the marina and anchor out on Saturday night. Lunches included Thursday and Friday and all meals included from Saturday lunch through Sunday lunch.

2012 Season:

Ludington 1: Thurs – Sun, June 21-24
Ludington 2: Thurs – Sun, July 5-8
Ludington 3: Mon – Thurs, July 9-12
Ludington 4: Thurs – Sun, July 19-22
Ludington 5: Thurs – Sun, July 26-29
Ludington 6: Thurs – Sun, Aug 2-5
Ludington 7: Thurs – Sun, Aug 23-26


Also see our Caribbean Vacation courses

Fee:  $995

Instructor to Student Ratio is One to Four Maximum!


Prerequisite: Basic Keelboat (ASA 101). Qualified sailors may test out of this course by passing a written exam and demonstrating on-the-water proficiency. Cost: $95.

* We are flexible.  If you would like day classes, private lessons, rides, refresher, etc. Please call.

Call Northern Breezes Sailing School in Ludington, MI directly at:
231-425-0305 to register or with questions.

The following two courses, Basic Cruising - ASA Course 103 and Bareboat Charter Certification - ASA 104, are included in the 4-day combined vacation course program. Read the individual course descriptions for more detail. Flexibility in response to weather often requires rearrangement of scheduling of specific items in the course from one day to a different day.

Basic Cruising -  ASA Course 103

This is the first part of a two-part program. Course is conducted on a 37' cruising auxiliary sailboat. Students will learn the fundamentals of large boat cruising while doing it! Preparation for skippering on larger bodies of water is the focus. The Basic Cruising Vacation course is combined with Bareboat Charter Cruising into a  four-day live-aboard  with preboarding the night before the course begins. The is the same program as our highly successful British Virgin Islands vacation week.

Course Outline
Lesson 1: Boat Systems & Battery, Electrical Panel, Engine, Prop Walk, Docking.
Lesson 2: Sail Trim, Crew Overboard Procedures, Reefing, Heaving to, Anchoring.
Lesson 3: Rules of the Road, Sound Signals, Buoys, Lights, VHF, Cruising Tips.
Lesson 4: Navigation, Chart Problem, Safety Systems, Heavy Weather Sailing, Written Exam.

Includes textbook, Sailing Fundamentals, published by American Sailing Association, class notes, exam and ASA certification.

Navigation instruments will be available for purchase.

Bareboat Chartering Certification - ASA Course 104

Bareboat Charter is taught by U.S. Coast Guard licensed captains on Lake Michigan. Qualified graduates will become bareboat charter certified on sailing yachts from 30 to 45 feet long. Students will prepare all meals onboard, and anchor out on Saturday night. Students will learn to maneuver the boat under power, dock, anchor, and navigate in differing weather conditions.

Course Outline
Lesson 1: Safety Orientation, Boat Systems, Docking & Getting Underway, Setting Sails, Reefing, Heaving To, Crew Overboard Drill, Anchoring.
Lesson 2: Review Day One, Navigation, Emergency Procedures, Cruising Tips, Written Exam.

Students should bring clothing for all weather conditions, sleeping bag, towel, and navigation instruments. (Navigation instruments will be available for purchase.) Meals from Saturday lunch through Sunday lunch are provided onboard.

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

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