J World Sailing School Club and Teambuilding and Charters - San Francisco and Puerto Vallarta

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Coastal and Offshore Cruising Instruction and Courses - J World San Francisco Bay

Live-Aboard Coastal & Offshore Cruising Instruction - Course Description

This sailing course is for the more advanced sailor.  If you are moving up to a larger boat, interested in the shipboard life of passage-making and adventure sailing, or if you are wanting to bareboat charter, this course is for you.  For this one, we take the classroom underway!  J World Sailing School teaches this sailing class aboard a 40-50 foot sailboat.

The liveaboard cruising course will give you the confidence you need for offshore cruising and/or coastal cruising.  We offer seven, five, and three day options at all of our locations.  J World Sailing School also offers special adventure sailing Liveaboard Cruising courses in the Channel Islands, Mexico, Hawaii, and other outstanding destinations.  Please see our special events page or contact us for details and information.

For all these sailing courses, we create our float-plan as a group on the first day, taking into consideration our goals and current weather conditions.  We have a maximum of four sailors per class, so you are guaranteed plenty of personal attention.   

The Seven Day Liveaboard Cruising Courses are usually special events, and often have separate starting and ending ports.  Trips such as San Francisco to Santa Barbara and Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas happen regularly throughout the year.  See our special events page or contact us for additional information on upcoming possibilities. 

The Five Day Liveaboard Cruising Course (Monday - Friday) is our most popular cruising course.  Possible destinations from our San Francisco Bay base include sailing to Monterrey Bay, Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, Bolinas Bay, San Pablo Bay, and the Sacramento River Delta.  From San Diego, we regularly head out to the Channel Islands and Catalina.  In Puerto Vallarta, we explore the further reaches of Banderas Bay, and venture along the Mexican coastline to some beautiful areas which can be found along less-traveled paths.

The Three Day Liveaboard Cruising Course runs Friday to Sunday in San Francisco Bay, San Deigo, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

The course covers many topics in great detail, including:

  • Advanced Sail Trim
  • Advanced and electronic navigation
  • Passage planning
  • Provisioning
  • Weather analysis
  • Night sailing
  • Offshore safety gear
  • Heavy weather tactics
  • Seamanship skills

Live-Aboard Cruising Course - Requirements

The ability to comfortably sail an auxiliary powered sailboat. Knowledge of sailing, seamanship, basic navigation, and boat handling.

Live-Aboard Cruising Course Certifications Available

US Sailing Basic Cruising
US Sailing Bareboat Cruising

In order to obtain certifications you must already have the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification and a current US Sailing membership. We include one certification with each course. Sailors with sufficient previous experience may complete the course work for both certifications in the five-day Live-Aboard Offshore Cruising. The cost for additional certification is $60.00.  Please contact us directly to discuss this option.

Coastal and Offshore Cruising and Sailing Courses


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Coastal and Offshore Cruising and Sailing Courses

J World's Guarantee
We are confident that J World Sailing School will exceed your expectations. But if, for any reason, it does not and you are dissatisfied with the sailing course you have taken, you may retake it tuition free. We at J World, all share your desire to improve your sailing performance. That's absolutely guaranteed.


Special Events
Sea of Cortez Cruises
Offshore Cruise - Hawaii to CA
Annual Fall Cruise to Mexico
The Baja-Ha-Ha
Spring Sea of Cortez Cruise

Coastal and Offshore Cruising and Sailing Courses

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