Offered Fall and Spring
5 days of three-hour lecture at beginning of semester First 5 weeks of each semester
1 two-hour review session
1 day Dockside Demonstration in San Pedro (4 hours)
2 day Sailing Voyage (Friday-Saturday, dates selected after semester begins)
No prior experience necessary
Students acquire the skills to crew aboard an offshore sailing vessel.
During the theoretical portion of the class, students learn crew-level seamanship and the navigation skills necessary to operate a sailing vessel offshore. A total of 16 lecture hours are spent on campus learning these skills in theory. Additionally, there is a dockside demonstration/orientation of the schooner Atlantas, the flagship vessel for the Nautical Science Program. This session is intended to familiarize students with the vessel prior to crewing aboard. The dockside demonstration also provides a good platform for applying classroom discussions to the real world.
For the newcomer to sailing, this will also provide a platform and context for the classroom discussions.
At the completion of the theoretical portion of the class, students will embark on a two-day, overnight sailing voyage. Depending on enrollment, students will sail on Atlantas, Artemis, Mahalo, Pohono, or one of several chartered vessels. During their time aboard, all students will participate in helmsmanship and navigation, applying seamanship and navigation skills learned in the classroom. Students sleep onboard the vessels in shared bunk areas and experience a shore-call at their overnight destination. Vessel departure time is 9:30am on the first day; return is approximately 5:00pm on day two.
Basic Sailing Theory
CNET Skills Profile for Crew Level Course (001ax)
Mission: to train a student in the fundamentals of sailing theory, marlinspike seamanship, ship handling and rules of the road. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to perform the duties of crewman on an offshore sailing vessel as outlined in Offshore Sail Training Manual P1552/1 (Series) and in accordance with the applicable sail training manual(s). Chief of Naval Education and Training.
Profile Statements: Tasks Taught
- Identify lines, rigging and sails on a sailboat using standard nomenclature
- Identify standing and running rigging associated with the use of sails
- Identify common sailing rigs
- Analyze the forces applicable to the aerodynamics of sails
- Locate and identify a sailing vessel safety equipment and running rigging.
- Identify basic principles and skills of marlinspike seamanship
- Identify the use of the square knot, bowline, clove hitch, stopper knot, sheet bend, and half hitch
- Identify the function of mooring system components
- List the sequence of steps for anchoring a sailing vessel
- Identify ground tackle associated with a sailing vessel anchoring
- Trim sails for each point of sail
- Identify environmental and inherent factors associated with ship handling
- Assist in mooring a sailing vessel
- Identify terms and definitions associated with Rules of the Road
- Identify lights required by Rules of the Road for sail and power vessels
- Identify crewman watch station requirements for an offshore sailing vessel
- Maneuver a sailboat to each of the four points of sail
- Chart reading and basic navigation
- Safety systems