Hi, Reed --
114 is taught at San Juan
Sailing. My wife and I took the weeklong version last year (in August). The instructor is excellent and uses his own cat, a Manta
42. They were flexible in the course work and we combined it with Coastal Nav (although the ASA Coastal Nav book is awful) to make for a pretty full week. However, the Gulf Islands are very nice, we got some excellent sails
, and, as you say, being close to home certainly reduces the cost.
As to cats not being popular in the NW, that has been our experience, too. However, more and more of them are appearing. We don't worry about that -- if a cat is your interest, then this is a good resource. San Juan
Sailing did a good job in the provisioning
, the boat (Ninja) is in great condition, and the captain/instructor is competent, patient, and a joy to be around -- even for a week.