I just finished ASA 101,103, 104 (fast track) with Marina Sailing in Long Beach. Like many here, I have pretty extensive power boat
experience and I grew up sailing boats up to 25 feet. I've owned 2 powerboats and 2 sailboats.
I really appreciated my 5 day class. I stayed on the boat
(Beneteau 423) and got to experience what it would be like to take my family
on an extended sailing vacation
. Our instructor shared his experience in a fun but structured environment
. I appreciated our hands on work fixing the bilge pump
, clearing some jammed lines while sailing, and checking the batteries/motor before setting sail.
We had a minor emergency
when the windlass
failed and we were pushed toward a lee shore while trying to pull the anchor
. We worked as a team, fixed the windlass
and stayed safe.
All of these were "real life" events
that could easily happen on a bareboat
Finally, I appreciated the excellent boar handling instruction we received. Our teacher gives lectures and classes on tight quarters manuevering all over LA. By the end of the week, all of us had successfully positioned the boat
in many tight docking
situations. To me, this practice was worth the price
of the class itself!
I am PRO ASA!