Classes Aboard Songline
Sailing away is a dream shared by people the world over, but for most it remains just that–a dream. Until recently, the reality of voyaging in a small boat was unattainable by all but the rich or most daredevil among us. Today that has changed. Modern boats and the technology needed to navigate them across great distances in relative safety are now within reach. Whether you are interested in short-term cruising projects or long-term, open-ended cruising, our classes will provide you an opportunity to better understand the “how to’s” and “what if’s” of a cruising project.
When you go cruising, you and your boat form a system. Once mastered, you own a magic carpet that you can use to transport yourself physically and transform yourself spiritually.
Are you ready to find out what offshore cruising is all about?
Songline’s cruising classes are a great way to find out what it takes to actually away. How? Your crew just finished a six-year, 40,000 mile family voyage and they are eager to share their experiences and know-how.
Cruising is more than knowing how to sail. It is even more than great seamanship. Cruising is the whole thing–a way of life. During our classes you’ll share the lessons learned by one family who did it by sailing with us aboard Songline—our magic carpet.
Take this class if you want to:
Get a boat and sail away.
Charter or trailer a boat on cruising adventures.
Just get a better sense of what sailing away is really like.
What skill level is recommended for people taking this class?
You will get the most out of this class if you possess basic sailing skills equivalent to those provided by ASA sailing schools at the bareboat certification level.
The Learning Experience
Our aim is to have fun while learning. Many of the topics we cover will be practiced during a micro-voyage. You will be invited to help plan, provision, navigate, sail, anchor, weather route, explore, and problem solve all aspects of the voyage. We will also discuss issues, methods, and resources related to the cruising project.
First Steps From fantasy to reality
Brainstorming a voyage
Personal Preparation Developing the cruising mind-set
Assessing and developing sailing skills
Skipper leadership-crew followersip
Cockpit management and control
Breaking Away Financial preparations
Health and health insurance
Kids and school
Pets and boats
Jobs and employers
Family and friends
Voyaging safety net
Boats Choosing the boat
Buying the boat
Insuring the boat
Preparing the boat
Shoving-off Departure planning
Rallies, buddy boats, and helper crews
Provisioning and stowing everything
Underway Short-handed sailing
Cooking and eating underway
New jobs, old jobs
Baby the boat — baby the crew
Landfalls Ahoy Captain!
Port entry and departure
Official and unofficial fees
Transforming the boat into a home and back again
Finding what you need
Leaving the boat
Dinghies and wheels
Strangers in strange lands
The Cruising Community Cheap beer and potluck dinners
Experts that aren’t
Group decision making
Staying in Touch VHF radio
High Frequency Radio
Scary Stuff Really rough sailing
Things that go bump in the night
Water in the boat
Pirates and bad guys
Guns and other WMDs
Weather and Passage Planning Predicting the weather
Safety at Sea Visualization exercises
Rules and routines
Avoiding major mistakes
Changes Culture Shock
New ways of seeing
Coming Home Visiting home
Ending the cruise
Every class is tailored to fit your experience and aims. We operate in a close relationship Pacific Yachting, in Santa Cruz, California, an ASA certified sailing school. If you book your charter or class through one of our affiliates, you may be able to benefit from special pricing on ASA programs.
Songline’s skipper, Captain Marc Hersch, has been providing organizations with systems thinking and continuous improvement training since 1989. While consulting for a Japanese company, he discovered that sailing provided a perfect simulation of a system of enterprise. He went on to develop several on-the-water seminars that are both fun, instructive, and maybe even tax-deductible!
Contact Three Sigma Systems for details about these unique business classes