Nothing beats hands on experience when it comes to improving your boating skills and learning new ones. This year, Discover Boating® and Strictly Sail Long Beach present a selection of on-water seminars and clinics designed to add more fun and excitement to your Strictly Sail experience… and take your sailing skills up a notch. There’s something for everyone—whether you are new to sailing or looking to polish your blue water skills!
90-minute hands-on, skills-building clinics offer specific sailing skills instruction. Choose one… or several. You’ll learn skills that will last a lifetime. There is a nominal registration fee for each session.
3-hour underway seminars offer in-depth training and more practice time. Registration fee for each seminar includes complimentary show admission for the day; participants must be a least 18 years of age.
These hands-on, underway clinics and seminars are taught by American Sailing Association (ASA) certified instructors who are professional United States Coast Guard (USCG) licensed captains. Space in these popular events is very limited and advance registration is highly recommended.
Learn basic and intermediate skills through hands-on, underway exercises taught by American Sailing Association (ASA) Certified Instructors aboard 30' to 40' sailboats. Registration fee: $25 per session. Limited to 4 persons per boat. Paid show admission required for access to these clinic.
Introduction to Sailing
Are you new to Sailing (or just a little rusty)? Learn how easy and fun sailing is by participating in one of ASA’s basic skills clinics aboard a 30' to 40' sailing vessel. During these 90 minute sessions, based on ASA’s proven sail training curriculum, you’ll learn how to raise, lower and trim the sails, tack and jibe, steer a compass course, and more.
Coastal Cruising— For more experienced sailors
Based on ASA curriculum for Coastal Cruising (ASA 103) and Bareboat Charter (ASA 104), this 90-minute clinic offers intermediate skills-building opportunities. You'll learn essential skills including how to heave to, reef the sails, steer with the sails, advanced sail trim and crew overboard recovery methods.
Docking Under Power & Close Quarters Boat Control
Although not often practiced except when departing and returning to the slip, these are important skills. Close quarters maneuvering skills taught as part of the ASA Docking “Endorsement” in this-90 minute session includes the following: 360 degree turns in tight spaces (back and fill), backing down a narrow channel in a straight line, how to handle propwalk, how to manage the boat confidently in windy conditions, coming alongside a pier (fuel dock) and more.
Space is very limited for these events so advance registration is highly recommended. For additional details, including schedule and registration requirements CLICK HERE.
Sailing Made Easy
If you’ve ever dreamed of sailing off into the sunset, this 3-hour introductory program is the perfect way to get started… and learn fundamental skills that will last a lifetime. It's ideal for new sailors as well as those who are simply looking for a refresher. You'll learn how to raise, lower and trim the sails, use the winch safely and correctly, sail a compass course on different points of sail, tack and jibe, and execute a crew overboard recovery maneuver.
Instruction is taken directly from ASA’s Sailing Made Easy program. Registration fee: $125 includes show admission for the day; registration is limited to 5 persons per boat. For more details and to reserve your space CLICK HERE
Advanced Sailing Skills
The ASA has brought together some of its most experienced blue water instructors to help beginner and intermediate sailors improve their ability to handle the offshore environment. This 3-hour underway seminar is geared to persons with some sailing experience. You will learn advanced heavy weather tactics including sail plan management, advanced sail shaping and sail trim, downwind sailing strategies and how to rig and use a preventer, advanced close quarters boat control for docking and maneuvering in tight spaces, and more. All instruction is through hands-on exercises aboard 30' to 40' sailboats.
All instruction is taken directly from ASA’s Advanced Coastal Cruising (ASA 106) program. Registration fee: $125 includes show admission for the day. Limited to 5 persons per boat. For more details and to reserve your space in this unique program CLICK HERE
Introduction to Cruising Catamarans — A Strictly Sail Long Beach exclusive!
Experience firsthand the expansive comfort, impressive speed and precise maneuverability of the modern cruising catamaran along with the unique sailing and handling needs of larger “Cats.” This 3-hour underway, hands-on seminar is ideal for newcomers and monohull sailors with little to no experience on multihulls. It’s also a great “charter starter”.
ASA instructors will cover Cruising Catamaran fundamentals including techniques for tacking and jibing in light air, correct sail trim, steering a compass course, line handling and winch safety, crew overboard recovery, maneuvering in tight spaces under power and much more. All instruction is taken directly from the ASA Cruising Catamaran certification course (ASA 114).
Space is very limited; advance registration is required. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and capable of performing as an active crew member while underway. Registration fee: $125 includes show admission for the day. Registration is limited to 5 persons per boat. For more details and to register CLICK HERE
Comprehensive educational programs for Monohull and Multihull Sailing, Cruising, Bareboat Charter and Advanced Sailing Skills are available through ASA’s network of authorized affiliates, a list of which may be found at www.asa.com .
Join us for free hourly seminars on topics including Anchoring, Chartering, Cruising, Outfitting, Equipment and Weather. Sponsored by Blue Water Sailing magazine.
|1:00 pm||Four Not-to-be-Missed Destinations for West Coasters: Tips on Chartering from the Pacific Northwest to French Polynesia||Zuzana Prochazka||A|
|1:00 pm||Boat Ownership: Facts and Myths||Greg Farah||B|
|2:15 pm||Cruising Southern California, Baja, and the Sea of Cortez||Pat & Carole McIntosh and Phil & Nora McCabe||A|
|2:15 pm||Panel Discussion of Electric Propulsion for Sailboats||Mike Gunning||B|
|3:30 pm||Twenty Classic and Affordable Sailboats for Blue Water Cruising||Zuzana Prochazka||A|
|3:30 pm||High-Tech Ropes — What is New in Fiber and Contruction||Bruce Brown||B|
|4:45 pm||Preparations for Offshore Cruising||Liza Copeland||A|
|4:45 pm||Sailing Made Easy||Brenda Wempner||B|
|6:00 pm||One World, Twice Around||Nancy Erley||A|
|6:00 pm||The Weather Briefing: Self Reliant Weather Interpretation Skills||Lee Chesneau||B|
|1:00 pm||Catamaran Cruising||Gino Morrelli||A|
|1:00 pm||Cruising the Pacific Northwest||Liza Copeland||B|
|2:15 pm||Fifteen Upgrades for Your Boat||George Day||A|
|2:15 pm||Night Navigation||Nancy Erley||B|
|3:30 pm||What's it Really Like Cruising the California and Mexican Coasts?||Pat & Carole McIntosh and Phil & Nora McCabe||A|
|3:30 pm||An Introduction to Sailing with Instruments||Matt Fries||B|
|4:45 pm||Sail Repair While Underway||Bill Herrschaft||A|
|4:45 pm||Marine Plumbing — Modern Solutions to Age-Old Questions||Bruce Brown||B|
|6:00 pm||Women and Cruising||Kathy Parsons & Pam Wall||A|
|6:00 pm||Tales from Beyond the Horizon||Karen Prioleau||B|
|10:30 am||Proper Provisioning||Kathy Parsons||A|
|10:30 am||From Boys 2 Men: A Two-Year Around the World Odyssey||Marshall Lubin||B|
|11:45 am||How to Keep a Starboard Attitude While Cruising||Bob Bitchin||A|
|11:45 am||Cruising for Couples||Liza Copeland||B|
|1:00 pm||Catamaran Cruising||Gino Morrelli|
|1:00 pm||Advanced Anchoring||Nancy Erley||B|
|2:15 pm||The 10 Things They Never Tell You about the Cruising Life||George Day||A|
|2:15 pm||The Weather Briefing: Self Reliant Weather Interpretation Skills||Lee Chesneau||B|
|3:30 pm||Tahiti and the Pacific Puddle Jump||Andy Turpin||A|
|3:30 pm||Downwind Sailing Techniques||Bruce Brown||B|
|4:45 pm||Baja Ha-Ha How-To||Andy Turpin||A|
|4:45 pm||What Works: Tips and Techniques for Long-Distance Cruising||Pam Wall and Kathy Parsons||B|
|10:30 am||Cool Products No One Knows About||Pam Wall||A|
|10:30 am||Voyaging Realities, Arrival Procedures and Travels Tips Ashore||Liza Copeland||B|
|11:45 am||Captaincy for Couples: Becoming a Dynamic Duo||Nancy Erley||A|
|11:45 am||Chartering in Exotic Locations||Brenda Wempner||B|
|1:00 pm||The Countdown to Cruising||George Day||A|
|1:00 pm||Parachute Sea Anchors & Storm Drogues||Zack Smith||B|
|2:15 pm||Outfitting for Bluewater Cruising||Pam Wall||B|
|2:15 pm||Spanish for Cruising Mexico||Kathy Parsons||A|
|3:30 pm||Bahamas to the Caribbean: Successfully sailing south from the US EAST coast||Kathy Parsons||A|
|3:30 pm||Choosing the Right Multihull, Cats and Tri’s||Kurt Jerman|
|4:45 pm||A Family Sails Around the World||Pam Wall||B|
|4:45 pm||Planning your Cruising Sail Inventory||Bill O'Malley||A|