I recently attended the 6 day/5 night Offshore Passage Making course offered by Offshore Sailing School out of Fort Myers Beach, Florida. This by far was the best sailing training experience I have ever taken.
The class covers nearly 700 nautical miles of 24 hour sailing with no sight of land, and no connectivity to the outside world. Each day was a new experience with real life onboard lessons on sail trim, navigation, and even learning how to fix mechanical issues with no store nearby.
The two instructors were knowledgeable and great company during this offshore experience. Since we were on the water the entire six days, I was able to spend a lot of time at the helm as “Captain of the day,” and simply being at the helm.
There is probably no better way to gain confidence and skills in sailing, than by having real time experiences like those offered in this course. These “experiences” are what make the Offshore Sailing School Offshore Passage Making Course unique and unquestionably the most enjoyable of any course available in sailing. This is a course I would recommend to anyone who truly wants to learn about sailing on short to long passages.
by Hugh Marlor
Offshore Passage Making Course