• Sailing Fundamentals

    Our beginner level courses are designed to insure you get off to a smooth start. First, you will be placed aboard with other students of similar skill and experience levels. Learn more

  • US Sailing Certification System

    Learning to sail is part dream, part great instruction, and part hands-on experience.

    All of these come together in the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification System. This Learn to Sail program guides you through seven levels of courses where you will accumulate skills and experience with each certification. Check them out here! Learn more

  • Performance Sailing

    Our intermediate level courses are designed for sailors familiar with the basics who are looking to expand their skills and confidence and move into either cruising or racing. Check out our offerings here! Learn more

Additional Date for CoNav Seminar Added


Mark your calendars and register now! We’ve added additional course dates for our renowned online comprehensive course on coastal navigation and piloting.  Our curriculum will cover charts and features, compass errors, plotting, triangulation, dead reckoning, route planning, tides, current vectors, aids to navigation and an introduction to electronic navigation.  The course text will be US Sailing’s Coastal Navigation book.  This is an ideal course for anyone who wants to develop a solid foundation in navigation principles.  This course includes US Sailing certification upon completion of the Coastal Navigation written exam which is taken individually at your home sometime after you have completed the course. Course dates in 2023 are as follows:

November 4-5 (Sat,Sun,9am-4pm)                          CoNav IN PERSON (in the J World classroom)

November 17-19 (Fri.7-9pm; Sat-Sun 9-4)              CoNav ONLINE

A Jenga Battle for the Ages

J World Coaches in an epic Jenga battle on the beach in Anguilla during this year’s Alumni Cruise to the Leeward Islands.

This year’s Flotilla is now a memory, but be sure to stay tuned as plans are already underway for the 2020 Caribbean Flotilla.


The summer solstice is upon us: 7 things to know about the longest day of the year

This article first appeared on Vox.com

Why do we have a summer solstice, anyway?

The summer solstice is upon us: June 20th and the 21st will be the longest days of 2017 for anyone living north of the equator. If pagan rituals are your thing, this is probably a big moment for you. If not, the solstice is still pretty neat.

Technically speaking, the summer solstice occurs when the sun is directly overhead the Tropic of Cancer, or 23.5° north latitude. In 2017, this will occur at exactly 12:24 am (Eastern) on the 21st. (But we can celebrate on either day.)

Below is a short scientific guide to the longest day of the year (though not, as we’ll see, the longest day in Earth’s history — that happened back in 1912).

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Preparing for Success

This article first appeared on SailingScuttlebutt.com 

Joel Ronning’s Catapult (USA) took top honors at the 2016 Alcatel J/70 World Championship, beating a field of 68 boats on San Francisco Bay. Preparation was key to their success, as the investment in crew (John Kostecki, Chris Stocke and Patrick Wilson), training, and coach support (Grant “Fuzz” Spanhake) was at a level few teams could match.

In a report by Wilson for the J/70 class, we provide some of the team’s winning tips that are relevant for most boat types.

I am going to discuss a few important topics on boat preparation, as well as the process my team and I go through on our boat Catapult prior to the first race of each day. As with many things in sailing, there is no absolute right or wrong way to prepare for a regatta. The key is finding a routine that works best for you and your team.

Sailing is a complex and complicated sport that involves countless variables both in and out of your control. Whether you are competing in your local weekend event or a major international regatta, planning and preparation can be used to give yourselves the best opportunity for success.

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