160 Nautical miles
The 160 is a weekend introduction to ocean sailing. It is intended to prepare people both new and experienced to the rigorous but rewarding challenge of offshore sailing. This course introduces the crew to vessel traffic, AIS, day and night piloting, night sailing, cooking in a sea-way, and big boat spinnaker handling. These skills are necessary for building confidence for overnight racing and coastal cruising. Watch keeping throughout the trip gives each student an opportunity and responsibility to participate in every aspect of the sail.
The course leaves from Friday Harbor and heads west to the Pacific Ocean through the Straits of Juan De Fuca. We then round Duntze Rock Light and head back. The round trip is 160 nautical miles.
The cost is $550 per person. The class minimum is four students with a maximum number of 6. The course will be taught by two captains, so all watches will be supervised. Students meet in Friday Harbor at 07:00 am on Saturday.
Accommodation may be available.