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Advanced Coastal Cruising (106) Certification – Pensacola

Experience the excitement and adventure of a night sail in the Gulf of Mexico!  In this class you’ll put your Coastal Navigation skills and bare-boat charter experience to the test.   Leave Pensacola Bay and explore the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  Find one of the Gulf Coast’s picturesque anchorages or friendly marinas.  After sailing an overnight journey, it will be time to focus on problem solving, emergency procedures, and any other challenging situations that may occur.   These waters offer great sailing as well as a variety of locales to learn practical navigation.

Lanier Sailing Academy has been teaching sailing for over 40 years.  That makes us the OLDEST CONTINUALLY OPERATING SCHOOL IN THE SOUTHEAST.    Our instructors are experienced specialists in training and certifying students.  We are consistently rated by students as one of the Top ASA Schools in the country.  We look forward to helping you fulfill your sailing dreams.



Day One  (begins at 1pm CST):

Arrive at Palafox Pier Marina for a stem to stern orientation aboard Splendid Adventure, our Beneteau 393.  We’ll load up gear & provisions, then review navigation, sailing theory, and heavy weather precautions.  Next we’ll rest and have dinner ashore at one of our favorite local restaurants.   Then we’ll prepare to get underway for our night sail.

Day Two

We will start out early and set sail south in Pensacola Bay.  Our evening destination will vary, depending on wind direction & weather.  We’ll go over advanced sail trim, trouble-shooting the engine, heavy weather & cloud interpretation, and discuss some practical problem solving.  After dinner ashore, the crew will have some time to review, relax, and get a good night’s sleep.

Day Three

Today the crew will cover emergency procedures, overboard recovery, and then anchor for lunch.   We’ll review navigation, prep for the night sail, and then rest before dinner aboard.  We’ll take off shortly after sunset and work our way out  to the Gulf of Mexico.  The crew will need to be on their toes in case the Captain sends a few “emergencies” their way!  We’ll sail back to Pensacola Pass and then dock back at home port for some much needed rest.

Day Four

Safe and sound back at Palafox Pier, the crew will have a chance to review over breakfast, then take the written exam. Finally, we will pump out and re-fuel, then head home with the knowledge to handle a variety of experiences aboard.


2020 Schedule

Thursday, July 30th (1pm) – Sunday, August 2nd , 2020 (end approx.. 1pm)

COST:    $1,395 per person

PRE-REQUISITES:  Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Charter, Coastal Navigation, plus practical experience aboard boats from 30-50 feet, in coastal and inland waters.

  • Price includes all breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 1 dinner aboard. Students are responsible for other dinners ashore.
  • Student will need to provide own safety harness & tether.

CALL (850) 432-3199 for more information or to make a reservation

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