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Jan 11-20, 2019
Sailing Off Shore training ASA passage making January 11-20, 2019
Offshore training Charleston SC to Fort Myers FL TWO (2) ASA Certified instructors, USCG Master Captains aboard Crown Royal a Beneteau 510 Next class: JANUARY 11-20 2019 focusing on safety and skills with actual life experiences.
Your Price: Basic Voyage Cost $2499

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JANUARY 11-20 2019
SAILING Offshore training Class
ASA certification available  

Offshore Passage making Advanced Costal training

Charleston, SC to Fort Myers. FL
onboard "Crown Royal" a Beneteau Oceais 510

With (2) ASA Certified Instructors, USCG Master Captains

Room for (6) Students

Plan is to have (2) students and (1) instructor on watch at all times
Students will be have (2) 4 hrs watches and (2) 8 hrs off periods per each 24 hour day  

Voyage should take 4-6 Days weather permitting


January 11, 2019 Friday: arrive in Charleston South Carolina 
January 12, 2019 Saturday: Shore training
January 13, 2019 Sunday: Depart Charleston mid day to begin sailing (weather permiting) 
January 14-19, 2019 : Training (ETA to Fort Myers Saturday January 19, 2019)
January 20, 2019 Sunday: Leave Fort Myers for home


The cost of this Basic Voyage is $2499 per person for the knowledge and experience of an offshore sailing trip (prerequisite ASA 104 or above or equivalent knowledge and experience). 

If you have ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE EMAIL US AT SONSET@CENTURYTEL.NET

This will be a SAILING exercise onboard "Crown Royal" with actual life experiences focusing on safety in all conditions.  We will be teaching a list of many valuable Skills and techniques as outlined in the ASA Certification program.



You also have the option to be ASA certified for any or all of the below listed classes, they are listed below with costs & prerequisite.


  • ASA annual Membership: $39
  • ASA log Book: $14
  • ASA 101: May be challenged if you do not have it prior to this class at $400/class + books
  • ASA 103: May be challenged if you do not have it prior to this class at $400/class + books
  • ASA 104: May be challenged if you do not have them prior to this class (additional time may be required) $900 + Book
  • ASA 105: Advance Navigation $299 + dvd and book
  • ASA 106: Advanced coastal cruising $499 + Books
  • ASA 117: Basic Celestial Navigation $199 + book
  • ASA 107: Advanced Celestial Navigation $499 includes (117) + book
  • ASA 108: Offshore Passage making (prerequisite is ASA 101, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107 or equivalent knowledge and experience)  + additional $1499.




ASA Certification will be available with written testing and skill testing with above additional Fees. Books should be purchased and studied in advanced of the  trip. Advance purchase of an ASA book without the voyage fee does NOT reserve a spot on this trip. Purchase of Voyage ONLY does reserve your spot.   

Here are a few of the amenities you may find aboard "Crown Royal". There are many high tech systems aboard, AIS, SSB single side band Ham radio,    satellite phone, Spot "X", Epirb, and our position posted on Ship track.  Chart plotter with many navigation, routing, charting and predict wind programs. We will also have meterologist Chis Parker for weather advising along our route.

All food aboard will be included (please make note of any special diet requirements).
We will be posting to our Blog and FaceBook pages. 

Disclosure of all medical conditions and a signed liability release
If this site charges more (handling or shipping) don't worry it will be adjusted. 



Sonset Sailing School
Port Sanilac, Michigan
sonsetmarine.com (989) 635-2696

Sonset Sailing School, preparing you for your dreams and adventures! Located in the summer vacation resort village of Port Sanilac, we can certify you and prepare you for your next sailing adventure. Capt’n John Diel has over 40 years of sailing experience and almost 100,000 miles of sailing logged. He has sailed and trained many for family adventures and for long distance blue water passage making. He is a “Salty Dog,” a title given by ARC to those who have sailed many miles and ocean passages. He has sailed over 35,000 miles of Atlantic offshore passages mainly as Captain and Instructor.

We teach basic sailing classes in Port Sanilac and advanced preparation for cruising during summer months than advanced coastal cruising, and offshore passages making around the world. We have a Beneteau Oceanis 510 that will be moving around the Atlantic and will have many opportunities to sail with Capt’n John Diel as he moves many other yachts around the world. Get your name on the call list when offshore or advanced coastal opportunities are available.





SOME OF CAPTAIN JOHN'S PREVIOUS TRIPS 























ASA Sailing Certification Courses Offered

ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing
ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing
Learn to skipper a 20' - 27' sloop-rigged keelboat by day, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards.
ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising
ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising
Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered 25'-35' keelboat by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship.
ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
Learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30'-45' sailboat during a multi-day cruise upon inland/coastal waters in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more.
ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising
ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising
Learn to safely act as skipper and crew of a sailing vessel about 30 to 50 feet in length in coastal and inland waters, in any conditions.
ASA 108, Offshore Passagemaking
ASA 108, Offshore Passagemaking
Learn to skipper a sailing vessel on extended offshore passages requiring celestial navigation. Knowledge of long-term passage planning, offshore vessel selection, sail repair, offshore first aid, watch-keeping, emergency procedures, abandon ship protocols, safety and seamanship.
ASA 117, Basic Celestial Endorsement
ASA 117, Basic Celestial Endorsement
Learn to apply basic celestial navigation theory and practice to determine latitude and longitude at sea using a sextant and Nautical Almanac.

ASA Veterans Sailing Education Program

At ASA we recognize the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who have served or are serving in our country's armed forces. As a token of our appreciation, and our way of saying thank you, we are inviting veterans and active military personnel to share our passion for sailing by offering a discount on our ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course.
Sonset Sailing School is offering a minimum of $50.00 or 10% off their ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course.

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