Welcome to the SC / ASA Advanced Afloat Course
This page provides access to infomation relating to the Advanced Afloat course scheduled for February 10-16 at BOSS in SVG.
- Online Screencasts
- Itinerary and Routing
- Draft Curriculum Plan
- Passage Planning assignment
- Writing the Ashore Knowledge exam
- The boat
- Where and when to meet
The following are online resources that will help you prepare for the course.
- Sail Canada Advanced Cruising Standard
- ASA 106 Advanced Cruising Standard
- Advanced Cruising Reading List
- Online charts (note that paper charts will be available on the boat)
- Free online cruising guide to the Windward Islands (a paper guide will be available on the boat)
- Tide charts for SVG
You should acquire and be familiar with one of three texts.
Annapolis Book of Sailing: on the ASA 106 recommended list, available in paper and ebook formats. This appears to be the most comprehensive guide
International Marine Book of Sailing: on the ASA 106 recommended list, available in paper and ebook formats
Passage Making published by US Sailing: on the Sail Canada recommended list, available in paper format
3. Online Screencasts
We are making available a complete set of online screencasts. These are 90% complete, in the process of being recorded and uploaded. Follow the registration instructions from the URL below, let us know you have done so, and we will activate your subscription:
4. Itinerary and Routing
This routing is designed to support at 48 hour continuous cruise beginning noon Tuesday and finishing noon on Thursday, doing a counterclockwise course leading from windward of Tobago Cays, around the northern tip of St.Vincent, then around Carriacou and Ronde Island return north to Canouan. Depending on wind and weather conditions, length of cruise can be adjusted by distance south before turning back north. Timing is intended to enable night evolutions to be performed in the lee of St.Vincent and/or Carriacou. This itinerary does not require clearing out of or into St.Vincent.
- Day 1 (Sunday): Blue Lagoon to Bequai
- Day 2 (Monday): Bequai to Tobago Cays
- Day 3 (Tuesday): Begin 48 hour cruise at noon. Proceed up windward side of Tobago Cays, round top of St.Vincent east to west ( approx 60 NM @ 4 knots VMG = 15 hours)
- Day 4 (Wednesday): Night evolutions on lee side of St.Vincent. Proceed down lee side of Grenadines and Carriacou ( approx 100 NM @ 4 knots VMG = 25 hours)
- Day 5 (Thursday): Round bottom of Ronde Island (between Grenada and Carriacou) west to east, avoiding the KickEmJenny exclusion zone. Proceed up between Carriacou and PM/PSV, take lee side of Union / Mayreau, arrive Canouan noon. ( approx 40 NM @ 4 knots VMG = 10 hours)
- Day 6 (Friday): Final manoeuvres in Canouan, return to Bequai, write exam
- Day 7 (Saturday): Return to Blue Lagoon
5. Draft Curriculum Plan
The following is a link to a detailed draft Curriculum plan indicated where during the week we plan to cover off various requirements of the Advanced standard(s). This will be modified as we create more detailed lesson plans.
6. Passage Planning Assignment
Will be uploaded shortly
7. Writing the Ashore Knowledge exam
The Ashore Knowledge exam may be written before, during, or after the course. (Steve has already completed the exam)
8. The boat
We will be on Mango II, a 43 ft Beneteau with 4 staterooms. Further details are available at the following URL: https://barefootyachts.com/booking/?url=%2Fbookings.php%3Fcontroller%3DpjListings%26action%3DpjActionView%26id%3D4
9. Where and when to meet
We will meet at 10 AM Sunday Feb 10 in Driftwood at the BYC / BOSS base for initial orientation. Many of us will be on the base the night before, so if you are expecting to be there let us know and we could get together for a drink or dinner the night before.