Isle of Mull, Scotland Highlands - There are a lot of ways to sail, we focus on passage making. Passage making is more than just sailing the boat; on passage, a sailor knows what is around them and how to navigate safely through it. Wind and weather, tide and shoals, boat systems, and nuanced things like crew dynamics and decision-making tactics are all in the curriculum.
By studying passage making underway, we combine theory and practical learning to give you a jump start on the lifelong quest of good seamanship. Every hour logged at sea and every conversation with a fellow sailor builds seamanship, it is a thing you never stop learning, but you don’t have to stumble through the crucial first steps! Gain real-world knowledge by getting underway with world-class instructors who will guide you on your Passage Offshore.
Shared Double-Occupancy Cabin: Full Price $4,390* per student- One Available [shared cabin or twin bunk cabin]
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Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103)
Bareboat Cruising (ASA 104
Heading up The Sound of Mull, at the northern end, lies Tobermory some 27 miles from Dunstaffnage Marina. The town is usually a hive of activity and is famous for its colourful frontage and stories of Spanish Galleons that sank in the bay in 1588. On into Loch Sunart you will see palm trees and in season, rhododendrons blooming right down to the water’s edge. Loch Sunart is surrounded by mountains and looking east you may even be able to see Ben Nevis – Scotland’s highest mountain. Next day you could sail to the Isle of Coll and be enchanted by the wildlife, the lonely isolation and pace of life. Coll has a pretty setting, has many hours of sunshine and low rainfall.
South via the volcanic Treshnish Islands which are home to many thousands of puffins you could sail past the island of Staffa and Fingal’s Cave to perhaps visit Iona and its Abbey which was the last resting place for generations of Scottish monarchs. After anchoring in the picturesque Bull Hole or Tinker’s Hole for the night, you could go south via Colonsay to Islay, home of another “classic malt” distillery. Still further south you could pick up a mooring off the beautiful Isle of Gigha and walk round the lovely sub-tropical gardens followed by a visit to the Gigha Hotel which offers a special welcome to yachtsmen.
The more adventurous could enjoy a passage to the Outer Isles and visit Eriskay – where Bonnie Prince Charlie first set foot on Scottish soil – or visit Castlebay on the Isle of Barra, see the castle in the middle of the bay, and be amazed at the scheduled flights landing on the beach at the north end of the island when the tide is out. Moving north, the Outer Hebrides stretch for some 130 miles comprising 200 or so islands, only 13 of which are inhabited.
You could choose to circumnavigate Skye going via Rhum (population about 30) and visit historic Kinloch Castle or via Canna (population about 20) which has only just been connected to mains electricity. Here you could walk up Compass Hill to see if you can work out why it causes havoc with ships compasses. The island of Eigg, which was recently purchased by a crofters’ co-operative, is another possible stopping off place en route to Skye.
At Loch Harport you might visit the Talisker Distillery (a third “classic malt”), or sail north to Loch Dunvegan or round the north of Skye, then south via the remote islands of Rona and Raasay to Portree or Plockton where palm trees grow by the water’s edge, then south via the Kyle of Lochalsh and under the Skye Bridge to Arisaig, Tobermory and back to base.
No matter which route you choose to sail, the most breathtaking seascapes will surround you. The hills, mountains, islands, lochs and inlets take on a magical appearance when viewed from the sea. The myriad of legends and mystique surrounding these parts, the relaxed informal way of life of the locals, the bustling pubs with the occasional impromptu ceilidh, the remote isolated communities, the spectacular wildlife including dolphins, porpoises, seals, whales, rare species of birds or the ancient archaeological remains all add to the attraction.
The Western Islands have their own history, the people their own language and a culture far removed from the pace of life in mainland Britain. Those visiting for the first time are usually so spellbound by Scotland’s beauty and seclusion that they are drawn back again and again to revisit old haunts and explore new lochs and islands.
Dwyer grew up in the mountains of New Hampshire and spent a good portion of his childhood in the backcountry. After a stint building a ski factory in Asia, Dwyer quit his job, bought a sailboat, learned to sail over the course of a couple months, and sailed single-handed 12,000 nm down the west coast of the Americas to Chilean Patagonia. Dwyer draws his culinary inspirations from his travels and his time around the campfire. He has a soft spot in his heart for dumplings (of all shapes and sizes) and he once cooked a three course meal over a volcanic vent during a ski tour high in the Andes. He's committed to lowering his environmental footprint and focuses on adapting his cooking to whatever ingredients are local and seasonal.
Jamie grew up just outside landlocked London although this didn't stop him from finding his way to the water. He started racing dinghies at eight years old and turned his hobby into a job at thirteen as a sailing instructor throughout his youth. whilst at university studying mechanical engineering he progressed to a Commercially endorsed Yachtmaster and spent the summers skippering throughout the Mediterranean. After a year of office life working in the tech sector Jamie chose to swap the desk for the waves and became full time yacht crew. Captaining SY Solitaire a 75ft sloop on charter for season, multiple stints on superyachts and ocean crossings. He has amassed in excess of 15000 miles at sea. He is a keen skier and enjoys anything out on the water or outside.
Janet grew up in Maryland and in the Adirondacks of NY where she developed her love to sail. In college, she was named All-American in lacrosse and also played soccer while earning her Psychology degree. Post graduation she moved to Key West, Fl where she began her career working as a sailor. She enjoys spending time with her black lab mix “Brewer”, performing comedy at the local comedy club, and traveling. She has recently acquired her EMT certification nationally and in the state of NY where she hopes to work as an EMT/firefighter in the future.
Sailing Collective's Passage Offshore program is proud to be working with American Sailing Association to offer ASA 103 and 104 certifications. This means that your experience gained has international recognition, and you are eligible for an IPC (international proficiency certificate), which is commonly accepted by charter companies as a qualification to captain your own cruising boat. Your next vacation could be with you at the helm!
Why learn the Sailing Collective way? We practice a style of sailing that has been honed over thousands of days at sea, an elixir of fun and adventure balanced by safe seamanship and relaxation. We teach the ways of passagemaking without losing sight of all of the wonderful reasons why we want to be out here in the first place.
The American Sailing Association (APA) curriculum has structured levels of sailing pedigrees that are examined through progressive certification courses. Students who learn to sail through the PASSAGE OFFSHORE program receive an ASA Logbook that lists the certification qualifications and records sailing experience. When your certification is successfully completed, your ASA Logbook is notarized by your ASA instructor any charter or vessel rental operator can view your credentials and level of competency.
The PASSAGE OFFSHORE program is geared toward students who have either completed the Basic Keelboat Sailing Standard (101, either through ASA, USSailing, or another comparable institution) or can test out of Basic Keelboat. Cruising experience and basic seamanship is essential in being able to complete the Basic Coastal Cruising & Bareboat Chartering Standards (103, 104).
Able to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered (inboard or outboard engine) keelboat of approximately 25 to 35 feet in length by day in moderate winds (up to 20 knots) and sea conditions. Knowledge of cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather interpretation, safety and seamanship.
Able to skipper a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered keelboat of approximately 30 to 45 feet in length during a multi-day cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions. Knowledge of provisioning, galley operations, boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, routine maintenance procedures, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation including basic chart plotting and GPS operation, multiple-anchor mooring, docking, health & safety, emergency operations, weather interpretation, and dinghy/tender operation.
The American Sailing Association is a coalition of sailors, professional sailing instructors, sailing schools and charter companies promoting safe recreation in the United States with an internationally recognized certification education system.
Internationally recognized credentials, quality educational materials, professional instructors, and targeted goals for each level of the program.
Basic Coastal Cruising , Bareboat Charter Certification 
Basic Keelboat  is required. If you have a sailing background but do not have your Basic Keelboat certification, please contact us to discuss qualifying exams.
A 25% deposit is required. You can place your deposit by clicking on the BOOK NOW button at the top of the page.
Depending on the coursework, there will be 5 to 8 hours of sailing each day. Certain days will cover less water to practice maneuvering and other activities such as anchoring, chart plotting, safety, and docking.
Yes, you bet! PASSAGE OFFSHORE is a course designed to explore the joys of sailing and a big part of that is rewarding yourself with the fruits of your labor. Whether it is a splendid beachside restaurant or rum shack, snorkeling, hiking, exploring a magnificent seaside village, or relaxing with a book aboard, there will be plenty of downtime from the educational curriculum.
We do! Unlike other Sailing Collective adventures, PASSAGE OFFSHORE teaches you how to provision and cook for a voyage. Together, we will go to the local markets and seek out quality ingredients to be prepared aboard. Recipes will be based on the guidebook provided by the Sailing Collective culinary director.
There will be 4 to 5 students per session with 1 instructor. We keep the student count to a minimum to maximize your time learning and hands-on experience.
Oceanis 46 Monohull
The Oceanis 46.1 offers a true balance between elegance, performance, and comfort. Her stepped hull adds massive amounts of volume below with no compromise to seakeeping abilities. Her deck and cockpit layout make her an easy boat to sail doublehanded, and a large number of custom options and trims ensure she will be tailored to each sailor’s expectations and requirements.
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