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From Sailing Basics To World Cruising

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Mailing Address:

Sonset Sailing School
7365 Cedar Street
Port Sanilac, MI 48469

Meet Captain John Diel

  • USCG Licensed Captain with Over 40 Years’ experience
  • ASA Certified Sailing Instructor
  • 100,000 nautical miles of both Great Lakes & Ocean sailing
  • He has sailed over 35,000 miles of Atlantic offshore passages mainly as a Captain and Instructor
  • has extensive knowledge of how to troubleshoot events that may occur while underway
  • 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

Classes Provided Year Round

  • Many Year Round class options
  • Private or group Lessons on board your boat or ours
  • Advanced open water courses on the Atlantic ocean aboard our Beneteau Oceanis 510
  • Captain John can also come to your club and teach group classes
  • Locations in:
    • Great Lakes: Port Sanilac, Michigan and South Eastern
    • States: NC, SC, GA, FL

Captain John teaches the ASA required material AND also the skills that he has gained from many personal experiences.

Safety is a big part of the instructions you will receive.

The reason for learning to sail is to have FUN and enjoy the beautiful water ways of the world that God has given us.

Thank you for allowing us to share our knowledge with you.

SonSet is keeping our course SET on Jesus, the SON of God.

ASA Sailing Certification Courses Offered

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.”

103 Basic Coastal Sailing

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.

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.

105 Coastal Navigation

Learn the navigational theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in coastal and inland waters. On-water coastal navigation skills elements are contained in the ASA103, Basic Coastal CruisingASA 104, Bareboat Cruising, and ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising, in progressively increasing levels of detail.

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.

107 Celestial Navigation

Learn the celestial navigation theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in offshore waters. On-water celestial navigation skills elements are demonstrated in ASA 108, Offshore Passagemaking.

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.

11o Basic Small Boat Sailing

Learn to sail a centerboard or multihull sailboat in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic sailing terminology, sail trim, points of sail, crew responsibilities, seamanship and safety including capsizing avoidance/recovery and navigation rules to avoid collisions.

111 Sailing Review Clinic

Desire to improve or re-familiarize sailing knowledge and skills imparted during previous ASA keelboat certification series course(s). Student and Instructor jointly decide on goals prior to the start of the clinic.

114 Cruising Catamaran

Learn to skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran of approximately 30-45′ feet in length during a multi-day liveaboard cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions.

117 Basic Celestial Endorsement

earn to apply basic celestial navigation theory and practice to determine latitude and longitude at sea using a sextant and Nautical Almanac.

Rental Boats

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