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07-04-2012 10:58 AM
Re: On Line Sailing School

I've done a few of the Nautic Ed courses on line, reached "Qualified Crewman" and working on "Skipper" status...

What's nice is even after you read the material and take the test, you are allowed to go back and review the material and take the test again if you want as many times as you like...
07-03-2012 09:33 PM
Re: On Line Sailing School

Hi people above were asking about NauticEd online classes and if they were recognized. Virtually all yacht charter companies globally recognize NauticEd classes and we work with many sailing schools as well.
10-05-2011 01:07 PM
Originally Posted by Squidd View Post
Sorry... Dan is it..?

That's what I was looking for ...I had seen the Apostle Isle discount for students, I just had'nt checked out the "club privilege" on Lake Minnitonka...

Is that a good size lake for sailing on...?

Looking at the map, I'm much closer to Bayfield...
Its all good Squidd. Minnetonka is OK, the north side of the lake is pretty good size, there can be lots of boats on it during the weekends. You do have to dodge other boats some times. Stay off the lake 4th of July weekend as it is just insane out there. You can sail around Big Island, gets a little narrow in spots. There are a few racing clubs on there too. Ones I know that are well organized come out of Wayzata Yacht Club and Minnetonka Yacht Club.

Its nice to to get out during the week if you can. Start at 4 and most folks are still at or on their way home from work, have the lake pretty much to yourself. Another nice thing about being in the boat club is you get 20% off charters in Bayfield, 10% if you have been a student of NBSS. Of course it is probably a bit of a drive for you to sail on Minnetonka coming from Wisconsin. Feel free to PM me any other questions or anything.
10-05-2011 09:16 AM
Squidd Sorry... Dan is it..?

That's what I was looking for ...I had seen the Apostle Isle discount for students, I just had'nt checked out the "club privilege" on Lake Minnitonka...

Is that a good size lake for sailing on...?

Looking at the map, I'm much closer to Bayfield...
10-05-2011 08:05 AM
Originally Posted by Squidd View Post
Dave... what do you mean by "boat club" ...? kind of an open access charter for the season..?
Name's not Dave but I think you were asking me this...

I pay an annual flat fee and they have an online registration system for the 5 boats they have on Lake Minnetonka. 4-hours of use per reservation. 2 Ensign 23's, a Pearson 26, a Pearson 27 with inboard diesel and wheel steering, and an O'Day 28 with inboard diesel and wheel. You have to have 103 at least and a check ride to reserve the 27 & 28. It has been nice as you get to sail different boats. Check out the link on the NBSS website for the boat club.

Hope this is what you were asking.

10-04-2011 04:24 PM
hellosailor Squidd, if you want to assemble some classic books on boating, there are ones like Chapman's that can be bought cheap one edition back, no big difference usually, from the online booksellers. And books on classic mistakes like "Fastnet Force 10", good winter reading even if it isn't telling you which lines to pull. USSA and others have some fine selections in books on racing strategy and tactics, and I think it is SAIL Magazine that published "The best of SAIL..." a nice paperback full of articles on sail trim.
Again all available new or used--and your local library may be able to pull the in for free from an interlibrary loan service, ask at the reference desk.
10-04-2011 03:34 PM
Squidd Thanks guys that's the kind of responce I was hoping for..

Looking to do the 101 keelboat on the St Croix, Hudson or Afton, asap in the spring and then sign up for the BB charter course in the Apostles later next summer.. maybe we split a boat.. ??

Dave... what do you mean by "boat club" ...? kind of an open access charter for the season..?
10-04-2011 12:43 PM
cb32863 Cirdan - You will really enjoy your time up in the Apostles for 103-104. The boat club is on Minnetonka at Shorewood where you took your 101 class. I am in the process of finding a boat myself and will probably keep it in Excelsior bay on a mooring buoy. I am looking at a 22-25 that is trailerable, done lots of research on that, as I would like to sail Mille Lacs, Leach, and do my own tour probably up on Superior. Cornicopia would be a nice place to keep a boat, have been there before. Off the path of the Apostles but you still are only a day sail away.

Drop me a PM and maybe we can get out sometime, though the season will be over in a about a week for the boat club...... There is always next year.

Edit: Not to rub it in but leaving work at 2 to go sailing...
10-04-2011 12:13 PM
Originally Posted by cb32863 View Post
Cirdan - Where do you sail in MN?
Great question. Currently a bit landlocked and I'm looking at my options for next summer. I have access to a cabin in Cornucopia, WI, west of Bayfield, as well as one on Lake Vermillion in northern MN. So, I'm hoping to make one of those my base of operations. But I need to weigh costs, feasibility of getting up there enough times in a summer to make it worthwhile, etc.

It's either that, or do some trailer sailing around the Cities, but I'm lukewarm on that idea. Means a smaller boat, hassles of trailering, crowded lakes. Luckily I have 6 months of winter to figure it out!

How about you?
10-04-2011 11:48 AM
Cirdan Squidd, yes I went through Northern Breezes. I think they have courses on the St. Croix, but I took mine on Lake Minnetonka west of the Twin Cities.

The ASA 101 course was pretty easy. My only experience prior to 101 was a six hour private lesson on a dinghy. So it wasn't extremely challenging, but I'm glad I took it. It gave me 12 hours on the water, taught me about buoy markings, lights, etc. and just overall increased my comfort.

I'm hoping to do Northern Breezes vacation package in the Apostle Islands next summer. A four day combination of 103 & 104 to get me comfortable cruising. Then maybe I can convince wifey to buy a boat
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