US Coast Guard Auxiliary Courses – Always Ready!

I started taking “Sailing Skills & Seamanship” with the local US Coast Guard Auxiliary at Sierra Point Yacht Club in Brisbane last week. It’s always a good idea to refresh and pick a few things here and there.


Although I had learned to sail in Argentina with Optis, my memories are mostly of being miserable in the winter cold and terrified about of capsizing in the muddy water of Rio de la Plata. I stayed away from the water for a while…

Many years later, I found myself in San Francisco Bay learning to steer with just the sails with J World’s instructor out of Alameda, CA. Josh Butler, from J World,  taught me everything I know about sailing.


But even after three intense and hands-on weekends, I was still in need of many more hours on a boat to feel comfortable and really cement what I had learned. I read everything that I could get my hands about sailing and jumped at every opportunity we had of sailing in the bay. Two years later, now a boat owner, I have absorbed and learned a ton but still don’t know much about handling a boat under power, docking, different rigging systems, etc.

Can you tell apart a sloop, a yawl, a ketch, or a cutter from a schooner? Now I know that the boat below is a…ketch!


And that in the 60’s ferro-cement became a very popular material from which to build sailboats?

Thanks US Coast Guard Auxiliary for making these courses available to us. For $50 a course, including two books, this course is a steal!

Fred’s Shed, a real service to all boat owners. What an awesome initiative! Put on by National Marine Manufacturers Association, Fred’s Shed is pretty much present in every boat show in the U.S.

It reminded us of Tim Allen’s fictitious show “Tool Time” on Home Improvement, remember that one? 

We were able to get a TON of information from Larry at the SF Boat Show. You can too! Go to your next local boat show and chances are that a friendly mechanic and teacher will be there to answer all your questions: engine, fiberglass, and more!