Pre-requisites – ASA 101 through 105 and the ability to demonstrate boat skills and knowledge of those certifications. (You should have experience Captaining larger vessels, in the 30-50 ft. range in coastal or inland waters)

Experience the excitement and adventure of a night sail in the Gulf of Mexico! In this class you’ll put your Coastal Navigation skills and bare-boat charter experience to the test.  Leave Pensacola Bay and explore the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Find one of the Gulf Coast’s picturesque anchorages or friendly marinas. After sailing an overnight journey, it will be time to focus on problem solving, emergency procedures, and any other challenging situations that may occur.  These waters offer great sailing as well as a variety of locales to learn practical navigation.  

2024 Class Dates:

Thursday, Aug. 1st (1pm) – Sunday, Aug. 4th (end approx. 1pm)


$1525 per person

Price includes all breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 1-2 dinners aboard. Students are responsible for other dinners ashore.Student will need to provide own safety harness & tether.

A Sample Itinerary

Day One (begins at 1pm CST):

Arrive at Seville Harbor Marina for a stem to stern orientation aboard Splendid Adventure, our Beneteau 393. We’ll load up gear & provisions, then review navigation, sailing theory, and heavy weather precautions. Next we’ll rest and have dinner ashore at one of our favorite local restaurants.    

Day Two

We will start out early and set sail south in Pensacola Bay. Our evening destination will vary, depending on wind direction & weather. We’ll go over advanced sail trim, trouble-shooting the engine, heavy weather & cloud interpretation, and discuss some practical problem solving. After dinner aboard, the crew will have some time to review, relax, and get a good night’s sleep.

Day Three

Today the crew will cover emergency procedures, overboard recovery, & then anchor for lunch.  We’ll review navigation, prep for the night sail, and then rest before dinner. We’ll take off shortly after sunset and work our way out to the Gulf of Mexico. The crew will need to be on their toes in case the Captain sends a few “emergencies” their way! We’ll practice night navigation as we sail back to Pensacola Pass and dock at home port for some much needed rest.

Day Four

Safe and sound back at Seville Harbor Marina, the crew will have a chance to review over breakfast, then take the written exam. Finally, we will pump out and re-fuel, then head home with the knowledge to handle a variety of experiences aboard. 

NOTE: as prudent sailors, weather will determine our final plans