What is Cruising?
Once you have learned how to sail, a possible next logical step is to want to sail in various & interesting locations. For that, cruising is where it's at!! Cruising sailboats are generally larger (35ft or more) and designed for longer trip comfort in blue water, with amenities like staterooms, a galley, showers, toilets, etc. It you want to get out and really adventure, one of the best ways to do it is to "bareboat charter" a cruising sailboat. You travel to the location of choice, like the British Virgin Islands(BVI) or the Adriatic Sea and board a comfortable boat, well equipped for the trip and best yet -- you are the skipper.
Read about a recent cruising experience by OWSA members.
How can I go Cruising?
Before going out on such a big, complicated and expensive boat, you will want to learn all about them and build your confidence. What's more, to be able to charter such a boat, you need a bareboat charter certification. That will show that you have know how to provision correctly, manage the systems and handle navigation of such a vessel. This is where OWSA's new Cruising Program can help; read more about it here or download the attachment at the bottom of the page.
Oregon Womens Sailing Association
Purpose: To enhance and extend the sailing opportunities for OWSA sailors.
Objective (Goal): To provide a path to bareboat chartering for intermediate/advanced OWSA
Project Specification: OWSA will provide a path for members to study together in groups to
work toward their Bareboat Charter certification.
The Cruising Program chair will provide those interested in joining a study group a list of
recommended books to study, and will help facilitate the formation of groups based on a variety
of preferences (meeting time, weekday vs. weekend meeting, when the bareboat charter would
Classes may be arranged for those interested in cruising regardless of whether or not they are
participating in a study group.