Located on San Juan Island in one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the United States, Griffin Bay Adventures is perfectly situated to offer sail and power training against a backdrop of stunning northwest beauty. Our classes are crafted to our students needs and interests. If you’re looking to charter or you are ready to sail off into the sunset GBA can get you there. We offer everything from bareboat cruising certification on liveaboard courses to advanced coastal sail training and even ocean passage-making opportunities. Our instructors are full time mariners. They are professional racers, delivery captains, rescue boat captains, tug boat skippers and experienced world cruisers.
Our primary inshore sail training vessel is a 2012 Jeanneau 409 Sun Odyssey and our offshore sail training vessel is a fully equipped blue water Cal 40. We also offer blue water crossing and offshore passage-making adventures aboard a Santa Cruz 50.
Every year we deliver yachts all over the world and if we are not offering a course on one of these deliveries we are making crew positions available for GBA alumni to build their miles. These apprenticeships are available to sailors with the appropriate ASA training. Apply to join us on these hands on sail training adventures.
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.
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.
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.
Learn the 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 Cruising, ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising, and ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising, in progressively increasing levels of detail.
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.
Desire to improve or re-familiarize sailing knowledge and skills imparted during previous ASA keelboat certification course(s). Student and Instructor jointly decide on goals prior to the start of the review. Student receives a written, personalized Recommended Plan suggesting steps for continued improvement in knowledge and skills proficiencies after the review is completed. This review may be taken multiple times.
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.
Learn basic docking skills for boats with single inboard or outboard engines. Discover the basic theory and hands-on techniques needed to dock and undock boats in an efficient manner and without damage or injury.
Other Services Offered
- Women Only Courses
- Couples Courses
- Private Courses
- Weekday Courses
- Weekend Courses
- Corporate Team Building Courses
- ASA 'Challenges'
- Summer Camps for Kids
- Day Sail Charters (public)
- Day Sail Charters (member-only)
- Vacation Charters
- Sunset Cruises
- Sailboat Cruises
- Racing Courses
- Sail Trim Courses
- Spinnaker Courses
Griffin Bay Adventures
|Address||4 Front Street Suite CFriday HarborWA98250United States|