TRIP COSTS
COST PER PERSON – $3,175 (MONOHULL) & $4375 (CATAMARAN)

This all inclusive price covers the cost of a private cabin onboard the sailboat, and 3 meals per day (apart from two evening meals ashore in La Paz). Also covered in the cost are all textbooks, international logbook, formal ASA certification, and a year’s ASA membership. Airfare is not included. A discount of $500 is offered to couples that book the owner’s cabin. A $1500 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking. Remaining payment is due 60 days prior to the trip.

special OFFERS ON Sea of Cortez, Mexico

$500

Couples Discount

Couples booking together receive $500 off their total fees!

$100

2019 DISCOUNT!

Take $100 off any 2019 trip if booked before 10/1...

AVAILABILITY
2018
SUMMER

In the summer time, from June through September we do not sail in the Sea of Cortez as daily temps are over 100 degrees, there is little wind, and it is hurricane season. We do offer summer courses though in the Grenadines (Caribbean) and Mallorca (Spain)!

FALL
  • October 6th-13th (FULL)
  • October 13th-20th (FULL)
  • October 20th-27th, course on a catamaran, (FULL)
  • October 20th-27th (2 spots left! Email us for a SCREAMING deal!)
  • October 27th-November 3rd (3 spots left!-Email us for a SCREAMING deal!)
  • November 3rd-10th, course on a catamaran, (2 spots left!)
  • November 3rd-10th (1 spot left!)
  • November 10th-17th, course on a catamaran, (2 spots left!)
  • November 10th-17th (2 spots left!)
  • November 24th-December 1st (1 spot left!)
  • December 1st-8th, course on a catamaran, (FULL)
  • December 1st-8th (FULL)
  • December 8th-15th (2 spots left!)
  • December 8th-15th, course on a catamaran, (AVAILABLE)
2019
  • January 5th-12th, (AVAILABLE)
  • January 12th-19th, (AVAILABLE)
  • January 12th-19th, course on a catamaran, (AVAILABLE)
  • January 19th-26th, (AVAILABLE)
  • January 26th-February 2nd, (AVAILABLE)
  • January 26th-February 2nd, course on a catamaran, (AVAILABLE)
  • February 2nd-9th, (AVAILABLE)
  • February 9th-16th, course on a catamaran, (AVAILABLE)
  • February 16th-23rd, (3 spots left!)
  • February 23rd-March 2nd, (AVAILABLE)
  • February 23rd-March 2nd, course on a catamaran, (AVAILABLE)
  • March 2nd-9th (AVAILABLE)
  • March 9th-16th, (AVAILABLE)
  • March 9th-16th, course on a catamaran, (AVAILABLE)
  • March 16th-23rd, (AVAILABLE)
  • March 23rd-30th, (AVAILABLE)
  • March 23rd-30th, course on a catamaran, (AVAILABLE)
  • March 30th-April 6th, (AVAILABLE)
  • April 6th-13th, (AVAILABLE)
  • April 6th-13th, course on a catamaran, (AVAILABLE)
  • April 13th-20th, (2 spots left!)
  • April 20th-27th, (AVAILABLE)
  • April 20th-27th, course on a catamaran, (AVAILABLE)
  • April 27th-May 4th, (FULL)
  • May 4th-11th, (AVAILABLE)
  • May 4th-11th, course on a catamaran, (AVAILABLE)
  • May 11th-18th, (AVAILABLE)

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ABOUT THIS DESTINATION

SAILING LESSONS IN MEXICO: IN THE SEA OF CORTEZ

Jacques Cousteau called the Sea of Cortez “The Aquarium of the World”. And he’s rarely wrong. Do deserted coves teeming with marine life and a lack of crowds sound good to you? If so, then make the Sea of Cortez your next destination. It is one of our favorite places to learn how to sail. Spend a week aboard a beautiful monohull or catamaran, and gain the skills, experience and certifications needed to charter sailboats in exotic destinations worldwide. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will earn American Sailing Association 101-104 Certifications (Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising, and Bareboat Charter) on our monohull courses, and the additional ASA 114 (Cruising Catamaran cert) on our catamaran courses.

 

 

LEARN TO SAIL IN THE SEA OF CORTEZ, IT’S BREATHTAKING

Fantastic sailing conditions, and breathtaking marine life, make this an amazing place to conduct our sailing lessons and courses. Watch whales and giant manta rays glide by the boat, snorkel with playful sea lions, and catch Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, Grouper and Snapper for your evening meal. A spectacular setting for an ASA sailing school!

EXAMPLE ITINERARY & MAP

 SATURDAY

Fly from home into the area, and catch a taxi to the marina. Explore the boat, stash your gear, and head out to get acquainted with the city of La Paz. Wander the Malecon (the ocean boardwalk) and grab some fresh local seafood at an outdoor restaurant. First night onboard!

SUNDAY

Do a charter briefing, finding out about sailing conditions in the area and information about all of our destinations. First sailing class; boat familiarization, systems overview, docking and anchoring. We set sail for Espiritu Santo Island, and a wealth of scenic coves. Arrive early to spend time snorkelling and exploring the area.

MONDAY

Morning sailing class; boat systems, sail theory, points of sail and sail trim. Spend day morning sailing and getting the feel for our boat. Set sail for Ensenada Grande, our anchorage for the evening and a beautiful cove. Head ashore and stroll through the cactus forest and enjoy the deserted beach.

TUESDAY

Set sail for Los Islotes, a rock outcropping teeming with playful seals. Snorkel and enjoy their impressive underwater antics.Introduction to navigation, chart reading, GPS, and chartplotters. Chart a course and set off on your first ocean passage. We’ll sail up the coast of Espiritu Santo, to the island of San Francisco and the famous “Hook” anchorage. We’ll continue with our sailing lessons, and everyone will have a chance to captain the boat. Fishing techniques for cruisers will be introduced, and hopefully we’ll catch fresh fish for dinner! Today is our first test, the ASA 101 test. When finished, go for a hike to a scenic viewpoint high above the anchorage or just relax on the white sand beach.

WEDNESDAY

Todays challenge is to circumnavigate Isla San Francisco! Put your navigation and sailing skills to the test, sailing every point of sail to see how fast you can sail around the entire island.  We will also practice man overboard drills, reefing, heaving to and heavy weather sailing along the way. Take the second test, ASA 103 today and then head out to snorkel the “boulder garden” a cool jumble of car size boulders with tons of fish!

THURSDAY

As confident sailors now, you’ll captain the boat for the passage back to Espiritu Santo, practicing your navigation, chart plotting, sailing, and fishing skills along the way. Explore more of Espiritu Santo Island, finding a new cove to anchor in for lunch and for the evening. Today is the hardest test of the week, the ASA 104 test!

FRIDAY

Sail to beautiful Balandra Bay and explore the stunning beaches around “Mushroom Rock”. If you are on a catamaran course you’ll take the final ASA 114 exam! Return to the marina in La Paz for docking practice.  and head out to celebrate passing the sailing course!

SATURDAY

Pack up bags, and catch the shuttle to the airport for your morning flight home … Or, stay on a couple of days and explore the area further!

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THE WORLD’S FRIENDLIEST SAILING COMMUNITY

Nautilus is like no other sailing company, and our trips are serious fun. Of course you want the certs, but we offer so much more.

We have an ever-growing list of passionate, outward bound, sailing fanatics who just love visiting new places and experiencing adventure. Every year we have several Alumni trips around the globe where past Nautilus graduates, and some of our team get together and just… you know. Sail. And Surf. And Snorkel. And Scuba…

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Testimonials

“I wasn’t very familiar with boating and less with sailing. Learned a lot while still enjoying every minute of it. The Sea of Cortez was an excellent sailing destination. ” G.D., Missouri