2021 Sailing Excursion Schedule is Open! Our 5-day Cruise & Learn courses begin May 31st

Cruise & Learn in style and gusto aboard the S/V Anthea - a 48 foot aluminum Alubat Onvi455 built in Les Sables D'Olonne France, a harbor known for producing the Vendee Globe racers.

With only two cabins available, this is a unique sailing excursion and personalized training opportunity.  The Guests board at 5:00pm the late afternoon the day before the cruise, and ending around 5:00pm on the final day.

Captain Somervell is a top-rated NauticEd instructor with +30 years of experience training sailors. His sailing experience spans a lifetime: from racing to offshore deliveries to charter vacations throughout the world. Meet Capt Somervell ›

Price: $2,500 per Cabin ($1,250 per person if double occupancy). For travel convenience, guests have the option to stay aboard for the Friday night after the cruise conclusion.

Certifications Available: Qualified Crew, Bareboat Charter Master, SLC (International Sailing License & Credentials).
*NauticEd online and multimedia knowledge courses are included. Learn at your own pace and at home, and then enjoy more relaxing and training time when on-the-water.

Included: All aboard food/meals, snacks/beverages; and bedding, towels, and linens.  Safety equipment including self-inflating PFDs are provided.

Not Included: Meals and evening entertainment ashore are not included. Alcoholic beverages are not included, and guests can bring alcoholic beverages of their choice to be enjoyed responsibly.

Deposit & Terms: 25% non-refundable* deposit required to hold a cabin, balance due 30 days prior to departure (*note we offer a full refund for Covid related cancellations of the cruise). Payment accepted by PayPal (incl. credit cards) and check.

Covid Precautions: we abide by the State of Washington's required Covid safety precautions: including mask-wearing, distancing (as reasonable), and proper cleaning. Cruises are limited to 2 couples (4 passengers total).


May 31- June 4: Seattle, exploring the Northern Puget Sound

We will be sailing in the Northern Puget sound out of Bell Harbor Marina. Let's explore! You may board on Sunday and you can stay until Saturday for no charge.

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June 7-11:  Seattle, the Northern Puget Sound and San Juan Islands

We will make the crossing from Bell Harbor Marina (Seattle) to Friday Harbor. Come along and see the sites! You may board in Bell Harbor Marina on Sunday and you can stay until Saturday in Friday Harbor for no charge!

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Course & Certification Overview

Crew Member Training: knowledgeable, competent, and skilled crew are essential to sailing – and crewing is often more fun than taking on the many responsibilities of a skipper. But a responsible crew needs to be knowledgeable and skilled themselves – steering a steady course, sail trimming, docking assists, navigation, and knowing just what in the heck that thingy does (hint: probably something important)?

Online and on-the-water training is available for crewing on small and large sailboats as well as crewing on a sailing vacation. Skipper training and crew training go hand-in-hand. It creates a good cross-training environment. Consider training with friends and family while they are doing their Bareboat training.

Qualified Crew Certification: upon completion, you will receive the Qualified Crew Rank that goes onto your sailing resume. This gives you the confidence in your ability to understand the workings on the sailboat while you enjoy contributing as a knowledgeable and competent crew member.


Bareboat Charter Master: Take a sailing vacation and charter boats worldwide. Gain the knowledge, training, experience, proper certification, and licensure for multiday and near coastal sailing adventures

A Bareboat Charter Master is someone who knows their stuff inside and out. Leading your friends and family on coastal waters for multiple days on a sailing vacation is where you need mastery of knowledge, skills and systems. Our Bareboat Charter Master sailing certification requires meaningful experience, comprehensive online course work, on-the-water training and a demonstration of your practical sailing skills. NauticEd’s Bareboat courses train all aspects of multiday sailing: international navigation rules and bouys, sailing techniques, boat management and systems, boat handling, coastal navigation, electronic navigation and more. Your sailing school’s course is a charter ready program that immerses you in practical on-the-water education, as well as 6 online in-depth multimedia knowledge courses.

Bareboat Charter Master Certification: upon successfully passing theory and practical assessment, and logging experience, you’ll earn the Bareboat Charter Master Rank certification.

NauticEd SLC licenseInternational Sailing License & Credentials (SLC): the International Sailing License and Credentials (SLC) is recognized by worldwide port authorities and yacht charter companies as the North American equivalent to the United Nations ICC sailing license. Requirements include a practical assessment of competence by a NauticEd American National Standards sailing instructor.

*Note: Some European jurisdictions require additional licensing to charter a yacht. We recommend the NauticEd SLC (International Sailing License and Credentials) to satisfy these requirements.

To Register

Please contact us below to reserve your cabin, and we certainly welcome questions.  Alternatively contact us directly at 503-314-9401 or chris@chanceencounterssailing.org.

Registration begins with us discussing any details, particularly ensuring that the training is personalized and the right choice for your goals.

Contact Us

Get started today by signing up for your two FREE NauticEd online sailing courses.

Learn the basics of how sails work and sailing rules on-the-water. Also receive a free (forever) sailing logbook and resume tool, must haves for any sailor.