Sailing Awareness


To help adult scout leaders participate competently in a sailing outing. To increase the variety of fun adventures that troops can provide for scouts.

The course is intended to help adult leaders develop more situational awareness when onboard a sailboat. The course is not intended to teach the necessary sailing skills that would enable a person to skipper a boat.


This course will be a combination of online learning, lecture and interactive learning. After learning boating safety and basic sailing theory, the highlight of the course will be a one-day San Francisco Bay Cruise.

Course participants will set sail on a boat skippered by a USCG licensed captain. Boats will be chartered from Tradewinds Sailing Club and School in Richmond. After setting sail from Marina Bay in Richmond, boats will dock at Angel Island. Participants will have time to eat lunch on the island and go for a short hike. After re-boarding the boat, participants will sail around Angel Island back to Marina Bay. While underway, participants will have the opportunity to help steer the vessel and crew. The chartered boats will be a Catalina 350, Catalina 36, o Hunter 34, or equivalent. All boats are in excellent condition, have onboard bathrooms, and are USCG documented vessels.

Online training required in addition to indoor sessions (no cost)

  • Official Boater Safety Education Course – California Boating and Waterways
  • BSA Safety Afloat – must have been completed in last 6 months
  • American Sailing Association – Your First Sail (suggested)

Other requirements

  • Proof of swimming ability
  • BSA Medical forms
  • Liability release for MDSC and Tradewinds Sailing Club


For the one-day cruise, Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) will be provided by Tradewinds Sailing Club and School. Participants will be asked to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, bicycle gloves, and a rain jacket or windbreaker.


No food will be provided for participants. Participants will be asked to bring a brown-bag lunch and snacks for the one-day cruise.

Instructor credentials

Virginia Luchetti is certified sailing instructor through the American Sailing Association. She is licensed by the US Coast Guard as a Charterboat Captain. In addition, she is a member of the USCG Auxiliary and teaches boating safety courses to the public. She has also undergone USCG Auxiliary training in vessel inspection, weather, aids to navigation, and crew interaction.

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