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Tue May 21st, 2024
4:30 PM PT / 7:30 PM ET

Sail Power For Cruisers

In this online class, explore sail configurations and controls for optimal boat speed and balance for cruising monohulls and catamarans.
90-Minute Live Session
On Demand Replay Available
Live Q&A
Downloadable PDF Study Guide
Have you ever thought that your cruising sailboat is slow, or that you are motoring too much?  Maybe you’re not quite sure which sail controls to tweak to improve your boat’s performance. This online class, taught by Captains Lisa & Andy Batchelor, will help answer those questions and empower you to improve your boat's speed and efficiency while under sail. Whether you are a new sailor or an experienced skipper, you'll benefit from the skills and techniques taught in this class on your next sailing trip.

We think it's important to share why we’re so passionate about teaching you what we've learned about sailing. See, we teach it because we live it. It wasn’t too long ago that we were trying to figure out how to chart our journey and set sail. We did all the research, watched the YouTube videos, and read thousands of articles and blog posts. Everyone was saying something different! It was overwhelming and made the decision to start our adventure even harder. Quite frankly, we were nearly terrified... But we didn't give up on our dream life. Through trial and error we found what works, and more importantly, what doesn’t work. Over the last few years, we’ve been able to help change thousands of people’s lives by sharing our experiences.

Chris and Keith of Bluewater Cruising

Sail Power For Cruisers


Who is this class for?

This online class is suitable for all levels of sailors who’d like to improve their understanding and skills to make their boats sail faster, more efficiently, and more comfortably. It is an excellent complement to all ASA sailing courses.

What Will I Learn?

Learn the fundamentals needed to achieve optimal boat speed and balance.  Learn about different types of sails and their relative advantages. Understand how true and apparent wind affects your sail trim, and how that trim varies if sailing upwind or downwind. After this class, you will be itching to get out on the water to experiment with new sail trim techniques.


  • Headsail and Mainsail trim
  • Angle of attack
  • Twist – why and how
  • Mainsheet, vang, traveler controls
  • Jib car position
  • Boat balance
  • Weather helm
  • Preventers and boom brakes
  • Reefing
  • Heavy weather tactics
  • Cruising sail combinations for upwind, reaching and downwind


Sail Solomons ASA School & Charter Base, Founders

Captains Andy Batchelor and Lisa Batchelor Frailey are both lifelong sailors and retired military officers. Andy served in the Royal Air Force in aviation and intelligence, and Lisa served in the US Navy in aviation, meteorology and oceanography – a combination of skills that have proven very useful to sailing and passagemaking.

They founded and operated Sail Solomons ASA school and charter base, receiving numerous awards for ASA Outstanding School and Outstanding Instructors. Andy and Lisa are the writers of five ASA textbooks.


Cruising for seven years onboard their Passport 47 ZINGARO and Outbound 46 KINETIC, Andy and Lisa have made numerous coastal passages and ocean voyages, conducting cruising and passagemaking training while living aboard in exotic locations.  They have conducted instructional passages on many makes and models of cruising and performance catamarans. They also organize and lead sailing flotillas on catamarans and monohulls in the Caribbean. Andy and Lisa are regular speakers at Cruisers’ University and present many live and virtual seminars.

Andy and Lisa launched Kinetic Sailing to offer marine consulting, charter brokerage, instructional yacht deliveries and tailored instruction with a global scope. They are USCG Captains, ASA Master Instructors, cruisers, racers, analysts and business owners with a wealth of experience in the sailing industry.


Tuesday, May 21st, 2024
@ 4:30 PM PT / 7:30 PM ET (90 min)

Regular Price
ASA Member Price


All registrations include unlimited on-demand access to the recordings of the live online class. So if you are unable to attend live you can still register and watch at your leisure.


American Sailing Members can claim their discount in the Member Portal. If you're not a current member then for only $59/year you can join or renew today!
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