Northern Channel Islands Sailing Cruises

7-Day Cruises in the California Northern Channel Islands. Optional Bareboat and International Certifications are available

If you can cruise here, you can cruise anywhere!

Bareboat Charter Master and SLC certification Available

This is the sail training trip you’re going to remember for a long time. It’s been said that if you can cruise the Northern Channel Islands, you can cruise anywhere. It’s windy, it can be wild, and there are no restaurants or stores, no beach bars, and no moorings. We’ll be on our own. And that’s the exciting part. Just take a look at the pictures in the gallery below, and I think you’ll agree that these are some of the most interesting and beautiful islands to explore under sail.

The seven-day itinerary varies with the conditions, but we always look toward San Miguel if conditions permit, and we usually visit Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara Island, and Catalina. You’ll work on all the skills in the Bareboat Charter Master Rubrics, and you can elect to test through for the SLC Mediterranean Sailing License. Crew complete the meal planning and provisioning (a shared expense among crew) as part of the certification. Learn more about the Santana Sailing’s Bareboat Charter Master program >

Please note, you can join the cruise just for the experience without going through the formal training and certification process. Two double cabins available. See below for pricing and details.


Please contact us to set your own dates for this cruise!

What’s Included:
Cost includes your professional captain-instructor, drinking water, safety gear, dinghy and outboard.

What’s Not Included:
Not included in the trip fee is transportation to and from the marina, hotel stays before, during, or after the trip, provisions for meals (a shared expense among the crew), mooring fees if any, refueling the vessel, meals ashore, or alcohol.

Prerequisites for Certification:
NauticEd Skipper Large Keelboat Rank with verified practical competency; US Sailing Basic Cruising Certification; ASA 103 Certification; or, equivalent experience. Get started with a Trip Application. Please Contact Us if you have questions.

Prerequisite to join just for the experience:
Qualified Crew Member competency; good physical condition; able to move about the boat when underway; able and willing to work at the Captain/Instructor’s direction. Get started with a Trip Application. Please Contact Us if you have questions.


$3,115 per private cabin – up to 2 persons per cabin

  • 8% Long Beach Harbor fee applies.
  • 5% Loyalty discount for Santana Sailing School grads and past cruise participants.
  • Provisioning is a shared expense among crew.
  • Deposit is 60% at the time of booking, balance due 60 days prior to departure date.
  • Please see Payment Options.
  • Refunds are given only in the event of trip cancellation.  If your plans change after you’ve booked, we’ll keep a 50% credit for you to use on a future trip for the next 12 months. Please see our Trip Cancellation Policy. By paying for your class, you agree to this Trip Cancellation Policy.
  • Get started with a Trip Application.
  • Contact Us with any questions.


Step One in applying to participate in a Santana Sailing training trip is to fill out the Sailing Adventure Online Application. This will help us to better determine your needs, qualifications, and compatibility with Santana Sailing and its mission. We will contact you after reviewing your application to discuss and confirm your sail training objectives, travel arrangements, and the next steps including your deposit for the trip.

Training You Can Trust

Our Commitment to Your Sailing Competence: We really want you to have the skills - we know that you do too.  So when you continue training with us through Skipper Large Keelboat level, you will be ready to charter a boat on your own or we’ll invite you back for more training, free of charge. That’s our commitment.

See all the details at Commitment To Sailing Competence. Limitations apply.

American National Standard - Sail

Our training methodology meets the U.S. Coast Guard's prescribed On-Water Recreational Boating Skills Standard – SAIL, the newly released 2017 American National Standard for on-water instruction in entry-level recreational sailboat operation.


Professional Sailing Instruction

Santana Sailing's instructors are extraordinarily well-qualified: experienced, mature, trained to American National and International Standards, and assessed to the highest standards and expectations in recreational sailing.

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Santana Sailing offers fully-accredited NauticEd Training and Certification. NauticEd is the international leader in sailing education and certification, which affords our students the best educational resources and certification in the United States as well as abroad when sailing internationally.

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