Math and physics of sailing (A web site intended for my math and physics students, but people interested in the Offshore Passage Making class might find it interesting too since there's lots of sailing information there.)
                                         "I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
                                         And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,  .  .  ."

          John Masefield - Sea Fever


Bonneville's Off-Shore Passage Making
("OPM") Class is designed for sailors who would like to leave the lakes of Utah behind them (at least for a while) and head out on the open ocean with confidence. The course is divided into two parts: classroom training and offshore sailing.

                                       Offshore Passage Making Classroom Dates
                                                       May 4, 11, & 14, 2018
                                                             6:00 - 9:00 PM

The classroom training part of the course is open to all interested participants. It is taught as a regular face-to-face class for people who want to attend in person but it is also simultaneously broadcast over the internet as a live "webinar" utilizing two-way video streaming  This format allows people who don't live in Utah to participate just as easily as those who are attending in person. The classroom portion of the course covers the skills and knowledge that offshore sailors must have in order to sail safely and comfortably across oceans.

This class covers the topics of:
  • Preparing the boat for an offshore voyage
  • Provisioning for long ocean passages
  • Route planning and weather routing
  • Equipment aboard an offshore passage making vessel
  • Safety at sea
  • Watch scheduling and what happens while off watch
  • Meteorology at sea, including SSB radio, WeatherFax reception and interpretation
  • Heavy weather sailing
  • Handling emergencies offshore
The class does not cover the topic of celestial navigation. That topic is covered in Bonneville’s Celestial Navigation class, which is taught separately.

Cost:  $200.00 per person

Deposit:   A 1/2 down deposit is due to reserve your spot.   Full payment will be due by May 1, 2018.
To Register: Call 801.636.5204

                                                                Offshore Sailing TBD

The offshore sailing portion of the class is where participants get to take the skills and knowledge that they acquired in the classroom and put them to use in an ocean sailing trip covering many hundreds of miles (or possibly many thousands of miles) and spanning many days (or possibly many weeks). During this trip participants will rotate through all crew positions from acting skipper to navigator to deck hand to galley slave. (Please note that "pampered tourist" is not one of the crew positions available.) Because offshore sailing is not for novices this part of the course is restricted to people who have either completed Bonneville’s introductory sailing classes or those who can provide a sailing resume showing that they’ve gained equivalent sailing experience by some other means.

                                               Plans for the 2018 Offshore Sailing Trip

Next summer's Offshore Sailing trip will start in mid July and run either through late July or early August depending on crew members' interest and availability. 

The tentative itinerary for the OPM trip is to start in the Bahamas (Marsh Harbour), and end in St Petersburg Florida.  If participants would like to we can stop at one or two southern Bahamaian islands along the way as well and/or one or two islands in the Florida Keys.   The intermediate stops will depend on how much time people are able to devote to the trip.  People should plan for a minimum of two weeks for the journey.  If they can spend three weeks then that would allow us to stop at more places.  If some people can only spend two weeks but others can spend three then the ones who need to leave early could get off the boat in one of the Bahamian islands or in one of the Florida Keys. 
Disclaimer:  These plans are tentative and subject to change.

Cost:  $2,600 per person         
This amount does not include airfare or food. We’ll spend the first day provisioning the boat and food costs will be shared equally by all participants.

Deposit:    A 1/2 down deposit is due to reserve your spot.   Full payment will be due by May 1, 2018.

To Register: Call 801.636.5204

Text:     “The Voyager’s Handbook” by Beth Leonard, published by McGraw Hill
Alternate Texts (Highly Recommended):

              "Heavy Weather Sailing", by Coles and Bruce, published by McGraw Hill
              "Storm Tactics" by Lin and Larry Pardey, published by Pardey Books
              "World Cruising Routes" by Jimmy Cornell, published by McGraw Hill

                                                             The Instructor 


Douglas Hendricks is a USCG-licensed 100-ton Master with more than thirty years of sailing experience. He has sailed across the Atlantic, the Pacific, and the Indian oceans.  He has sailed in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Indonesia, Tahiti, Thailand, Hawaii, Africa and the Bahamas in addition to many years of sailing along both the east and west coasts of the US. He has taught both Offshore Passage Making and Celestial Navigation for Bonneville School of Sailing since 2008.

                                                                   The Boat


  • The sailing vessel "Life" is a 1994 Hunter Passage 42,  center cockpit model.
  • The length is 42 feet, beam is 14 feet, and draft is 5 feet.
  • For offshore safety the boat has a life raft, EPIRB, radar and SSB radio with weatherfax reception capability.
  • The boat has two cabins and additional sleeping space in the salon.
  • Each cabin has its own head and shower.  
  • The master cabin is especially large and has a center-line queen bed with room to get on or off it from both sides.
  • The galley includes a propane stove and oven, a built-in microwave oven, a fridge and a freezer.
  • An 11-ft inflatable dingy with an outboard engine is used for getting ashore if we're anchored out.
  • Some additional creature comforts are: the boat has air conditioning, an HDTV with a DVD player, a stereo with CD/MP3 and USB flash drive reader, and it has a fresh water shower on the rear swim platform for rinsing off after a nice swim in the ocean.

                                                                     Photo Gallery of "Life"