FAQ | Additional Information
Hours of Operation
Monday – Sunday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
During the sailing season, typically May 1st – Labor Day Weekend
-Compass Point Veteran Outreach (CPVO) is a 501c(3) non-profit organization.
-CPVO has teamed with Sonset Sailing, an American Sailing Association (ASA) training affiliate. Veterans and/or respective families get a discount for sailing instructions.
-The going rate for an ASA basic sailing course is $490.00 per person, CPVO Vets and/or families get a $290.00 discount; the discount is not a ‘per person’ affair, it’s a single cost that covers the entire family.
-Sonset has two boats for training:
22’ Catalina at a cost of $200 per class
30’ Catalina at a cost of $300 per class.
For more information about the boats and training, please access:
-Lodging and food are the responsibility of attendees; both are available in
the local area tor at CPVO’s ‘retreat’ (see video in ‘About’ tab) offering full service cabins, BBQ, and beach access to Lake Huron. A donation (amount is up
to you) is required for cabin use.
Who Can Attend?
Veterans and/or veteran families. No limit on family size; in this regard there are programs for all family members in a variety of venues. Preschool aged children are unable to participate.
The minimum duration of sailing instruction is two days, the maximum can be a week or more.
Advanced Coastal Cruising.
DD-214 or NGB-22 must be provided. A semblance of fitness, to include ability to comprehend the dynamics of sailing are necessary. Disabled veterans are accepted; significant disabilities will be assessed during the intake process.
Interview with Captain to determine what type of service you are seeking and determine abilities to best fit you with the right service.
What Happens During the Program
For personal services, individuals are taught how to sail on a large vessel. Classroom instruction is followed by an on the water training. Venues cover basic to advanced sailing; basic is usually a 2-4 day program and advanced can be up to a week or more.
All crew members are veterans. Family orientated services consist of a small boat course where each family member is taught the basics and a team/crew approach to sailing on a bigger boat as a family.
All staff are trained in accordance with the American Sailing Association (ASA) standards, by ASA instructors.
All staff are veterans and CPR/BLS certified.
Social Workers, Nutritionist, and Nurses are available on weekends if requested.
Licensed USCG Captains are present during all training operations.