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Sailing School NYC | Learn to Sail | Coastal Cruising ASA 103

Coastal Cruising (ASA 103)

Coastal Cruising is an intermediate sailing course designed for those who have completed Basic Sailing, or those with equivalent experience. The goal of the Coastal Cruising course is to prepare the student to cruise safely in local and regional waters as skipper or crew on an auxiliary powered sailboat up to 30' in length in moderate wind and sea conditions. Chart reading, plotting and coastal navigation skills are taught during this course.


When and Where
Our weekend course meets Saturday from 9am to 5pm & Sunday 9am to 6:30 at the 79th Street Boat Basin on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. There is a leisurely break in the middle of the day for lunch.
What You'll Learn
Advanced sailing theory
Managing heel and weather helm
Sail shape and rig control
Sailing in close quarters
Heavy weather techniques
Heaving to
Reefing underway
Man overboard recovery drills
Anchorages and anchoring
Handling emergencies
Course plotting and fixes
Steering by the compass
Successful Completion Prepares You To
Skipper boats under 30-feet in challenging locations such as New York Harbor, join our Wednesday Night Practice Sails, qualify for our Bareboat Chartering Standard Course, ASA 104.


Course Fee Includes:
All taxes and docking fees
ASA textbook
ASA Logbook
Shipping costs of course materials
1 year ASA membership
ASA Basic Keelboat Certification test
Fee does not include:
What To Expect
A timeline of your course and the ASA certification process
Register online
Be sure to include a shipping address where you can receive packages.
Receive a confirmation by email
Provided you registered at least 10 days prior to the class, your course materials will be shipped to you. These include:
• Welcome Packet with instructions, directions and pre-course study suggestions
Meet Up
Meet your instructor at the marina on Saturday 9:00am
Break for lunch
Pack a lunch and have a picnic at Riverside Park or enjoy a full menu at The Boat Basin Cafe overlooking the marina
Wrap up
Finish the day at 5pm
Meet up
Meet up again on Sunday morning, same time, same place
Break for lunch
At 5:00pm, take the written portion of your ASA 103 test. Assuming that you pass the test (our students have never failed!), your instructor will sign your log book verifying your scores
Leave Satisfied
The course wraps up around 6:30pm on Sunday. This could be a little earlier or a little later depending how fast you take the test. But we're here for you and won't rush you through the exam.
Follow Up
Within a few days, you will receive an email from us verifying that your test scores have been submitted to ASA for processin.
Receive Your Certification
Within 6 weeks, you will receive your ASA 103 certification sticker.