Basic Keelboat (ASA 101)

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Manhattan's Oldest
Sailing School

Our Basic Keelboat sailing course prepares you for a lifetime of sailing. With an emphasis on learning through experience, we teach you practical skills that enable control and confidence on the water.

You will be at the helm on the morning of your first class, and in command of the boat through all of the fundamental maneuvers by the next afternoon. Upon completing the course you have the option to test for your ASA Basic Keelboat Certification.

Basic Keelboat
(ASA 101)

Group Sailing Courses
  • All taxes and docking fees
  • Vessel & Personal Safety Equipment
  • ASA materials and certification ($99)
  • Gratuity

When and Where

Our two-day weekend sailing lessons take place every Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm at Pier 25 in Tribeca. There is a leisurely break in the middle of the day for lunch. Our sailing lessons depart from Pier 25 Marina in Tribeca.

What you'll learn

  • Nautical terminology
  • Sailing theory
  • Water safety
  • Knots
  • How to properly rig a sailboat
  • Docking and undocking under power
  • Safe marina procedures
  • The four basic maneuvers of a sailboat
  • Points of sail
  • Sail trim
  • Man overboard recovery procedure
  • Reefing and heave-to
  • Right of way rules
  • Boat and boater regulations
  • Tides and currents
  • Aids to navigation
  • Nautical Chart reading

Successful Completion Prepares You To

Skipper & Crew: boats up to 20′ in protected waters with light to moderate conditions, join our Wednesday Night Practice Sails, and, if you opt for ASA certification, qualify for our Coastal Cruising Course, ASA 103.

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