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Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA 101)


  • Simply the desire to learn to Sail!

The Basic Sailing course includes the theory and practice of sailing on all points of sail. Upon completion the student should be able to handle a similar size 32 or 35 foot sailboat in light to moderate wind and sea conditions in familiar waters.

The course is taught in two (full) days (9am to 4:30pm). Each day begins with a short lecture onboard on terms, theory, and boat orientation followed by on-the-water practice.

Topics included are:

  • Sailing and sailboat terminology

  • The theory of sailing

  • Boat handling and seamanship skills

  • Safety equipment and procedures

  • "Heaving to" maneuvers

  • Emergency and "person overboard" procedures

  • How to use a compass and read charts

  • Aids to navigation and navigation rules

  • Basic knots tying and applications

  • Safe docking procedures
Sailing skills are tested on the water, followed by a written examination. By the time we're finished you'll have the skills necessary to go day sailing with confidence.

We have found that we can optimize the learning experience by limiting the class size to 4 or 5 students and one instructor. Each student is constantly involved, alternating between skipper and crew, in learning the roles and responsibilities of each and how they must work together.

Tuition is $525 per student which includes classes, on water instructions, and ASA Certification .

Course Schedule: Tuesday/Wednesday or Saturday/Sunday every week.

Call for availability.

Sailing course manuals are sent upon your $250 deposit. Balance due 30 days prior.

To request more information about the ASA:
Shaw's Cove
New London, CT 06320
mail: PO Box 998,Westbrook, CT 06498
American Sailing Academy Tel: 860-333-8751