top of page

Basic Keelboat

Learn to Sail in the World's Best Sailing Waters.


Learn to sail in the Sir Francis Drake Channel


Rhode Island

Learn to sail in the Narragansett Bay

Basic Keelboat - Learn to Sail

ASA 101 Certification

BVI Training Boat: IC24

New England Training Boat: J22

Two or Three Day Basic Keelboat Course

Our two day Basic Keelboat course is structured around a schedule which challenges every level of student and rewards each with the objective and subjective know how to command a boat of this size. This course is offered every weekend as well as weekly: Tuesday & Wednesday or Thursday & Friday. The format combines classroom time and on the water training each day. The classroom portion is one hour concentrating on terminology, parts of the boat, knots and theory. This time is also spent focusing on translating what you have read in the book into simple dynamics of sailing. On the water you will spend three and one half to four hours each day practicing what you have read and what you have been taught.

Tuition Rates

$550 per person + $115 ASA 101 exam fee

3 day Basic Keelboat Course is the $650 pp + $115 ASA 101 exam fee

ASA exam fee includes:

  • The ASA Sailing Made Easy textbook

  • ASA exam

  • ASA logbook

  • ASA membership fee


Course Curriculum
Day 1

In the classroom

  • Parts of the boat

  • Bowline, cleating,clove hitch

  • Points of sail

  • Standing and running rigging

  • Tacks and jibes

  • Basic sail trim

  • Irons(how to go in, how to get out)

  • Mooring balls

  • Rights of way

  • Commands


On the water

  • PFD's and safety gear

  • Outboard operation

  • Dock line and fender handling

  • Sail raising and leaving dock/anchorage

  • Using tell tales

  • Going head to wind, bearing away

  • Tacks and jibes

  • Sail to dock

  • ID all standing and running rigging

  • Straight line steering

  • Points of sail

  • Proper boat put down

Day 2

In the classroom

  • Square knot, slip knot, rolling hitch, stopper knot

  • Apparent and true wind. Headers and lifts. Veers and backs

  • Sail shape and sail trim

  • Sail controls (backstay, vang, Cunningham, sheets, halyard, outhaul etc.)

  • Reefing

  • Slot effect (Bernoulli principal)

  • Anchoring


On the water

  • Windward Leewards

  • Zig zags with sail trim (heading up, falling off)

  • Mooring balls under sail

  • MOBS

  • Heave to

  • Reefing

  • Anchoring

  • Rudderless steering

Optional day 3

More time on the water (with or without instructor) practicing and refining learned skills

bottom of page