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Learn to sail in New Rochelle or City Island:

ASA 101
Basic Keelboat

Course Fee: $849

A three-day intro to sailing course designed for beginners with no previous experience on the water. This course includes 16 hours of instruction and 8 hours of practice sailing. After completing the course, students can rent from our fleet of 23-foot sailboats!



Course fee: $849

EBYC and HYC Members: contact us for a 10% discount code


New Rochelle:

Port Sailing School

22 Pelham Road

New Rochelle, NY 10801

City Island:

Harlem Yacht Club

417 Hunter Ave

Bronx, NY 10464


Each day will meet from 9:30am to 5:00pm

New Rochelle:

Weekend Classes: Saturday, Sunday, and the following Saturday

Weekday Classes: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

Holidays (Memorial and Labor Day): Saturday, Sunday, and Monday

City Island:

Course runs three consecutive Sundays

*See booking link for dates and availability

**Aditional dates available upon request

Course Layout

Day 1: Begining with a morning of classroom instruction, students will learn basic sailing concepts and terminology. After a one-hour break for lunch, students will go out with their instructor on one of our Sonar 23 sailboats! With an afternoon of hands-on learning, everyone will learn how to steer, trim the sails, and enjoy an afternoon on the water.

Day 2: Students and their instructor will head out first thing in the morning. The entire day will be spent onboard out in the Long Island Sound with a lunch break back on land. The second day will focus on more specific boat-handling techniques, crew-overboard drills, and mooring skills.

Day 3: The third day is test day. This day is flexible to give students the best wind conditions possible for their on-water sailing practical. In addition, there will be a written, multiple-choice exam. Of course, there will be a break for lunch.

What's Included

  • 16 hours of instruction

  • 2 free practice sails after course completion

  • ASA textbook, log book, and certification

Topics Covered

Basic sailing terminology

Maneuvers and points of sail

Navigation rules

Aids to navigation

Safety gear and procedures

Crew overboard

Returning and securing


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