ASA 101 – Basic Keelboat
ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Course
Three 4-hour or two 6-hour days on a Harbor 20
Course Price and Scheduling
Group Course: $645 per person. Total of three students–You and two other students, who we match you up with. Please click here to choose your course dates.
Semi-Private Course: $825 per person. Total of two students–You and one other student, who we match you up with. Please click here to choose your course dates.
Private Course 1 Student: $1400 total. A private course just for you, based on your schedule. Click here to tell us when you would like to start.
Private Course 2 Students: $1500 total. A private course for you and someone you know, based on your schedule. Click here to tell us when you would like to start.
Private Course 3 Students: $1775 total. A private course for you and two people who you know, based on your schedule. Click here to tell us when you would like to start.
Information about the Course
In this course, you will learn to skipper a sloop-rigged keelboat by day, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards.
For a full list of all 52 topics (knowledge and skills) that will be covered click below.
Basic Sailing Terminology
- Helm / Tiller /Wheel
- Standing Rigging
- Headstay / Forestay
- Jib / Genoa
- Downhaul / Cunningham
- Batten Pocket
- Bolt Rope
- Running Rigging
- Boom Topping Lift
- Boom Vang
- Roller Furler
- Weather helm
Maneuvers & Points of Sail
- No-Sail Zone
- Closed Hauled
- Close Reach
- Beam Reach
- Broad Reach
- In Irons
- Port Tack
- Starboard Tack
- “Heading Up”
- “Bearing Away”
- “Ready About” —– “Ready” —– “Helms a-Lee” (or “Coming About” or “Tacking”)
- “Prepare to Jibe” —– “Ready” —– “Jibe-Ho” (or “Jibing”)
For items 6 through 12, describe, using diagrams as appropriate, the applicable rules for a 25-foot recreational sailing vessel, as found in the USCG Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook. Identify the “stand-on” and “give-way” vessel in each situation.
13. Describe appropriate actions to be taken when sailing in the vicinity of commercial traffic, including responding to a danger signal.
Aids to Navigation
14. Identify and state the purpose of lateral aids to navigation by color, shape & numbering, including preferred channel markers.
Safety Gear & Procedures
17. Identify the location and color of navigation lights used by a recreational vessel of 25-feet in length.
18. Describe the purpose of a Float Plan, give examples of information contained therein and to whom it should be submitted.
A Certified Sailor has successfully demonstrated his or her ability to:
Rig/hoist/set sails safely and correctly to obtain proper sail trim using the following lines and controls, if available on the practice vessel
Without coaching or assistance, verbalize appropriate commands and demonstrate competence, safety and good seamanship in the role of Skipper / Helmsman during the maneuvers listed in elements 31 – 42. Honor all aids to navigation and use properly the basic Navigation Rules. Ensure sails are trimmed correctly and the vessel is in control at all times.
44. Describe and demonstrate the correct actions to be taken while under sail from the time a person falls overboard until safely recovered.
Return & Secure
Prerequisite – None
Boat utilized and description – Harbor 20
The Harbor 20 is a performance day sailor with classic good looks and plenty of room in the cockpit to make it easy for a small group to learn how to sail. The mainsail is fully battened and the furling jib is self-tacking. There is an electric motor to help you get out of the marina.
Boat location – Balboa Marina, Newport Beach, CA
The boat will be docked at the Balboa Marina where our office is located. This marina has some of the best facilities and is one of the best destinations in Southern California.
- Ample free parking
- Bathrooms and showers
- Two great restaurants with full bars – SOL Mexican Cocina & Tavern House Kitchen and Bar
- Starbucks across the street
- Gas station and minimart across the street
- Subway across the street
- ASA 101 textbook “Basic Keelboat Made Easy”
- Fuel, insurance, and safety gear (including life jackets)