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ASA101 Basic Keelboat Sailing Class

Basic Keelboat Sailing

Prerequisites: None
Classes: 3 (Saturday & Sunday and the following Saturday)
Registration Fee: $395 member and $495 non-member

Spring Classes: 4/17-18, 5/15-16, and 6/19-20

  • Sailing Theory
  • Tacking and Points of Sail
  • Rules of the Road
  • Required and Recommended Equipment
  • Basic Knots
  • How to Gybe Safely
  • Helm Commands
  • Sail Trim
  • Skipper and Crew Responsibilities
  • Mastering Points of Sail and Sail Trim
  • Tacking
  • Gybing
  • Sailing in Tights Quarters
  • Reefing Sails
  • Heaving-to
  • Getting Out of Irons
• Outboard Motor Operations
  • Introduction to Navigation
  • Introduction to Racing

ASA101 Agenda

Classroom is conducted dockside on your teaching boat.
We like for our students to sail on two different boats under two different teaching skippers.

Day 1


10:00am to we learn all the parts of a sailboat, how to rig our sails, identify all required safety equipment, and conduct a crew safety briefing.

Bring a sack lunch to eat while we are underway. lunch while discussing your sailing goals and what it means to be a part of the Austin Yacht Club.

Then we learn how to sail upwind tacking, getting out of irons, and heaving-to. Next, we will sail a figure-8 reaching course learning points of sail and sail trim.
Then we learn out to sail down wind by gybing. You will learn how to do a “chicken gybe” in heavy air. You will sail various points of sail calling the proper sail trim, balancing your boat, making your boat go fast, and how to correctly execute the “Figure-8” man-overboard recovery method.

Our philosophy is to give a student a chance to sail at least two different kinds of boats learning from at least two different ASA teaching skippers. This gives you first hand experience sailing different boats and seeing different skippering styles.

4:30pm Return to the dock and put the teaching boat up

Our goal is to get you more than just certified.

Day 2


10:00am Written Exam

11:30am Lunch and Knot Test

Video: Knots Made Easy

12:00 to 5:00pm Water Drills focusing on sailing all points of sail by sailing a circle. Master the Man-overboard Recovery using the Figure-8 method.

Day 3

Saturday 12-4PM
Friday Afternoon
Friday Evening

Water Skills Test

You will try your hand at Single Handling a keelboat and the Figure-8 MOB Recovery Method. You and your shipmates will Circumnavigate Starnes Islands with little or no instructor assistance. You are now ready to be a certified as an ASA101 sailor. We want you be a better safer sailor as a result of training with us.

Water Skills Test are giving on Friday afternoons from 3:00 to 6:00, Friday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30, or Saturday afternoon from 12:00 to 4:00 during the months we are teaching the ASA101 certification course. You can take the Water Skills Test up to two times. Then your instructor will work with you to develop a plan to successfully complete your certification. You have up to six months to pass your Water Skills Test or re-take the ASA101 course at a reduced price.

Register for Your Water Skills Test

Please allow 48 hours for us to line up an instructor.

Make Up Session Due to Weather

In the event of bad weather, we may need to schedule a Make Up Session. These are usually on the following Saturday from 10:00 to 5:00.

We will work with you to get your training completed.

Register for a Make Up Session

10% Off – Thank you to our Veterans!

ASA recognizes the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served or are serving in our country’s armed forces. As a token of our appreciation, and our way of saying thank you, we are inviting veterans, active military personnel, and reservists to share our passion for sailing by offering a discount on our ASA101 Basic Keelboat Sailing Course at participating ASA affiliated sailing schools.

Step 1

Register on the ASA website and print your discount coupon.

Step 2

Select Your ASA101 class date.

Step 3

Email, snail-mail, or hand-deliver your ASA Veteran Coupon to the Austin Yacht Club to receive your discount.

Get Your Coupon

Challenge the ASA Standard!

Experienced Sailors Can Challenge the ASA 101 Standard!

Fee: $250 only available to AYC Members

Knowledgeable and experienced AYC sailors who have reviewed the ASA101 Standard and consider themselves proficient in each area are invited to “challenge” the Standard to earn their ASA 101 certifications. The challenge consists of two tests; one written and one the water checking out your water skills. The challenge takes about four hours to complete. You will be required to successful demonstrate the required on the waters skills and score at least 80% on the written exam. ASA101 Challenges are only open to AYC members. A portion of the challenge fee going to the AYC Fund to support AYC’s youth sailing program.

ASA101 Certification Challenge
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