is our basic course for those with little or no prior experience.
Whether you've never stepped a pair of Skechers onto a sailboat, or you've
owned proper deck boots as a crew for years but you need to round out some
loose ends before becoming a "skipper," this is how to do it!
"Great program... far
exceeded expectations! I'll be back." (And she was!)
-Gale Wenberg, Manhattan.
of our Beneteau 21's returning to the moorings for a mid-sail break.
Unlike most other schools, we give you a short "B&B" break (bathrooms,
beverages, etc.). This is much more comfortable, and keeps your concentration
and enthusiasm up for the last couple of hours. It also guarantees
extra practice starting and stopping - the two hardest things to do!
...and, great teaching aids like
- the most fun and effective thing
you can do at sailing school, an NY Sailing Center signature which appears
to be an exclusive! Watch
video of our students using it!
3 day course
18 hours on-water instruction
(with strategic breaks)
6 hours classroom instruction
Maximum of 3 students per boat
groups of 4; we can keep you together if you prefer and give you more time
Variety of schedules
Free supervised practice sails
after the course without an instructor**
Easy access by car or public
- we'll even pick you up from Manhattan!
|You'll learn on the Beneteau
First 21.0, which has the best balance of properties of school
boats in use today. The Beneteau 21 has twin rudders, making
your learning experience much more effective, and making it easier for
you to sail other boats later. Far from a gimmick, twin rudders are
used in the most serious ocean races - Vendee Globe, Volvo Ocean Race,
and Transat 650 (6.5 meters, or 21 feet!), to name a few. Learn
** Beware: one school claims that
they are the only one giving practice sails without an instructor. This
is false; we have been doing this for decades. In fact, at least
five schools do this. More on our practice sails below!
Basic Keelboat Certification.
exceeds ASA minimum standards.)
New York State Safe Boating Exam Certification
is free and available as an easy on-line exam. This is a nationally
recognized curriculum from the National Association of State Boating Law
Administrators, NASBLA. Meets Safe Boating legal requirements for
most states in the country.
The ASA Basic Keelboat Certification is
included in our tuition. So is a 1-year membership in ASA
(which is not required thereafter to keep your certification, which is
valid for life.)
Curriculum: enough to require a
It’s safe, inexpensive and in the right
hands, surprisingly easy, too. Our sailing school program combines
decades of experience with fresh enthusiasm. Ideal for adults of
all ages, whether complete beginner or with little experience or formal
training, Start Sailingsm
navigates you through all the theory, terminology and maneuvers - putting
you on a course toward a lifetime of pleasure in this wonderfully diverse
Sailing is a healthy, accessible pastime
that you’ll never outgrow! It can be as exciting or relaxing as you
like. Maybe you see yourself cruising into a sunset after work, listening
to your stress drain away with the sloop’s bubbling wake. If you
“work hard and play hard,” one-design racing is probably the game for you.
Whichever you prefer,
and gets you off to the best start, too. Location,
instructors, boats and methods- we max out the industry gauges of excellence,
yet our all-inclusive price is in line at $795 with only three
students per boat!
to as much as $1250 with 4 per boat, often
materials and/or certification!
pay as little as half of our tuition - and get only what you pay for...
is backed up with the experience and perspective of 38 years in the sailing
school industry, giving you a great foundation on which to start building
your own experiences!
that it isn’t complete in its own right - after the course, you’ll be able
skipper a daysailing keel sloop on inland waters in moderate weather.
we’ll define all that nomenclature for you!)
Sailingsm is 32 hours
long, with 26 spent on the water. This includes more
sailing time with an instructor than most programs, plus our supervised
practice sails without an instructor that you schedule later. (The
one school we know of with longer couse hours also puts more students in
makes those extra hours even more effective by giving you plenty of time
at the tiller, too. How? With small groups of just 3
students per instructor, you and a maximum of 2 others. (Most sailing
schools assign 4 to each boat).
In fact, we hear from students and instructors who attended or taught at
other schools that overbooking, and instructor cancellations, are not uncommon.
That can add up to five or even SIX students in a boat! That's ridiculous
- yet one Basic Keelboat course in our region (with two days of sailing)
has had that happen at least two times that WE heard of. Quality
control is very important to us. That's why with this, our second
school, we decided to try teaching with only 3 students in each boat instead
of the unofficial industry standard of four. It works much better.
Why don't most schools use a 3-1 ratio? It costs more!
We also use exceptional teaching aids,
such as our exclusive Obstacle Coursesm
series of buoys. Nothing is more effective at teaching you to manuever
a boat. And it's also more fun! Watch
video of students sailing around the Obstacle Cousesm
and see for yourself. (We're aware of one other school using a similar
series of markers but not during the course days with an instructor on
And unlike too many other schools, we never
use an instructor who hasn't been certified by either ASA or US
Sailing. (more on:
Learning is by doing: instructors only
demonstrate, coach and encourage. In fact, you’ll get to try singlehanding,
where others keep clear as you handle all the basic tasks of steering,
trimming sails, even tacking and jibing across the wind! You'll even
singlehand around our Obstacle Course!
intimidating? Don’t worry, it’s actually fun!
And because you’re not sailing
in New York Harbor or the Rivers, you won’t be intimidated by commercial
shipping or adverse winds and currents. You’ll be sailing on the
quiet side of City Island, which has the longest tradition of sailing schools
in the region - and for good reason: nothing compares as a learning environment.
critical. Most of your time is spent on the water -
have been coveted by other schools for decades!
Stop by and see for yourself! We're
very convenient by both car and public transit, and we can pick you up
We'll even give you a free Preview