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Learn to Sail: Basic Keelboat Part 2

This is the second half of the US Sailing Basic Keelboat course for those who have already completed our Basic Keelboat Part 1 course. Enhance your skills as you explore advanced sail trim, tacking, jibing, rules of the road, basic navigation, knots, reefing, line handling, outboard engine basics, and docking.

This is a hands-on course that takes place on the water and in the classroom. We teach on our Cal 20 and Catalina 250. They are responsive but have a 6-foot keel so they can’t tip over. Our classes have 8 students or less. You will get to know each other and your instructors over the course of a weekend, or week-long class—it’s part of the fun!

After completing Basic Keelboat Part 1 and Part 2, students will to be tested for the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification, and on completion will receive a US Sailing Membership, a Logbook and a Certification Sticker that can be used around the country to rent or charter sailboats up to 27’.

Course Details:
May 18–19, June 1–2, June 15–16, June 29–30, July 13–14, July 27–28, Aug 10–11, Aug 24–25, Sept 28–29
9 AM–5 PM | Cost: $550 non-members, $499.95 members

  • Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Part 1
  • For Ages: 16+
  • Platform: We teach on our Cal 20 and Catalina 250. There will also be some time spent inside in the chartroom at the NWMC campus.
  • Duration: Two consecutive days: Saturday & Sunday, 9 AM–5 PM
  • Audience: Those who have already taken our Basic Keelboat Part 1 course and want to earn their US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification
  • Materials: Supplementary materials and resources will be provided for further reading and reference.
  • Registration: Sign up online at
  • Cost: $550 non-members, $499.95 members
  • Notes: Please watch for a reminder email with class schedules, details, and pack list to be sent via email one week before class. This class has a two-person minimum.

Adult Classes / Sailing Classes



Jun 01 - 02 2024


9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jun 01 - 02 2024
  • Time: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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