US Sailing Basic Keelboat

  • 22 Aug 2013
  • 9:00 AM
  • 25 Aug 2013
  • 5:00 PM
  • Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
  • 2


  • The cost of this course includes the cost your Basic Keelboat Textbook, Logbook, and a year membership to US Sailing.
  • Consider joining as a crew level member. Benefits include up to 25% discount and participation in open sailing events. The cost of this course includes the cost of your Basic Keelboat Textbook, Logbook, and a year membership with US Sailing.

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Students who successfully complete the written and practical on-the-water skills test for this course  will have "demonstrated the ability to responsibly skipper and crew a simple daysailing keelboat in familiar waters in light to moderate wind and sea conditions…[and] will be able to skipper a tiller-steered keelboat up to 27 feet in length."1 A US SAILING Basic Keelboat Certification course consists of two options: either a 4-day course of 8 hours day from 9:00 - 5:00 or two weekends of 8 hours days, 9:00 - 5:00. A US SAILING Keelboat Instructor and up to three students are on the water in a Sonar or J/22. Sonars are 23-foot keelboats and J/22s are 22-foot keelboats, both of which are safe (non-capsizable), comfortable and fun.

Topics covered include:

  • advanced boat handling
  • reefing
  • anchoring and mooring

Prerequisites: None required, but highly recommended to have had some time on boats even just to get oriented and see "if you like it".


  • Introduction to the DSC
  • Boat Control
  • Sail Trim
  • Quick-stop Overboard Recovery
  • Weather
  • Tides and Currents
  • Navigation
  • Reefing
  • Anchoring

Students will receive a copy of US SAILING's Basic Keelboat and a US SAILING Official Logbook of Sailing. Students must demonstrate a working knowledge of the concepts and skills in Basic Keelboat. One enrolled, your book will be available to you for pick up at the DSC.

Downtown Sailing Center at the Baltimore Museum of Industry
1425 Key Highway, Suite 110, Baltimore, MD 21230
410.727.0722 •

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