Annapolis Naval Sailing Association

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Founded in 1968, The Annapolis Naval Sailing Association (ANSA) is a volunteer not-for-profit sailing association dedicated to safe and affordable recreational sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and to promoting the sailing heritage of the Bay. Our membership is open to anyone with an interest in learning to sail, instructing, or just cruising on the Bay with us for fun. We base club operations out of Holiday Point Marina near Annapolis, Maryland. Our primary goal is to build competent crew and skippers of larger sailing boats while offering affordable sailing on the Bay.

We offer the full range of American Sailing Association (ASA) certifications as part of our training program, including ASA 101, 103, 104, 105, 114, and 118.  We also offer training based on U.S. Navy standards as formalized by the U.S. Naval Sailing Association for those interested in pursuing night sailing and more comprehensive skills.

We help our members build experience through day cruises, moonlight cruises, overnight cruises, member personal cruises, as well as stop-offs at shore-side restaurants and other points of interest.

ANSA membership is open to all. Some of us are new sailors and some have many years at sea.  We all love to sail, teach, and share our stories. We sail and maintain a 40 foot Columbia called S/V Nepenthe, and some of our members share their boats as well. If you have your own boat and need experience or some trained crew, come and join ANSA. Talk with our members, train, and sail with us. Log some hours and build on your sailing experiences.

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