Learn to sail on the Chesapeake Bay!  

We are sailing through November!
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Watch for our November business meeting and December End-of-Season Party!

The Annapolis Naval Sailing Association was formed in 1968 as a chapter of the United States Naval Sailing Association.  ANSA is a volunteer non profit sailing association dedicated to safe and affordable recreational sailing for our members 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 marinas local to Annapolis, Maryland. 

We offer American Sailing Association (ASA) certifications for 101, 103, 104, 105, 114, and 118 to help learn to cruise on the Chesapeake Bay.  We also offer private  classes, overnight classes, on the water navigation, and opportunities to join local races and club sails. 

Thanks to our Instructors and Students who helped make 2023 another great sailing year for ANSA!

Please watch the calendar for our annual Coastal Navigation class (ASA 105).

In addition to our scheduled On-the-Water classes, we offer private training and flexible scheduling.  While most of our scheduled classes are on weekends, our Instructors are also available during the week in some cases.  Contact us at training@ansa.org to discuss what works for you and your family and friends.


In 2022, ANSA continued offering a full schedule of sail training classes to our members. We tried our best to meet the backlog of sailors wanting to get their ASA certifications and learn to sail on the Bay.  After no classes in 2020, we offered 30 on-the-water classes in 2021 and 33 classes in 2022.  Continuing to grow our training program, we welcomed 5 additional instructors in 2022 and provided 146 ASA certifications for 101, 103, 104, 105, 114, and 118. In between classes we offered 40 club sails on the Chesapeake Bay to help our students practice and gain skills. 

Bay Flyer was raced in 21 races out of the Pirates Cove Racing Club on the West River.

In 2019, we received a donation of a 1986 Hunter 31 which has proven to be a fun, reliable sailor. We teach ASA 101 and 103 on Bay Flyer as well as take her out for club sails.  In addition, we supported our sailing this year with a combination of members boats and charter boats for ASA 104 and 114.  We are very grateful to our members who have allowed us to use their boats for our activities.

We encourage members to participate in our maintenance days. It is important to not only learn how to sail but to also learn about the different systems and how to maintain them as well as handle emergencies. By helping to maintain our fleet, it reduces our costs and increases understanding of boat systems. For members who are hoping to one day own their own boat, the knowledge gained can be worthwhile.

Here’s to a busy and exciting 2023 and I hope to see you on the Bay!!

Captain Amy Purves, outgoing Commodore

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