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Coastal Navigation ASA 105 ONLINE Jan 12-30 Register 

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 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. Our primary goal is to build competent crew and skippers of larger sailing boats while offering affordable sailing opportunities 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.

Our Training Schedule for 2021 is now posted.  You may register for classes, including our Online ASA 105 Coastal Navigation which begins January 12, 2021. 

In addition to our scheduled On-the-Water classes, we will offer private training and flexible scheduling.  While most of our classes are on weekends, our Instructors are also available during the week in some cases.


The year 2019 was a very active one for ANSA. We continued offering American Sailing Association (ASA) sailing certificates as well as USNSA qualifications.  We grew our training program and provided 70 ASA certifications for on-the-water classes and navigation, as well as offering club sails on the Chesapeake Bay to help our students practice and gain skills.  Our goal is providing affordable sailing on the Bay to our members.

We received a donation of a 1986 Hunter 31 which has proven to be a fun, reliable sailor. We were able to teach ASA 101 and 103 on Bay Flyer as well as take her out for club sails.  We also 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.

While our season was put on hold in 2020 due to COVID, we anticipate a full season in 2021.  Watch our events and calendar for the training schedule and sailing opportunities to be posted.

The growth of our training program would not have been possible without the financial assistance of the ANSA Foundation. They are a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations made are tax deductible. They support other organizations as well such as STEM sails for high school students, environmental organizations focused on the Bay such as the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, as well as museums such as the US Navy Museum.

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 2021 and I hope to see you on the Bay!!

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