ANSA is an American Sailing Associate (ASA) affiliate school and teaches to ASA standards, providing ASA certifications as described below.  Become a member to take classes with us.

Learn to sail on the Chesapeake Bay out of the beautiful Magothy River, South River, and West Rivers on larger sailing vessels, 30 feet and above with wheel helms.

ANSA offers the following ASA classes, check individual menu/pages for details and registration for each:

Introduction to Sailing
ASA 101 Keelboat 1 - Keelboat Sailing
ASA 102 Keelboat 2 - Sail Trim **** NEW CLASS - not a prerequisite for 103 ****
ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising

ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising
ASA 106 Advanced Coastal Cruising
ASA 114 Catamaran Cruising

ASA 111 Sailing Review/Refresh (contact us to arrange your personal session)
ASA 105 Coastal Navigation
ASA 118 Docking

In addition to our scheduled classes, we also offer private classes, flexible schedules, and classes on your own boat.  Contact training@ansa.org to discuss options.

A free club day sail comes with every class to give our members more opportunity to get on the water and continue sailing after their certification.

Contact the Rear Commodore for Training (training@ansa.org) with any questions.


Training Schedule

    • Friday, July 12, 2024
    • Sunday, July 14, 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Hartge Yacht Harbor, 4883 Church Ln, Galesville, MD
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Basic Coastal Cruising

    ASA 103 is an intermediate sailing course provided over 3 days on a 30' keelboat with a wheel helm.  We sail in the West River and Chesapeake Bay.

    Class Fee: $475

    Please purchase the textbook in advance of the class so that you can begin studying and doing the exercises.  

    You must be a member of ANSA to take a class.  Membership fees range from $55 to $75 depending on selected level.  Please join ANSA after your successful registration for this class.

    Refer to the full class description here and policies and procedures to view prerequisites and requirements.

    • Friday, July 19, 2024
    • Sunday, July 21, 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Hartge Yacht Harbor, 4883 Church Ln, Galesville, MD
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Keelboat 1 - Basic Keelboat Sailing

    ASA 101 is an introductory sailing course provided over 3 days on a 30' keelboat with a wheel helm.  We sail in the West River and Chesapeake Bay.

    Class Fee: $495

    Veteran/Active Duty: $445

    Please purchase the textbook in advance of the class so that you can begin studying and doing the exercises.  

    You must be a member of ANSA to take a class.  Membership fees range from $55 to $75 depending on selected level.  Please join ANSA after your successful registration for this class.

    Refer to the full class description here and policies and procedures to view prerequisites and requirements.

    • Friday, July 26, 2024
    • Sunday, July 28, 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Hartge Yacht Harbor, 4883 Church Ln, Galesville, MD
    • 2
    Register

    Keelboat 2 - Sail Trim

    ASA 102 covers more advanced sailing skills and sail trim and is provided over 3 days on a 30' keelboat with a wheel helm.  We sail in the West River and Chesapeake Bay.

    Class Fee: $435

    Please purchase the textbook in advance of the class so that you can begin studying and doing the exercises.  [Text for this class will be available from ASA soon!]

    You must be a member of ANSA to take a class.  Membership fees range from $55 to $75 depending on selected level.  Please join ANSA after your successful registration for this class.

    Refer to the full class description here and policies and procedures to view prerequisites and requirements.

    • Friday, August 02, 2024
    • Sunday, August 04, 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Hartge Yacht Harbor, 4883 Church Ln, Galesville, MD
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Basic Coastal Cruising

    ASA 103 is an intermediate sailing course provided over 3 days on a 30' keelboat with a wheel helm.  We sail in the West River and Chesapeake Bay.

    Class Fee: $475

    Please purchase the textbook in advance of the class so that you can begin studying and doing the exercises.  

    You must be a member of ANSA to take a class.  Membership fees range from $55 to $75 depending on selected level.  Please join ANSA after your successful registration for this class.

    Refer to the full class description here and policies and procedures to view prerequisites and requirements.

    • Monday, August 05, 2024
    • 09:00
    • Tuesday, August 06, 2024
    • 17:00
    • Hartge Yacht Harbor, 4883 Church Ln, Galesville, MD
    • 3
    Register

    Close Quarters Maneuvering (Docking)

    Learn to dock a wheel helm 30' vessel with prop wash and prop walk (no bowthruster) in a variety of conditions and locations.  

    This is a two day class.  Class fee is $315.

    Instructors: Jim Openshaw (410 591 2082) and Dave Wilson

    You should have the equivalent training and experience of ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising as a prerequisite.  Additional class details and requirements HERE.

    You must be a member of ANSA to take a class.  Membership fees range from $55 to $75 depending on selected level.  Please join ANSA after your successful registration for this class.



    • Friday, August 09, 2024
    • Sunday, August 11, 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Hartge Yacht Harbor, 4883 Church Ln, Galesville, MD
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Keelboat 1 - Basic Keelboat Sailing

    ASA 101 is an introductory sailing course provided over 3 days on a 30' keelboat with a wheel helm.  We sail in the West River and Chesapeake Bay.

    Class Fee: $495

    Veteran/Active Duty: $445

    Please purchase the textbook in advance of the class so that you can begin studying and doing the exercises.  

    You must be a member of ANSA to take a class.  Membership fees range from $55 to $75 depending on selected level.  Please join ANSA after your successful registration for this class.

    Refer to the full class description here and policies and procedures to view prerequisites and requirements.

    • Saturday, August 10, 2024
    • 09:00
    • Monday, August 12, 2024
    • 17:00
    • Haven Charters, 20846 Rock Hall Ave, Rock Hall, MD
    • 1
    Register

    Bareboat Coastal Cruising

    ASA 104 is provided over 3 days and 2 overnights on a 40 to 45 foot monohull with private cabins.

    Instructors:  Eli McGuigan and Emma Jimmyer

    Private Cabin, 1 sailor: $1,395

    Private Cabin, 2 sailors: $1,595

    You must be a  member of ANSA to sail with us. 

    Please refer to the full class description here to view prerequisites and requirements.

    • Friday, August 16, 2024
    • Sunday, August 18, 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Hartge Yacht Harbor, 4883 Church Ln, Galesville, MD
    • 4
    Register

    Keelboat 2 - Sail Trim

    ASA 102 covers more advanced sailing skills and sail trim and is provided over 3 days on a 30' keelboat with a wheel helm.  We sail in the West River and Chesapeake Bay.

    Class Fee: $435

    Please purchase the textbook in advance of the class so that you can begin studying and doing the exercises.  [Text for this class will be available from ASA soon!]

    You must be a member of ANSA to take a class.  Membership fees range from $55 to $75 depending on selected level.  Please join ANSA after your successful registration for this class.

    Refer to the full class description here and policies and procedures to view prerequisites and requirements.

    • Friday, August 23, 2024
    • Sunday, August 25, 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Hartge Yacht Harbor, 4883 Church Ln, Galesville, MD
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Basic Coastal Cruising

    ASA 103 is an intermediate sailing course provided over 3 days on a 30' keelboat with a wheel helm.  We sail in the West River and Chesapeake Bay.

    Class Fee: $475

    Please purchase the textbook in advance of the class so that you can begin studying and doing the exercises.  

    You must be a member of ANSA to take a class.  Membership fees range from $55 to $75 depending on selected level.  Please join ANSA after your successful registration for this class.

    Refer to the full class description here and policies and procedures to view prerequisites and requirements.

    • Monday, August 26, 2024
    • 09:00
    • Tuesday, August 27, 2024
    • 17:00
    • Hartge Yacht Harbor, 4883 Church Ln, Galesville, MD
    • 4
    Register

    Close Quarters Maneuvering (Docking)

    Learn to dock a wheel helm 30' vessel with prop wash and prop walk (no bowthruster) in a variety of conditions and locations.  

    This is a two day class.  Class fee is $315.

    Instructors: Jim Openshaw (410 591 2082) and Dave Wilson

    You should have the equivalent training and experience of ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising as a prerequisite.  Additional class details and requirements HERE.

    You must be a member of ANSA to take a class.  Membership fees range from $55 to $75 depending on selected level.  Please join ANSA after your successful registration for this class.



    • Friday, September 06, 2024
    • Sunday, September 08, 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Hartge Yacht Harbor, 4883 Church Ln, Galesville, MD
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Keelboat 1 - Basic Keelboat Sailing

    ASA 101 is an introductory sailing course provided over 3 days on a 30' keelboat with a wheel helm.  We sail in the West River and Chesapeake Bay.

    Class Fee: $495

    Veteran/Active Duty: $445

    Please purchase the textbook in advance of the class so that you can begin studying and doing the exercises.  

    You must be a member of ANSA to take a class.  Membership fees range from $55 to $75 depending on selected level.  Please join ANSA after your successful registration for this class.

    Refer to the full class description here and policies and procedures to view prerequisites and requirements.

    • Friday, September 13, 2024
    • Sunday, September 15, 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Hartge Yacht Harbor, 4883 Church Ln, Galesville, MD
    • 2
    Register

    Keelboat 2 - Sail Trim

    ASA 102 covers more advanced sailing skills and sail trim and is provided over 3 days on a 30' keelboat with a wheel helm.  We sail in the West River and Chesapeake Bay.

    Class Fee: $435

    Please purchase the textbook in advance of the class so that you can begin studying and doing the exercises.  [Text for this class will be available from ASA soon!]

    You must be a member of ANSA to take a class.  Membership fees range from $55 to $75 depending on selected level.  Please join ANSA after your successful registration for this class.

    Refer to the full class description here and policies and procedures to view prerequisites and requirements.

    • Friday, September 20, 2024
    • Sunday, September 22, 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Hartge Yacht Harbor, 4883 Church Ln, Galesville, MD
    • 1
    Register

    Keelboat 2 - Sail Trim

    ASA 102 covers more advanced sailing skills and sail trim and is provided over 3 days on a 30' keelboat with a wheel helm.  We sail in the West River and Chesapeake Bay.

    Class Fee: $435

    Please purchase the textbook in advance of the class so that you can begin studying and doing the exercises.  [Text for this class will be available from ASA soon!]

    You must be a member of ANSA to take a class.  Membership fees range from $55 to $75 depending on selected level.  Please join ANSA after your successful registration for this class.

    Refer to the full class description here and policies and procedures to view prerequisites and requirements.

    • Friday, September 27, 2024
    • Sunday, September 29, 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Hartge Yacht Harbor, 4883 Church Ln, Galesville, MD
    • 1
    Register

    Basic Coastal Cruising

    ASA 103 is an intermediate sailing course provided over 3 days on a 30' keelboat with a wheel helm.  We sail in the West River and Chesapeake Bay.

    Class Fee: $475

    Please purchase the textbook in advance of the class so that you can begin studying and doing the exercises.  

    You must be a member of ANSA to take a class.  Membership fees range from $55 to $75 depending on selected level.  Please join ANSA after your successful registration for this class.

    Refer to the full class description here and policies and procedures to view prerequisites and requirements.

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