US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification

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This is Your Year to Learn to Sail with North Cove Sailing!  

This US Sailing: Basic Keelboat Certification “Learn to Sail” course is designed for students new to the sport of sailing who have never stepped on a sailboat before or for students of all levels of sailing experience who would like to earn Basic Keelboat Certification.

US Sailing Association is the governing body for the sport of sailing and North Cove Sailing is a US Sailing Certified Teaching School.  All of our Instructors are required to hold a US Coast Guard Captain’s License as well as be a US Sailing Association Certified Instructor.

This course includes 16 hours on the water instruction taught on weekends – Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00am to 6:00pm beginning May thru October aboard our fleet of Colgate 26s.  Our teaching ratio is 4-5 adults to 1 Instructor for a max of 6 adults on board.

Course Materials (included):

Basic Keelboat Certification Book, Official US Sailing Logbook and Certification Sticker.  A complimentary one-year membership in US Sailing Association with all benefits is also included upon successful completion of the online exam. Course Schedule


9:00am- 1:00pm   Part 1    Meet at Classroom – 300 Vesey Street

1:00pm -2:00pm   Lunch Break – many great restaurant options at Brookfield Place

2:00pm-6:00pm    Part 2


 9:00am- 1:00pm   Part 3     Meet at Classroom – 300 Vesey Street

1:00pm -2:00pm   Lunch Break – many great restaurant options at Brookfield Place

2:00pm-6:00pm    Part 4

Weekday evening 4 night course schedules as well as Private Lessons are available upon request.  Please contact Moochie, Director of Sailing at 646-877-2337

Process to receive US Sailing: Basic Keelboat Certification:

  1. Upon successful completion of the course, students have the opportunity to take an online exam anytime that fits their schedule.
  2. After taking the online exam, North Cove Sailing will be notified by email of student’s passing score.
  3. North Cove Sailing will assign a certification number to the student, issue an official LogBook and notify US Sailing Association of passing score.
  4. US Sailing will then contact the student by email to assign a complimentary 1 Year Membership to the US Sailing Association

All students completing the course and earning Basic Keelboat Certification are welcome to join our North Cove Sailing Club as a new Crew Member to continue sailing and improving their skills on the water with our Skipper Mentor Members.

Course Content:

Sailing 101: US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification Overview

-Rigging and Sails

-Apparent and True Wind

-Points of Sail

-Sail Trim

-Tacking and Jibing

-Wind Pressure and Lift

-Boat Handling


-Man Overboard Drills

-Reefing and Heavy Weather Techniques

-Right of Way and Seamanship

REGISTER TODAY!  Select a weekend date below to Learn to Sail with US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification.  A confirmation email will be sent providing details of what to wear and what to bring.  Questions? Email [email protected] or call Moochie, Director of Sailing 646-877-2337.