Join us for our ASA 102 Basic Keelboat Sailing Course (part 2)  where you will master the essentials of sailing aboard one of our well-equipped day-sailors: 2010 Hunter 216, 2011 Hunter 22 or our Pearson Ensign 22.5.  Our ASA 102 Sailing Course is designed to build upon your foundation from the ASA 101 Basic Keelboat sailing knowledge.  Each day-sailor features a tiller and outboard motor, providing an ideal platform for learning.  This comprehensive sailing course builds on the fundamentals, including but not limited to terminology, safety procedures, points of sail, tacking, jibing, man overboard  recovery, and docking techniques. 

This sailing course is the perfect opportunity for beginners to continue to gain confidence and skill on the water while setting sail about one of our day-sailors. 

Join us and discover the thrill of freedom of sailing in the beautiful waters of Saint Augustine, Florida. 


Able to skipper and crew aboard a sloop-rigged keelboat of approximately 20 to 30 feet in length by day in winds up to 20 knots. Depart, sail, and return with control demonstrating teamwork.

Our traditional ASA 102 Basic Keelboat Sailing Course is completed entirely onsite at St Augustine Sailing – 3074 Harbor Drive, Saint Augustine, Fl – on the water, on the docks, and in the classroom over 2 days.  Our sailing classes include textbook, training, testing, and certification.



Our sailing course is confirmed with only 2 students and we have a maximum of 4 students per class. 


At St. Augustine Sailing, we offer ASA Sailing Combination Courses designed to save you both time and money while maximizing your learning experience. These courses bundle multiple ASA certifications, providing an efficient pathway to becoming a proficient sailor. Additionally, if you’re looking for an immersive liveaboard experience, we offer options to sleep aboard our well-equipped vessels. This unique opportunity allows you to practice your new skills in a real-world setting, enjoy the camaraderie of fellow sailors, and experience life on the water firsthand. With our combination courses, you’ll gain comprehensive sailing knowledge and hands-on experience, all while enjoying significant savings. 



After you have successfully completed ASA 102 Basic Keelboat, which ASA Certifications should you take next? 



    1. Describe and identify the functions of the following terminology and sail parts:
      • Standing Rigging
        • Backstay
        • Forestay
        • Shroud
        • Mast
        • Boom
        • Spreader
      • Running Rigging
        • Boom vang
        • Main sheet
        • Jib sheet
        • Traveler
        • Jib lead
        • Main halyard
        • Jib halyard
        • Outhaul
        • Downhaul / cunningham
      • Sails
        • Mainsail
        • Jib
        • Genoa
        • Batten & batton pocket
        • Head, tack, and clew
        • Luff, Leech, Foot
        • Bolt rope / Luff slide
      • Other parts
        • Cleat
        • Gooseneck
        • Roller Furler
        • Shackle
        • Telltales (luff, leech, in rigging)
        • Tiller
        • Wheel
        • Winch & winch handle
      • Crew Roles
        • Jib trimmer
        • Mainsail trimmer
        • Helmsperson
      • Wind & trim Concepts
        • True wind
        • Apparent wind
        • Lift
        • Flow
        • Stall
        • Airfoil
        • Weather helm
        • Chord length
        • Angle of Attach
        • Depth (camber or draft)
        • Draft position
        • Twist

Safety: Preparation & Procedures

    1. Identify sources of safety information appropriate to your sail plan.
    2. List the responsibilities of the skipper to the crew and the sailing vessel.
    3. Identify proper crew and skipper preparedness for a day sail. 
    4. List proper safety gear for vessels approximately 20-30 feet in length by day in winds up to 20 knots. 
    5. Identify the most common danger areas on a boat when sailing upwind, downwind, tacking, jibing, hoisting sails, dropping sails, docking, and mooring. 
    6. Describe under which conditions the boom, lines, sheets, and decks become safety issues. 
    7. Describe proper appropriate line handling procedures and use of a winch and winch handle. 
    8. Describe safe fending and procedures. 
    9. Diagram MOB procedures including: Figure-8 recovery and Quick-stop recovery.

Boat Handling

    1. Diagram the proper course, list steps, and commands, communication for the helmsperson and crew when coming about. 
    2. Explain weather helm and how to control it. 
    3. Diagram and describe the steps for the helmsperson and crew when jibing.
    4. Describe the advantages and challenges of steering with a tiller extension. 

Trim Concepts

    1. Define the elements that affect lift on sailboats.
    2. Diagram the apparent wind triangle.
    3. Explain the difference between the proper trim and course when close hauled versus proper course and trim for off wind sailing.

Sail Shape and Power

    1. Describe the three sources of sail power: angle of attack, sail depth, and twist.
    2. Describe two ways to increase or decrease angle of attack and sail power. 
    3. Describe the difference in sail power between a flat and deep camber shape. 

How Sail Controls Affect Sail Shape and Power

    1. List jib controls and describe impact on angle of attack, depth, draft position, and twist.
    2. Describe the impact of jib fairlead position on telltale behavior and the flaw of “even break”. 
    3. List mainsail controls and describe the impact on angle of attack, depth, draft position, and twist. 
    4. Explain how boat speed, pointing ability, heel and weather helm can be affected by sail trim. 
    5. Describe the techniques for maximizing sail power in light air by adjusting sail controls and helm. 
    6. Describe how changes in boom vang tension impact mainsail shape and power when sailing on a reach. 

Safety: Preparation & Procedures

    1. Demonstrate proper use of a winch handle, and handling lines wrapped around a winch.
    2. Demonstrate a MOB Figure-8 and Quick Stop recovery in each crew position using proper communication and demonstrating teamwork. 

Boat Handling

    1. Demonstrate proper technique to rig and get underway, stow and coil for easy release, and proper dropping and stowing of sails. 
    2. Demonstrate proper driver position and helm technique, including the use of a tiller extension. 
    3. Demonstrate proper tacking in each crew position including commands, pace of turn, handling the helm, and weight movement. 
    4. Demonstrate how to sail with the tiller tied off, using weight and trim at both full-speed and down speed.
    5. Demonstrate proper jibing in each crew position from a broad reach to a broad reach including commands, rate of turn, handling the helm, weight movement, and proper exit angle. 
    6. Demonstrate how to come out of irons by sailing backwards and then backing the jib to exit the no sail zone. 
    7. Demonstrate how to heave-to so the boat will be self-tending and how to resume sailing. 


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