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BaySail on the Chesapeake
Course Descriptions & Rates
Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned sailor wishing to sharpen your skills, our goal at BaySail is to provide you with an experience that is fun, educational and above all increases your love of sailing. Listed below are some key reasons why we would like you to consider BaySail. Please also see our page titled, Frequently Asked School Questions.
- ASA CERTIFICATION - BaySail offers a full range of American Sailing Association (ASA) courses. ASA provides a stepped approach to learning to sail -- as you take courses you gain skills and become certified to skipper different sized boats. ASA certification is recognized worldwide by sailing professionals and yacht charter companies and it ensures that our school complies with a comprehensive program.
- SMALL CLASS SIZE - BaySail classes are limited to four students affording plenty of personal attention. Our instructors are mature, experienced and qualified. They love their jobs and it shows!
- FIRST CLASS BOATS - BaySail uses new or recent model sailboats that are chosen to give you the best possible sailing experience. All BaySail boats are fully equipped, impeccably maintained and sparkling clean (you could eat off our decks!). After completing your course, you can practice your newly acquired skills on a variety of daysailers and yachts that are available for rent/charter from BaySail at a discounted rate for graduates. Please see our website for photos.
- LOCATED ON THE CHESAPEAKE BAY - Located just minutes off I-95 in the historic town of Havre de Grace, only 45 minutes from Baltimore and an hour from Philadelphia, BaySail offers an ideal venue for a variety of sailing instruction. The Havre de Grace harbor features protected waters for beginner courses while the greater Chesapeake Bay ensures challenges for more experienced students. Free shuttle from train station is available.
- RATE DISCOUNTS AND OPTIONS - As shown below, BaySail offers significant discounts if your booking includes two or more students. Plus our rates include course materials, ASA certification and taxes. BaySail also has a "Per Group" rate that offers a discounted inclusive price for up to four people and gives you the boat and instructor exclusively.
- WOMEN ONLY CLASSES – BaySail offers women only Basic Sailing (ASA 101) and Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103) in a comfortable setting with a woman instructor.
Please review the course descriptions below and our class schedule and then contact us to make a reservation!
DOCKING COURSE - (ASA 118)
Our practical hands-on instruction will show you safety requirements, maneuvering in and out of marina slips and along docks and much more. This course is held in one day. Maximum of four students enrolled. All taxes, fuel, boat and instructor are included in price.
Course fee $295 per person
1-DAY INTRODUCTION TO SAILING
If you are thinking that you would like to try sailing but you are not ready to tackle the certification level, then this full day class is just what you are looking for. One of our professional instructors will spend the day with you teaching the basics - tacking, jibing, points of sail, parts of the boat, rigging, etc. Take the helm and experience the joy of sailing. This is a perfect for family outings or quality time with friends. Makes a great gift too!
Saturdays or Sundays throughout the season
$195.00 per person - minimum 2, maximum 4
If your booking includes three or four, take $25.00 off per person
This is a non certification class
BASIC SAILING COURSE - (ASA 101)
During this course, you will receive instruction in such basic skills as preparation of the boat, rigging, hoisting and setting sails, Rules of the Road, and Points of Sail. You'll enjoy seven hours a day on the water and get plenty of hands-on training including open water sailing, docking, anchoring, and mooring as well as VHF Radio and outboard motor operation. In this course, we use Capri 22's which are very responsive, stable and easy to sail. The Capri features a large cockpit with plenty of leg room and a cabin below deck to stow gear. It's always best to learn the basics of sailing on a boat like the Capri 22 because it is not intimidating and gives students a much better feel for the wind than a large charter boat. Upon graduation you will receive ASA certification and you will be ready to safely and confidently skipper boats in the 25 ft. range. You will also receive 15% off your first boat rental so that you can practice your new skills. 3 day weekday classes are held Monday through Wednesday. Weekend courses are held over two extended days Saturday and Sunday or three standard days Friday through Sunday. Fee includes one year ASA membership and its benefits and discounts.
Course Fee $590 per person
If your booking includes…Two people take $25 off per person. Three people take $35 off per person.
Four people take $50 off per person. Per Boat Rate is $2000 weekday and $2,160 weekend.
Basic Sailing price is inclusive of certification, course materials, logbooks, ASA membership and taxes. Because some schools have fewer days of instruction and charge extra for materials, logbooks and certification, it is important to ask the school up front what is included in its published rates.
Click here for a class schedule.
ASA 101 rates include study guide, ASA certification, log book and membership
BASIC COASTAL CRUISING (Learn to Charter Course) - ( ASA 103 )
After completing this course you will receive ASA certification enabling you to “cruise safely in local and regional waters as both skipper and crew on an auxiliary sailboat of about 20 to 30 feet in length, in moderate winds and sea conditions.” Our practical hands-on instruction will show you safety requirements, maneuvering in and out of marina slips and along docks, basic navigation and much more. You will have the option of living aboard during this course. Each morning your instructor will join you for a full day of sailing and learning. Each evening you will return to the marina where your instructor will depart and you will be free to enjoy living aboard if you like. Yachts used are in the 30 to 34 ft. range. Prerequisite: ASA 101. (Arrangements can be made for experienced sailors to test out of ASA 101).
If your booking includes…Two people take $25 off per person.
Three people take $50 off per person. Four people take $75 off per person.
Per Group Rate is $2300 weekday course and $2700 weekend course.
(Per Group Rate is an inclusive price for up to 4 people and gives you the boat & instructor exclusively).
ASA 103 rates include your textbook and certification.
BAREBOAT CHARTERING CERTIFICATION COURSE - ( ASA 104 )
An advanced course designed to give individuals with cruising experience a greater understanding of boat systems, maintenance procedures and navigation. After completing this course you will receive certification enabling you to “act as skipper or crew of a 30 - 50 ft. boat sailing by day in coastal waters.” You and your instructor and crew will live aboard your sloop and cruise the Bay for three days practicing your newly acquired sailing skills. Two nights will be spent at anchor enjoying the quiet beauty of the Bay. Yachts used are in the 36 to 40 ft. range. Prerequisite: ASA 101 and 103.
If your booking includes…Two people take $50 off per person.
Three people take $75 off per person. Four people take $100 off per person.
Per Boat Rate is $3000.
ASA 104 rates include “Cruising Fundamentals” textbook and ASA certification.
BARE BOAT AND CATAMARAN COMBO COURSE (ASA 104 - 114)
This three day advanced course combines the ASA 104 Bare Boat and ASA 114 Catamaran Cruising curriculums and is great option for individuals that plan to charter a Catamaran in the future. The class is designed to give individuals a greater understanding of boat systems, maintenance procedures, navigation skills and multihull maneuvering with twin engines. After completing this course you will receive certification enabling you to "act as skipper or crew of a 30 - 50 ft. boat sailing by day in coastal waters." The course with be conducted on the new model Gemini Legacy 35.You and your instructor and crew will live aboard your sloop and cruise the Bay for three days practicing your newly acquired sailing skills. Two nights will be spent at anchor enjoying the quiet beauty of the Bay. Prerequisite: ASA 101 and 103. Click here for a class schedule.
If your booking includes…Two people take $50 off per person.
Three people take $75 off per person. Four people take $100 off per person
The combo course fee includes "Cruising Fundamentals" and "Catamaran Cruising" textbooks and ASA 104 -114 certifications.
*104 Graduates may enroll at the 104 Graduate Rate which includes the Catamaran Cruising textbook and ASA 114 certification only.
FIVE-DAY COMBO COURSE - (ASA 103 & ASA 104)
This course combines Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103) and Bareboat Chartering (ASA 104) as described above in an intense five-day program. After completing this course you will receive ASA certification enabling you to “act as skipper or crew of a 30 - 50 ft. boat sailing by day in coastal waters.” You and your instructor and crew will live aboard your chartered sloop learning many new skills and cruising the bay for five days. Yachts used are in the 36 to 40 ft. range. Prerequisite: ASA 101. Click here for a class schedule.
If your booking includes…Two people take $50 off per person.
Three people take $100 off per person. Four people take $125 off per person.
Per Boat Rate is $4000 weekday and $4800 weekend.
Combo Course rates include certification for ASA 103 and ASA 104. The textbooks are included for this course.
COASTAL NAVIGATION COURSE - (ASA 105) is offered in a Home Study course.
Home Study Course includes course materials and certification. Students must make arrangements to come to the BaySail office for a full day to take the exam which must be monitored by an instructor. The instructor will also be available before the test for a review. Additional tutoring can be arranged at an extra charge of $30 per hour (minimum of 3 hours).
Please call for course schedule.
ASA 105 rates include "Coastal Navigation" textbook, charts and ASA certification.
(Each student should bring plotting tools: parallel rule and dividers.)
ADVANCED COASTAL CRUISING – (ASA 106)
This is an advanced, hands-on learning experience with emphasis on seamanship, preparation, teamwork and safety. The course is designed to provide individuals with the necessary skills to skipper a vessel for an extending voyage in excess of 24 hours underway. The curriculum includes night time navigation, weather forecasting, and time/ resource management. Students will get the opportunity to sail round-the-clock keeping rotating watches while underway. This course is offered as a seven day (Delmarva Circumnavigation) or three day option. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to safely act as skipper and crew on a sailing vessel 30 to 50 feet in length in coastal and inland waters, in any condition. Prerequisite: ASA 101,103,104,105.
3 Day Course Fee $995 per person 7 Day Delmarva Course Fee $1995 per person
Course fee includes ASA 106 certification, fuel, and Annapolis Book of Seamanship.
Provisioning not including
BaySail would be happy to design a custom course to meet your individual needs. Please give us a call to discuss your experience and goals and we'll put together a proposal. We've listed a few of the options that are available below:
Five-Day Learn to Sail Course (ASA 101 & 103) - This course combines Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA 101) and Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103) as described above in a consecutive five-day program. The first two days will concentrate on the fundamentals of sailing and use our sporty Capri 22. In the next three days you will learn the skills necessary to confidently sail and operate a modern 30' sloop. After completing this course you will receive ASA certification enabling you to "cruise safely in local and regional waters as both skipper and crew on an auxiliary sailboat of about 20 to 30 feet in length, in moderate winds and sea conditions." You will have the option of living aboard during the last three days of the course. Yachts used are in the 30 to 34 ft. range. Two exams.
$3240 total for up to 4 people Monday to Friday
$3300 total for up to 4 people Saturday to Wednesday
Seven-Day Sailing Vacation (ASA 101 & 103) - This course is similar to the Five-Day Learn To Sail course described above except that it allows two extra days for relaxing and exploring the many beautiful anchorages and towns on the Bay. The first two days of this course you will practice the basics of sailing on a Capri 22 in historic Havre de Grace. Then on Day Three you will head out to explore the Bay and learn new skills. You and your instructor will stay overnight on board Days Three through Six and return on the afternoon of Day Seven. The boats used in this course are in the 32 to 34 ft. range. Two exams.
$4,260 total for up to 4 people Saturday to Friday
$4,645 total for up to 4 people Monday to Sunday
PRIVATE INSTRUCTION is available in all facets of sailing either on your own boat or on one of ours. This includes refresher courses as well as confidence-building practice in docking or close quarters maneuvering. On a BaySail boat the price is $35 per hour (min. of 3 hours) up to $190 per day (7 hours) plus the price of the boat. Private Instruction conducted on your own boat is $65 per hour plus transportation (min. of 3 hours) up to $375 per day (7 hours). These prices do not include tax, course materials, or certifications. There is an extra charge of $5 per hour for each additional student. Give us a call and we’ll build a program to meet your goals and objectives.
All BaySail courses and rates are based upon availability and subject to change without notice.