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ASA 101 Basic Keelboat



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Take your first step to cruising the lake, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and the world with ASA 101 at LNCS. The first step in American Sailing's series of courses, ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing teaches sailing fundamentals that apply to all sailboats. At LNCS you will learn skills including:

  • Points of sail
  • Proper sail trim and controls
  • Steering
  • Tacking and jibing 
  • Boat parts and terminology
  • Safety, rules of the road
  • Knots
  • Docking procedures
  • Heaving to and reefing
  • Man overboard recovery  

What You Can Expect

Boats - Our classes are taught on Capri 22 keelboats. An ideal boat for beginners, the Capri 22 is stable, responsive to helm and sail trim, and has a spacious cockpit.

Lake - Located on the southern end of Lake Norman, we have access to sail in large areas of open water and in sheltered coves, giving us the flexibility to sail in various wind conditions.

Time - The course is taught over two days, each day approximately six hours, running from 9:00am - 4:00pm depending on weather.

Learning - The course has both classroom (about 25%) and on-the-water instruction. There is a 100-question written test covering classroom topics and various sailing skills tests on the water.

ASA Certification

With more than 350 affiliated sailing schools worldwide and 1,500 certified instructors, American Sailing is the largest provider of keelboat sailing instruction in the United States. ASA 101 is a prerequisite for further ASA certifications such as 103 Coastal Cruising, 104 Bareboat Cruising and beyond. ASA Certification has recognized industry value for vacation boat chartering, insurance and owning your own boat. ASA 101 Certificate is awarded to those students who pass the on the water skills assessment and the written exam with a score of 80 or better.

Other Opportunities

Our ASA 101 graduates and other LNCS members have come together to charter sailing trips to the Chesapeake Bay and British Virgin Islands where they practice the skills they have learned while having a great time.


COST:  $580/Person; Payment is due upon registration and is non-refundable. Click here to create an account and register for a class.


Who Takes This Class:  This class is for beginner or experienced sailors who are seeking the ASA 101 certification (see above) or who want to learn to sail on a larger boat.

Student/Instructor Ratio: 3 students on the boat with 1 instructor

Class Size:  Most classes are a maximum of 3 students. In the event we do not have two or more people in class, we reserve the right to reschedule. Bring a friend! We have a few class dates highlighted below where we can accommodate 6 students as we will have 2 boats in operation. Please keep in mind if you register more than three people in your party, you will be split up.

Age:  18+

What to Bring/Wear:

  • Please dress according to the weather forecast. Wear layers and clothing that dries quickly.
  • Closed-toed shoes that strap onto your feet and dry quickly.
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses and a strap to secure them.
  • Hat
  • Water bottle
  • Life Jacket - If you do not have one we will provide it.

2024 Classes

July 13-14, Sat/Sun 
July 20-21, Sat/Sun 
July 27-28, Sat/Sun 
September 7-8, Sat/Sun 
September 12-13, Thu/Fri 
September 14-15, Sat/Sun 
September 21-22, Sat/Sun 
September 28-29, Sat/Sun 
October 5-6, Sat/Sun 
October 12-13, Sat/Sun 
October 19-20, Sat/Sun 
October 28-29, Mon/Tue 
November 2-3, Sat/Sun 
November 7-8, Thu/Fri 
November 9-10, Sat/Sun 
November 16-17, Sat/Sun 
 December 7-8, Sat/Sun 
  • LNCS Cancelation: If LNCS cancels class due to inclement weather or class size, we will work with the student to reschedule. 
  • STUDENT Cancelation:  Last minute rescheduling and no-shows are costly and cumbersome. LNCS does not offer refunds, but we do allow you to reschedule under the following guidelines:
    • Registered students may transfer to another class, pending availability, up to 7 days before the start of class at no additional cost. 
    • If a student reschedules more than once, a $75 rescheduling fee will be charged each time.
    • Rescheduling is NOT PERMITTED less than 7 days before the start of class. 


Please Note

  • You will receive correspondence via email or text from your instructor before class telling you what to expect.
  • Class fee is NON-REFUNDABLE but is transferable. Make up classes will be offered in the event of class cancellation due to non-sailable weather conditions.
  • Payment MUST BE RECEIVED at time of registration in order to secure your spot.
  • You do not have to be a Member to take a class.
  • If you are the only student registered in a class, class time may be shortened.
  • Dates are subject to change. 



Lake Norman Community Sailing
PO Box 1618 
Cornelius, North Carolina 28031

Phone: 704-947-7245
Email: [email protected]

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