Beginning Sailing Class

Learn to Sail





The Beginning Sailing course is a good way to determine if you like sailing and wish to continue learning how to sail. Students with no sailing experience who wish to have an introduction to sailing, or those with limited experience can take this course as a refresher rather than starting with ASA 101, which is also offered by CRSA. The Beginning Sailing course is economical, provides classroom and on the water learning experiences, and an introductory textbook for $35 per person.  Membership in CRSA ($95/family) is required for insurance purposes.

ASA courses are excellent, provide internationally recognized certificates awarded after passing a written and performance based exam, and include more advanced training. All information learned in Beginning Sailing is utilized in ASA Courses. See “Certified Sailing” (click here)  for more information.

The beginning course consists of two evenings of casual class work in Lexington and one Saturday on the water at Cave Run Lake where you will sail with experienced captains in the fun Bluegrass Charity Regatta. If you have a sailboat, CRSA will provide a captain who can teach you on your boat if you wish. The water experience allows students to put into practice the principles they learned in the classroom.

Topics covered include: types of sailboats, boat parts and rigging, knots you will use, sails and what they do, sailing terminology, steering, tacking, sailing upwind and downwind, safe sailing procedures and coast guard requirements, adjusting sails, safe boarding, handling different wind conditions, rules of the road, leaving the dock, returning to the dock, storing/folding sails, sailing etiquette, trailering a sailboat, backing up a trailer, and staying safe on the water.

This course is offered only once during sailing season usually in May.

Students interested in Beginning Sailing should go to the CRSA homepage,, click on “Join Us” to fill out the membership form (or click here), then register for Beginning Sailing under Events (or Click Here)
Cost: You must pay the $95 family membership fee and the $35/person fee for the Beginning Sailing course prior to the first class. Space is limited and is on a first paid, first served basis. Please register at least one week prior to the first class.

If you have questions please send an email to