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Keelboat Course

Bergen SEAS offers a Keelboat Course to teach the basics of sailing larger boats. We use our 27 foot Catalina, called the Zephyr. We currently offer 2 courses:

Practice Sailing Course

This is a one day, 4hr (10am-2pm) practical sailing of the keelboat on the Hudson River, covering:

  • Terminology, Safety fundamentals
  • Rigging
  • Points of Sail, Tacking & Jibing

The cost of the Practice Sail course is $150.

Keelboat 2-Day Course

Students get a hands-on course on sailing, conducted by a US Coast Guard Certified Skipper.

The course will cover the basics of pre-sail check out, engine check; motoring, leaving and returning to a slip; mooring ball pickup, anchoring; practice sailing on all points of sail; sailing by compass; performing 'man overboard' rescue, reefing the sails.

All keelboat instruction is taught on the Haverstraw Bay.  The boat is based in Haverstraw Marina, North Basin.  The course runs 10am to 3pm.

The cost of the 2-Day course is $275.

2017 Keelboat Sailing Class Schedule

Classes are usually planned for a Saturday/Saturday.  Scheduling is flexible during the season, based on demand.

KB 2 Day - June June 11, 18 Register
Practice Sail June 24 Register
KB 2 Day - July July 16, 23 Register
KB 2 Day - Aug TBD Register

Practice Sail Course

Day Topic Activities Covered
1 Practice Sailing Hands On practice sailing techniques on the boat, basic Hudson River orientation, Rigging, Points of Sail, Tacking and Jibing.

Keelboat 2-Day Course

Day Topic Activities Covered
1 Pre-sail checks, basic docking, rigging sails, tacking and jibing Practice sailing techniques under all points of sail, mooring ball approach, reefing sails, perform tacks and jibes, heave-to.
2 Rigging/de-rigging, local piloting, man overboard, Anchoring Continue practice sailing, practice man overboard rescue procedures, practice anchoring.