DISCOVER SAILING

Not sure if sailing is for you?  This 2-hour introductory course will help you find out.  No prior sailing knowledge is needed and you will experience the basic concepts of sailing in a comfortable no pressure learning environment. After a 30 minute on-board briefing, you will spend approximately 1.5 hours on the water sailing our J22's using small, cruising and training sails.


Cost: $150

Topics Include:

  • Sailing terminology

  • True and apparent wind

  • Points of sail

  • Coming about & jibing

  • Basic knots

  • Skipper and crew responsibilities

 

The next step in learning to sail is our Beginning Sailing Class.  We offer a Beginning / Intermediate Combo where you can sign up and pay for both courses at a package price.  Contact us for more details.

 

BEGINNING SAILING
(ASA 101 BASIC KEELBOAT PART I)

This 12-hour course gives a novice a solid foundation in the basics of sailing.

 

NO PRIOR SAILING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED!

After a 3-hour classroom session, you will spend 9 hours on the water in our J22's using small, cruising and training sails. The price of the course includes the ASA Sailing Fundamentals Text, lunch and refreshments. (Maximum of 4 students per instructor).

Cost: $495

Topics Include:

  • Sailing theory

  • Tacks & points of sail

  • Rigging and unrigging the boat

  • Coming about & jibing

  • Use of outboard motors

  • Basic knots

  • Skipper and crew responsibilities

 

The next step in learning to sail is our Intermediate Sailing Class.  We offer a Beginning / Intermediate Combo where you can sign up and pay for both courses at a package price.  Contact us for more details.

INTERMEDIATE SAILING
(ASA 101 BASIC KEELBOAT PART II)

12 additional hours of instruction, evaluation, and testing using our J22's will increase your boat handling skills and confidence in handling the J22. Upon completion of the written and on-the-water testing required for ASA Basic Keelboat certification, you will be ready to handle a boat in protected waters and to crew on larger boats. You will also be able to charter North Texas Sailing School J22's. This course also serves as a good refresher in the event that you sailed some time ago or learned to sail on a smaller boat and wish to step up to a larger keelboat. On finishing this course you will qualify for ASA101 Basic Keelboat certification.

The price of the course includes the ASA logbook, ASA101 certification application, lunch and refreshments. (Maximum of 4 students per instructor).

Cost: $495

Topics Include:

  • Sailing in close quarters

  • Weight & balance

  • Introduction to navigation

  • Anchoring

  • Reefing Sails

  • Heavy air sailing (if conditions permit)

  • Introduction to racing
     

Prerequisite: Beginning Sailing or equivalent experience.

 

We offer a Beginning/Intermediate Combo where you can sign up and pay for both courses at a package price.  Contact us for more details.

 

BASIC COASTAL CRUISING
(ASA 103)

This course introduces sailors to the additional skills required to skipper a larger sailboat on Lake Ray Hubbard and protected coastal waters. After a classroom seminar, two days will be spent aboard a medium size, live aboard cruising boat.

Cost: $595

Topics Include:

  • Sail shape and trim

  • Person overboard drills

  • Close quarters powering

  • Distress signals

  • Sail changes, including reefing

  • Emergency procedures

  • Introduction to coastal navigation

  • Short-handed cruising techniques

  • Large boat dockings, moorings and anchoring

  • Inboard engines
     

Prerequisite: ASA 101 Basic Keelboat

 

INTERMEDIATE COASTAL CRUISING
(ASA 104)

This class builds on basic seamanship skills and introduces the additional skills required to skipper a larger sailboat, 35-40 feet, on large inland lakes or open coastal waters. After a 3 hour classroom seminar, 2 days, including overnight, will be spent aboard a larger, fully-equipped cruising boat. Students in the class will actually plan and execute a complete trip itinerary.  Maximum class size is 5 students.

Cost: $795

 

Topics Include:

  • Trip Planning

  • Living afloat

  • Weather Seamanship

  • Navigation Planning

  • USCG Regulations

  • Courtesies & Customs

  • Port Entries and Exits

  • Emergency Procedures

  • Short-handed Cruising Techniques

  • Boat Systems

  • Maintenance Procedures
     

Prerequisites:

 

COASTAL NAVIGATION
(ASA 105)

This 18-hour classroom course is taught in January – March each year.  Course fee includes textbook, charts, plotting tools, and ASA 105 certification.

 

Cost: $495
 

Topics Include:

  • Reading nautical charts

  • Taking bearings and fixes

  • Fog navigation

  • Tides and tidal currents

  • Intro to rules of the road

  • Dead reckoning navigation

  • Correcting course for leeway and drift
     

Prerequisite: None

 

ADVANCED COASTAL CRUISING
(ASA 106)

This class will be sailed in the British Virgin Islands for students intending to earn the ASA 106 advanced coastal cruising certification. ASA 101, 103, 104, and 105 certifications are pre-requisites to earning ASA 106 certification. While no classroom session will be necessary, we will meet as a group prior to the trip to review plans. The written examination can be taken by appointment after returning home.

Charter boats are equipped with linens & pillows, galley ware, all sailing gear, navigation charts & instruments, GPS, autopilot, dinghy & motor, fuel & initial water. We will need to provision the boat with consumables, including drinking water. Those staying aboard will share the cost of provisioning each yacht equally, including establishing a petty cash system for miscellaneous expense.

Our sailing itinerary tentatively includes a trip to Anegada Island. Other potential destinations include Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, Sandy Cay, Norman and/or Peter Island. Students will have the opportunity to practice navigation skills, sailing skills, and enjoy island hospitality aboard and ashore.

Travel arrangements to Tortola can be made direct via San Juan PR and Beef Island Tortola, or through St. Thomas USVI, with a marine ferry connection to Tortola. Travel costs vary with timing, and are not included in the price of the class. Passports are necessary, and we will be filling out customs documents along the way. Due to the specialized nature of this class, registration can be done via phone or email rather than online.

Cost: Varies based on timing.

Topics Include:

  • Trip Planning

  • Vessel Inspection

  • Weather Seamanship

  • Navigation Planning

  • USCG Regulations

  • Sailing Theory

  • Practical Application

  • Emergency Procedures

  • Courtesies & Customs

  • Boat Systems

  • Maintenance Procedure

  • Engineering Safety at sea

 

Prerequisites: