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City Island Yacht Club

Incorporated 1907

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City Island Yacht Club Sailing School

An American Sailing Association (ASA) Affiliate School 

We give you the knowledge and experience to be confident and safe on all your sailing adventures…Whether you charter a boat from a local harbor, go on an exotic sailing vacation, or even buy your own boat.

The CIYC Sailing School provides American Sailing Association curriculum and certification and the following benefits to students:

  • Convenient classroom and on-board instruction using CIYC boats
  • Use of club facilities during instruction
  • An active sailing community to support you in your sailing endeavors

SUMMER 2022:

ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing course available on weekends. To schedule your three-day class, contact:

June 24 – 26

July 8 – 10

July 22 – 24

August 5 – 7

August 12 – 14

Other courses offered on a periodic basis based on interest. Contact:

Classes Offered

ASA 101ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing
Learn to skipper a 20′ – 27′ sloop-rigged keelboat by day, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards. Qualifies you for CIYC Club Boat program.
–  $595 (plus $99 for  Coursebook and ASA Certification; instructor gratuity always welcome!)

ASA 103ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising
Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered 25′-35′ keelboat by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship.
–  $595 (plus Coursebook and ASA fees)

ASA104ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
Learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30′-45′ sailboat during a multi-day cruise upon inland/coastal waters in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more.
–  $595 (plus Coursebook and ASA fees)

ASA105ASA 105, Coastal Navigation
Learn the the navigational theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in coastal and inland waters. On-water coastal navigation skills elements are contained in the ASA103, Basic Coastal Cruising, ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising, and ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising, in progressively increasing levels of detail.
–  $495 (plus $99 for Coursebook and ASA certification fee)

Our Instructors

PATRICK GALLAGHER: Captain Patrick Gallagher, started sailing with his dad when he was just five years old. By the time he was a teenager, he was working at a marina and giving sailing tips to friends and customers. He became a certified ASA instructor in 1986.

Since then Patrick has sailed scores of boats for thousands of miles. Most recently, he delivered a 114-foot luxury sailboat from Antigua to Valencia, Spain, a distance of 3,902 nautical miles. The nonstop voyage took 20 days. He campaigned his 23-foot Star sailboat in one-design races all along the East Coast, and he was a key crewmember on larger boats in major regattas in Florida and the Great Lakes.

As the primary instructor for ASA 101, the basic keelboat sailing class, he introduces new sailors to the joys of taking the helm and trimming sails, learning to read the water and understand Rules of the Road.

Ed Woolsey

ED WOOLSEY: An avid racer and cruiser, Ed began sailing in 1976. Most of his sail time has been in Eastchester Bay and Long Island Sound, but more recently he has explored the west coast of Florida. Over the years he has owned several boats including a Frers 33, a J-80, an Ericson 38, a Tartan 34, and his current Tartan 41.

In 2015 Ed became a USCG Captain, 100-ton master, and more recently a 200-ton mate of towing. He owns and operates a marine repair and marine electronics business that often takes him to Liberty Landing Marina in Jersey City and Englewood Marina in New Jersey.

Ed has the following ASA teaching certifications: keelboat, basic coastal cruising, bareboat chartering, coastal navigation, docking and boat handling. Ed sails out of Liberty Landing Marina in Jersey City and City Island Yacht Club where he is an active member.

Sailing School news

Welcome Patrick Gallagher, ASA Instructor

Captain Patrick Gallagher, City Island Yacht Club’s new American Sailing Association (ASA) instructor, started sailing with his dad when he was just five years old ...
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