Keelboat Training Program

Pentagon Sailing Club Basic Sailing Course

The Pentagon Sailing Club, based out of Capitol Cove Marina on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB), offers basic keelboat sailing courses on the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. We conduct the training aboard our four 22 foot keelboat sailing sloops (Catalina CAPRIs). All have outboard motors, a full complement of sails, and sparse accommodations below deck. Successful completion of our Basic Sailing Course results in a Pentagon Sailing Club qualification that will allow you to sail the club keelboats on the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers.  In addition it is possible to earn both the American Sailing Association (ASA) 101 and 103 certifications. These certifications are not automatic, but by studying the material and taking advantage of the training opportunities provided, these certifications can be earned.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will have the basic sailing skills necessary to safely skipper a small keelboat in designated, inshore waters, during moderate weather conditions.  Upon the recommendation of a senior sailing instructor and taking the time to learn the club boat rental procedures, you will be qualified to check-out one of the PSC keelboats for personal use on the Potomac and Anacostia rivers.        

The Basic Sailing Course is generally presented in two full weekends of on-the-water sessions (approximately 32 hours) and two weekday evening classes conducted between 7:00 & 9:00 PM before the weekend sessions. See schedule below. Successful completion of the course requires passing a written examination after the practical on-the-water evaluation. Each class has an average of 12 students with three students and one instructor per boat. The cost for these classes includes all instruction, the textbook, logbook, other course materials, and your first years dues to the American Sailing Association. 

The Basic Sailing Courses are our most popular events and usually sell out for the season by early summer.  For questions or more information please contact Jeanne Burns, River Training Coordinator
                

John Laffman

Training Commodore


2019 Basic Sailing Courses

    • 10 Jul 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • 21 Jul 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Classroom: American Legion Post 176 - Upstairs Meeting Room, 6520 Amhurst Ave, Springfield, VA 22150; OTW: Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling: Capital Cove Marina 90 Giovannoli Way, Washington, DC 20032
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    Register

    Basic Keelboat River Sailing Certification Course

    An intensive course designed to produce confident skippers able to sail our 22’ keelboats in the Potomac River. This is a great class for those new to sailing, and it offers a perfect refresher for those who have experience sailing but may be out of practice. It is possible to earn both ASA 101 and 103 by taking this course but the certifications are not awarded automatically. Those without previous sailing experience and those that do not study the course materials may require additional training to successfully compete both ASA 101 and 103. We are committed to working with our members to achieve qualifications. Cost includes first year American Sailing Association (ASA) membership.

    Click here for more information.

    The class is only open to PSC members. Join now to participate. 

    This class has two weekday evening sessions and four weekend on-the-water sessions:

    Evening Classroom Sessions (7 PM-9 PM), at American Legion Post 176 - Upstairs Meeting Room, 6520 Amhurst Ave, Springfield, VA 22150

    Wednesday, 10 July 2019
    Wednesday, 17 July 2019

    Weekend On-The-Water Sessions - (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM) at Capital Cove Marina, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling [JBAB] - 90 Giovannoli Way, Washington, DC 20032

    Saturday/Sunday, 13-14 July 2019
    Saturday/Sunday, 20-21 July 2019


    Pentagon Sailing Club offers this course at a discounted rate for active duty enlisted members of the Armed Forces at pay grades E-5 and lower. We will review credentials of those who use this registration type.
    PSC Members may use up to 2 FVSMs for this class. FVSMs are worth $50.00 each for this class. Please check the FVSM spreadsheet to make sure you have FVSM(s) available before choosing either of these pricing options.

    Contact Jeanne Burns, River Training Coordinator, with questions.

    Note on waitlist: If class fills, please register for the waitlist to be considered if space opens up for this class. However, also consider the other times this course is offered. In addition, this waitlist does not carry over to other class offerings. Sign up for each waitlist if interested in multiple full course times.

    • 07 Aug 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • 18 Aug 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Classroom: American Legion Post 176 - Upstairs Meeting Room, 6520 Amhurst Ave, Springfield, VA 22150; OTW: Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling: Capital Cove Marina 90 Giovannoli Way, Washington, DC 20032
    • 9
    Register

    Basic Keelboat River Sailing Certification Course

    An intensive course designed to produce confident skippers able to sail our 22’ keelboats in the Potomac River. This is a great class for those new to sailing, and it offers a perfect refresher for those who have experience sailing but may be out of practice. It is possible to earn both ASA 101 and 103 by taking this course but the certifications are not awarded automatically. Those without previous sailing experience and those that do not study the course materials may require additional training to successfully compete both ASA 101 and 103. We are committed to working with our members to achieve qualifications. Cost includes first year American Sailing Association (ASA) membership.

    Click here for more information.

    The class is only open to PSC members. Join now to participate. 

    This class has two weekday evening sessions and four weekend on-the-water sessions:

    Evening Classroom Sessions (7 PM-9 PM), at American Legion Post 176 - Upstairs Meeting Room, 6520 Amhurst Ave, Springfield, VA 22150

    Wednesday, 7 August 2019
    Wednesday, 14 August 2019

    Weekend On-The-Water Sessions - (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM) at Capital Cove Marina, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling [JBAB] - 90 Giovannoli Way, Washington, DC 20032

    Saturday/Sunday, 10-11 August 2019
    Saturday/Sunday, 17-18 August 2019


    Pentagon Sailing Club offers this course at a discounted rate for active duty enlisted members of the Armed Forces at pay grades E-5 and lower. We will review credentials of those who use this registration type.

    PSC Members may use up to 2 FVSMs for this class. FVSMs are worth $50.00 each for this class. Please check the FVSM spreadsheet to make sure you have FVSM(s) available before choosing either of these pricing options.

    Contact Jeanne Burns, River Training Coordinator, with questions.

    Note on waitlist: If class fills, please register for the waitlist to be considered if space opens up for this class. However, also consider the other times this course is offered. In addition, this waitlist does not carry over to other class offerings. Sign up for each waitlist if interested in multiple full course times.

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