Pentagon Sailing Club


Keelboat Training Program

  

Pentagon Sailing Club Basic Sailing Course
2017 Basic Sailing Schedule

The Pentagon Sailing Club, based out of the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) Capitol Cove Marina, 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 certificates.  These certifications are not automatic, but by studying the material and taking advantage of the training opportunities provided, these certifications can be achieved. Please Note: that beginning in the 2018 Sailing Season you will need to finalize your ASA 103 certification with a Day Bay Sail. 


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 weekends/4 days on-the-water sessions (approximately 32 hours) and a total of two evening classes conducted between 7:00 & 9:00 PM before the weekend sessions. The course has a written test as well as a practical On-The-Water (OTW) 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.    


     

Request to Challenge the Pentagon Sailing Club Basic Sailing Course

The club also has a Basic Sailing Course challenge procedure, where upon a successful challenge, a club member with previous sail training and experience can be awarded a Pentagon Sailing Club basic sailing certification and the ASA 101/103 certifications without taking the course. The challenge involves successfully completing an on-the-water evaluation by a club instructor and passing the ASA 101 and 103 written exams. To challenge the course you must first submit your sailing resume to the Training Commodore for approval to challenge the course and then, if approved, you can sign up online for one of the challenge events.  Send your resume to: PSC Training Commodore   


Deb D'Agostino
Training Commodore

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2017 Basic Sailing Schedule and Locations

Locations:

Evening Classroom Sessions: TBD Classroom, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling

On-the-Water Sessions: Capital Cove Marina, JBAB - 90 Giovannoli Way, Washington, DC 20032

Class No. 1: Register for May 3 - 21, 2017 class

Evening Classroom Sessions: Wednesday, 3 May and Wednesday, 17 May (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)

Weekend On-the-Water Sessions: Saturday/Sunday, 6/7 May and Saturday/Sunday, 20/21 May (8:30 AM - 5:00 PM)

Class No. 2: Register for May 31 - June 25, 2017 class

Evening Classroom Sessions: Wednesday, 31 May and Wednesday, 21 June (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)

Weekend On-the-Water Sessions: Sundays, 4/11 June and Saturday/Sunday, 24/25 June (8:30 AM - 5:00 PM)

Please note: On-the-water sessions for Class No. 2 occur over three weekends.

Class No. 3: Register for July 6 - 23, 2017 class

Evening Classroom Sessions: Thursday, 6 July and Thursday, 20 July (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)

Weekend On-the-Water Sessions: Saturday/Sunday, 8/9 July and Saturday/Sunday, 22/23 July (8:30 AM - 5:00 PM)

Class No. 4: Register for August 23 - September 16, 2017 class

Evening Classroom Sessions: Wednesday, 23 August and Wednesday, 6 September (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)

Weekend On-the-Water Sessions: Saturday/Sunday, 26/27 August and Saturdays, 9/16 September (8:30 AM - 5:00 PM)

Please note: On-the-water sessions for Class No. 4 occur over three weekends.

Class No. 5: Register for September 20 - October 8, 2017 class

Evening Classroom Sessions: Wednesday, 20 September and Wednesday, 4 October (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)

Weekend On-the-Water Sessions: Saturday/Sunday, 23/24 September and Saturday/Sunday, 7/8 October (8:30 AM - 5:00 PM)


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