ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing
Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged keelboat of approximately 20 to 27 feet in length by day in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Knowledge of 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. Auxiliary power operation is not required.
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KNOWLEDGEA Certified Sailor will have successfully demonstrated their knowledge on the following topics…
Basic Sailing Terminology
- Standing Rigging
- Headstay / Forestay
- Helm / Tiller /Wheel
- Batten Pocket
- Jib / Genoa
- Bolt Rope
- Running Rigging
- Boom Topping Lift
- Roller Furler
- Boom Vang
- Weather helm
Maneuvers & Points of Sail
- No-Sail Zone
- Closed Hauled
- In Irons
- Close Reach
- Beam Reach
- Broad Reach
- Port Tack
- Starboard Tack
- “Heading Up”
- “Bearing Away”
- “Ready About” —– “Ready” —– “Helms a-Lee” (or “Coming About” or “Tacking”)
- “Prepare to Jibe” —– “Ready” —– “Jibe-Ho” (or “Jibing”)
For items 7 through 13, describe and use diagrams to apply the Navigation Rules. Identify the “stand-on” and “give-way” vessel in each situation.
Aids to Navigation
14. Identify and state the purpose of lateral aids to navigation by color, shape & numbering, including preferred channel markers.
Safety Gear & Procedures
17. Identify the location and color of navigation lights used by a recreational vessel of 25-feet in length.
18. Describe the purpose of a Float Plan, give examples of information contained therein and to whom it should be submitted.
SKILLSA Certified Sailor will have been tested on the following skills…
A Certified Sailor has successfully demonstrated his or her ability to:
Rig/hoist/set sails safely and correctly to obtain proper sail trim using the following lines and controls, if available on the practice vessel
Without coaching or assistance from the instructor, verbalize appropriate commands and demonstrate competence, safety and good seamanship in the role of Skipper / Helmsman during the maneuvers listed in items 37 – 46. Honor all aids to navigation and use properly the basic Navigation Rules. Ensure sails are trimmed correctly and the vessel is in control at all times.
44. Describe and demonstrate the correct actions to be taken while under sail from the time a person falls overboard until safely recovered.
Return & Secure
47. Describe the purpose of, and construct without assistance in a timely manner, each of the following knots and hitches:
- Figure-8 Knot
- Square (Reef) Knot
- Clove Hitch
- Round Turn & 2 Half Hitches
- Cleat Hitch