Anchors Aweigh Sailing School
New London, Connecticut
| (860) 514-0137 |

Anchors Aweigh Sailing School offers the widest range and the highest levels of ASA certifications and endorsements in Connecticut.

At Anchors Aweigh, we believe sailing is a passion; it is more than boating, it is a connection with the wind and the water.  We can help you reach your sailing goal, whether it be to sail on your local lake, spend a day on the Long Island Sound, race in regattas, or sail to the Bahamas.  We can help you learn how to face the challenges of sailing while keeping you, your family & friends, and your boat safe and balanced.

We are located on the Thames River in New London, CT – a short sail to the Long Island Sound.

We teach basic sailing on a 23-foot Sonar and advanced sailing on 30-40 foot keelboats.

Captain Chris Cooper, our lead instructor, has been sailing for more than 40 years.  He has sailed everything from a 14-foot Sunfish to a 48-foot catamaran and many styles of boats in between.  Captain Cooper has sailed more than 10,000 nm on the open ocean, and he has a passion for sharing his knowledge and experience.


American Sailing Certifications Offered

ASA 101, Keelboat 1
ASA 101, Keelboat 1
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.
ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising
ASA 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.
ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
ASA 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.
ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising
ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising
Learn to safely act as skipper and crew of a sailing vessel about 30 to 50 feet in length in coastal and inland waters, in any conditions.
ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran
ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran
Learn to skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran of approximately 30-45' feet in length during a multi-day liveaboard cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions.
ASA 117, Basic Celestial Endorsement
ASA 117, Basic Celestial Endorsement
Learn to apply basic celestial navigation theory and practice to determine latitude and longitude at sea using a sextant and Nautical Almanac.
ASA 118, Docking Endorsement
ASA 118, Docking Endorsement
Learn basic docking skills for boats with single inboard or outboard engines. Discover the basic theory and hands-on techniques needed to dock and undock boats in an efficient manner and without damage or injury.
ASA 119, Marine Weather Endorsement
ASA 119, Marine Weather Endorsement
Learn to observe and forecast weather conditions using traditional maritime skills and modern technology. Knowledge of weather information for planning and adapting navigation during short duration and extended voyages.

Other Services Available

  • Couples Courses
  • Private Courses
  • Weekday Courses
  • Weekend Courses
  • ASA 'Challenges'
  • Vacation Charters
  • Sailboat Cruises
  • Racing Courses
  • Sail Trim Courses
  • Spinnaker Courses


ASA Veterans Sailing Education Program - Sign Up Now >>

At ASA we recognize the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who have served or are serving in our country's armed forces. As a token of our appreciation, and our way of saying thank you, we are inviting veterans and active military personnel to share our passion for sailing by offering a discount on our ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course. Anchors Aweigh Sailing School is offering a minimum of $50.00 or 10% off their ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course.

Sailing School Reviews / Testimonials

  • Excellent sail. Captain Cooper is a knowledgeable, affable, and humorous instructor. I highly recommend Captain Chris for lessons or cruises.

    Eileen - ASA 101, Keelboat 1

  • Captain Cooper is amazing. Customized approach towards one’s skill set and comfort level. Very patient.

    Jon - ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising

  • Captain Cooper is an outstanding instructor and an asset to ASA. From the get-go I recognized that he was an extremely well-qualified and experienced sailor. Because of him, I feel prepared and confident to sail the boats at my club.

    Louise - ASA 101, Keelboat 1

  • Being the painfully novice sailor that I am, having classes over winter is greatly appreciated. Captain Chris did a fantastic job as always.

    Jessica - ASA 101, Keelboat 1

  • Captain Cooper is an amazing instructor. As [we are] new sailors, he taught us a lot here and in past classes. He has a wealth of knowledge, and we look forward to continued learning from him!

    Jason, Jane, & Ian - ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising

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Anchors Aweigh Sailing School

Address Anchors Aweigh Sailing School 70 Howard StreetNew LondonCT06320USA
Phone (860) 514-0137
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