Charlotte Harbor Sailing
Punta Gorda, South West Florida
| (941) 676-0328 |

ASA Certified Sailing Lessons:
Achieve your sailing certification with the American Sailing Association standards aboard Eliora, our 31’ Catalina; we teach sailing onboard sailboats, not in classrooms . You will get lots of personal attention and helm time as all classes have a maximum of 4 students. In addition to the beginner and intermediate courses ASA101, ASA103, ASA104 and ASA105, we offer the refresher/review ASA111, and the harder-to-find Advanced Coastal Cruising (ASA106) course. Our school is easily located in Punta Gorda, Florida, in beautiful Charlotte Harbor on the Gulf of Mexico.

ASA Certified Private Sailing Lessons:
Private lessons and Couples courses are offered on our Catalina 310. This is the perfect option if you prefer personal one-on-one time with no additional students in the class.

ASA Certified Private Sailing Lessons on Your Boat:
If you would like private lessons on your own boat, our Captains will come to your marina anywhere on the Southwest Florida coastline from Naples up to Tampa. Another option is to bring your boat to Punta Gorda and dock it at Fisherman’s Village.

ASA111 Sailing Review and Private Informal Lessons:
You can go sailing on our Catalina 310 or use your boat, and a Captain will give informal, private lessons with no tests. You pick the topics to be covered, and work on the skills you wish. Perhaps you just need a little refresher course, more practice before the next sailing course, or maybe you want to learn more about your boat.

Make sure you mention you are a Veteran when you book your class. As a thank you to our Veterans, we offer a discount on ASA101.

Sunset Cruises and Captained Charters:
We have sunset cruises and Captained charters for those who just want to get out on the water and enjoy the day. The most popular sailing option is our Sunset Cruise which is 2 hours in duration, leaving the dock about 1 1/2 hours before sunset. All our charters include a Captain, and you are free to do as much or as little of the sailing as you wish. Enjoy your time exploring Charlotte Harbor or the Gulf Islands aboard our gorgeous 31’ Catalina ‘Eliora’. You may have up to 6 guests for day trips and up to 4 guests for overnight cruises. Nights may be spent on the hook or in a marina.

Our Sailing Instructors:
Our instructors all have many years of sailing experience, each is an American Sailing Association (ASA) certified instructor and has a Captains license from the United States Coast Guard (USCG). The owner, Captain Phil, has been selected by ASA as an Outstanding Instructor of the Year for both 2019 and 2020. This award honors the top 1% percent of all active status ASA Instructors as determined by Instructor Surveys that are submitted by their students.

American Sailing Certifications Offered

ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing
ASA 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.
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 111, Sailing Review
ASA 111, Sailing Review
Desire to improve or re-familiarize sailing knowledge and skills imparted during previous ASA keelboat certification course(s). Student and Instructor jointly decide on goals prior to the start of the review.

Other Services Available

  • Couples Courses
  • Private Courses
  • Weekday Courses
  • Weekend Courses
  • Day Sail Charters (public)
  • Vacation Charters
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Sailboat Cruises


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. Charlotte Harbor Sailing is offering a minimum of $50.00 or 10% off their ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course.

Sailing School Reviews / Testimonials

  • My wife and I enjoyed the classes very much. We strongly recommend the courses 101 and 103 for the beginner who is thinking of buying a boat or a couple that want to have a very pleasant three days of seeing what sailing is all about.[read more]

    - ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising

  • We were DELIGHTED with ASA 104 at Charlotte Harbor Sailing! We found the Catalina 310 to be a great boat, very easy to understand and to move about it. She is in great condition, everything in ship shape.[read more]

    - ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising

  • Loved the boat, an experience of a lifetime. First time I slept aboard a sailboat, and it was very pleasant and comfortable. The Captain was the best host, and we felt freedom like we never had!!![read more]

    - Charlotte Harbor Sailing

  • We both enjoyed the sailing class! Captain Phil is an excellent captain and teacher. We plan to continue taking the next lesson in the series in November of this year. I believe it is course #103. Phil has a natural talent in presenting info[read more]

    - ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing

  • ust to say thanks to you and Tim and Mark for an absolutely superb experience. Could not have been better. The plan is to be back next year for 104.[read more]

    - ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising

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Charlotte Harbor Sailing

Address 1780 West Marion AvePunta GordaFL33950United States
Phone (941) 676-0328
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