Griffin Sailing School
| (845) 688-2000 |

Sailing the Hudson River with Griffin Sailing School (GSS) is time well spent. We offer training in inland, coastal, and offshore sailing, providing a broad range of sailing knowledge to our graduates. We are proud to be an American Sailing Association affiliated school. Under strict ASA guidance, we provide the highest level of sailing education available by offering semi-private sailing instruction, with a student-to-instructor ratio of 3:1 that’s the best in the industry. Our highly experienced and certified by ASA and USCG instructors love to share their vast sailing knowledge. Whether you’re a beginner or a “salty” sailor, a cruiser or a racer, you’ll learn to sail comfortably and safely. We guarantee you’ll benefit from both the lectures and on-the-water training. GSS Courses don’t just teach you to sail. We are creating well-rounded sailors and building sailing relationship with our students for years to come. Top results and student satisfaction are our primary goals. We will not sacrifice quality for quantity! We adjust our teaching methods to every student’s sailing needs, and that’s the key to our success. Instead of producing certificate holders; we help to create skilled sailors!

We are a true sailing school!

Our three-day courses are ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing and ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising. We offer them May 1 – October 15, either Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday or Friday-Saturday-Sunday, at our Connelly, NY location. Overnight stays are available – contact us for more info. If your schedule does not permit a three-day block, we’ll try to fit these courses into your schedule. ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising is a four day/3 night live-aboard sailing trip. Other courses can be arranged on an individual basis according to student preferences. Please, check our website page Courses for more info and options.

At Griffin Sailing School, we’re happy to customize any of our services to fit the sailing preferences of individuals or groups. Let us know your needs, and we’ll make it happen. Sailing life occasionally is stormy; we can help you prepare for any number of situations; good, bad, or ugly. We’ve been there; we’ve done that, and we’ve learned it all to share with you.

Light rain or showers will not stop us from sailing, so be prepared for rainy conditions, and have spare clothing and storm gear ready.

Whatever you choose, you will have a great time, and you will be getting the best help available. Start your sailing adventure at our New York classroom and sail Hudson River; you’ll be in good hands and on the way to becoming a competent sailor!

American Sailing Certifications Offered

ASA 101, Keelboat Sailing 1
ASA 101, Keelboat Sailing 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 102, Keelboat Sailing 2
ASA 102, Keelboat Sailing 2
Learn to skipper and crew aboard a sloop-rigged keelboat of approximately 20 to 30 feet in length by day in winds up to 20 knots. Depart, sail, and return with control demonstrating teamwork.
ASA 103, Coastal Cruising
ASA 103, 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 118, Docking Endorsement
ASA 118, Docking Endorsement
The successful sailor will have the knowledge and skills to safely and competently dock and maneuver a sailboat under auxiliary power in a variety of conditions. Includes knowledge of steering and propulsion theory, wind and current, single and double-rudder monohulls, catamarans, safety precautions, knots and line handling, fixed and floating docks.

Other Services Available

  • Women Only Courses
  • Couples Courses
  • Private Courses
  • Weekday Courses
  • Weekend Courses
  • Corporate Team Building Courses
  • ASA 'Challenges'
  • Day Sail Charters (member-only)
  • Vacation Charters
  • Sunset Cruises
  • 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. Griffin Sailing School is offering a minimum of $50.00 or 10% off their ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course.

Contact Information

Griffin Sailing School

Address Rondout Yacht Basin102 1st Street ConnellyNY12417United States
Phone (845) 688-2000
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