Bluenose Sailing School
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
(401) 855-0416 |

Explore the beautiful waters of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay and beyond while learning to sail along the way!

Bluenose Sailing School is a premier sailing school focused on teaching essential sailing skills, building confidence, and fostering a lifelong love of sailing. We are committed to providing the highest standards of curriculum, safety, and positive learning experiences. We use well-maintained, late-model boats, and exceptionally well-qualified and personable ASA-certified instructors.

Bluenose Sailing School is part of Bluenose Yachts, one of the largest dealers of new and used quality yachts in New England, representing leading brands such as Jeanneau, CNB, Saffier Yachts, and EXCESS Catamarans. Our goal is to provide our customers with the skills and confidence to get the most out of their boats and fulfill their sailing dreams and ambitions. Whether you are looking to enjoy an afternoon sail across the bay or venture to distant horizons, we have the boat and training to get you there safely, confidently, and while having fun along the way.

The Bluenose Sailing School offers a wide range of courses from “Introduction to Sailing” to advanced coastal and offshore cruising and racing. Our fleet includes a late model Jeanneau 379, a new Sun Fast 3300, and a Bluenose 24 daysailer. Our location at New England Safe Harbor Marina in Portsmouth, RI is centrally located in Narragansett Bay and offers protected waters and many easy-to-reach destinations, including historic Newport and Bristol.

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.

Other Services Available

  • Women Only Courses
  • Couples Courses
  • Private Courses
  • Weekday Courses
  • Weekend Courses
  • Corporate Team Building Courses
  • Day Sail Charters (public)
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Sail Trim 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. Bluenose Sailing School is offering a minimum of $50.00 or 10% off their ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course.

Contact Information

Bluenose Sailing School

Address 39 Alexander RoadPortsmouthRI02871USA
Phone (401) 855-0416

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