Narragansett Sailing School
Barrington, Rhode Island

We are a cruising oriented sailing school. We do not teach you to go fast, we embrace the tranquil aspects of sailing focusing on safety, boat handling, and keeping the drama out of boating.
Our 12 instructors all have extensive sailing experience, and most have cruised up and down the intracoastal waterway and beyond. Average age is 55 and over half are women.
Located in Narragansett Bay we have an ideal teaching area. We have tides and currents that can be felt, but not so much to be troublesome. Right outside our harbor are lighthouses, every kind of buoy, but almost no hazards, perfect for learning. Not to mention almost every morning the wind is light building up to 15 knots in the afternoon for teaching techniques in varying wind conditions.

Outside our normal ASA courses the most popular classes are women teaching women, docking, and Diesel engine/boat systems.
With seven lady instructors we teach all our courses both mixed gender and women only, including diesel! We have three different docking/close maneuvering courses including basic, advanced, and big boat.
Being a cruising oriented school we have diesel engine, boat mechanical systems, and boat electrical courses.

ASA Sailing Certification Courses 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 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.

Other Services Offered

  • Women Only Courses
  • Couples Courses
  • Private Courses
  • Weekday Courses
  • ASA 'Challenges'
  • Day Sail Charters (public)
  • Day Sail Charters (member-only)

Sailing School Reviews / Testimonials

  • My son and I have just recently completed Basic Sailing 101, Beginning Cruising 103, and Intermediate Cruising 104. We had an awesome experience in the classroom as well as on the water. All of our instructors were knowledgeable and well-connected.

    Paul Casello - ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising

  • After completing a 400nm circumnavigation of the DELMARVA peninsula and obtaining the ASA-106 certification from an excellent sailing school in Maryland, I knew something else was missing from my sailing toolkit.

    Antonio Chantre - ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising

  • Just wanted to let you know that Adrienne did a wonderful job with us on ASA 104 last weekend. her teaching style is very easy going, but she constantly shared her insights with us throughout the weekend. with a range of situation and weather "..."

    James Nicol - ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising

  • Had a fantastic time taking the Diesel Engine course this weekend. Removing all the various engine components by system, learning the system roles, then returning the parts to the various locations was a valuable exercise. "..."

    Andrea L - Narragansett Sailing School

Sailing School Flotillas

September 8th - 15th 2018 Starting from $1,995
ASA Flotilla
Let’s go to Martha’s Vineyard and the Cape Cod Islands! Captained by an ASA instructor who has sailed these waters for over 30 years. September is the BEST month to see these quaint New England villages. We will stay in the harbors of Cuttyhunk and Vineyard Haven, plus visit some of the historical towns in Rhode Island including Newport and Bristol. You can count on incredible seafood, lots of history, and fabulous winds for sailing.

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Narragansett Sailing School

Address 101 Narragansett AveBarringtonRI02806United States
Phone(401) 250-5496
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