Basic Keelboat Sailing Class


This course is designed for those with little or no sailing experience who want to learn how to sail on larger more stable Keelboats. It can also serve as a refresher course for those who have not recently sailed. The 12 hour course covers boating safety, knots, rigging and sailing theory. On the water skills such as docking, man overboard recovery, and sail trim will be taught on the Holder 20 Keelboats. The skills learned in this class are similar to those learned in the Basic Sailing class. The main difference is that the keelboat (Holder 20) is a larger, more stable boat, able to hold more people and much less likely to capsize than the dinghies. There is no capsizing drill required for this class. Upon successful completion of this course graduates will be eligible to rent the Holder 20 and join the Sacramento State Aquatic Center Sailing Membership. This class follows the guidelines set by US Sailing.

sailboat on the water

The book used for this course if the Basic Keelboat book (IBSN: 978-1938915062). The book is included in the cost of the class. Picking up your book early is recommended but not required.

Course Details

Length: 12 Hours
Minimum Enrollment: 3
Maximum Enrollment: 6
Minimum Age Requirement: 15


Sac State Students: $140
Affiliates: $185
General Public: $195

What to Expect

  • You will get wet! Bring a towel
  • You should wear clothes that are comfortable and can get wet
  • Shoes should either be tennis shoes or sandals with a heel strap
  • The Front Office staff can hold your keys during class.
  • Any other personal belongings can be stored in our $0.50 one-time use locker

2022 Basic Keelboat Sailing Class

Section Start Date End Date Days Time
KEEL01       Cancelled
KEEL02 Mar 28 Mar 31 Mon – Th 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
KEEL03 Apr 11 Apr 14 Mon – Th 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
KEEL04 Apr 25 Apr 28 Mon – Th 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
KEEL05 May 9 May 12 Mon – Th 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
KEEL06 Jun 13 Jun 16 Mon – Th 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
KEEL07 July 11 July 14 Mon – Th 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
KEEL08 July 23 July 31 Sat & Sun 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
KEEL09 Aug 15 Aug 18 Mon – Th 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
KEEL010 Sept 12 Sept 15 Mon – Th 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
KEEL011 Sept 24 Oct 2 Sat & Sun 12:00 PM & 3:00 PM

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