Upcoming Events 
  • Monday, July 4: KBC Fourth of July party
  • Wednesday, July 13, 20, 27: AYC Wednesday Night Races on the Caraluna 245 by Tartan (KBC)
  • July 18-19: ASA 114 - Sold Out
  • July 30-31: ASA 114 - Sold Out
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Ahoy sailor!

Happy July! Summer is officially in full swing in Annapolis, and we're so happy to see both adults and children coming by the Sailing School daily for classes. We've got a full schedule ahead of us and we can't wait to keep sharing the love of sailing with everyone!

This month, we're excited to be teaching our ASA 114 catamaran classes! This unique course offers the advanced sailor a new challenge: navigating a 46-foot catamaran through the Chesapeake Bay and learning all the ins and outs of multihull cruising. Both July classes sold out quickly, but more dates are being planned for the fall, so please call the office if you are interested and want to be on the list to receive early notification. More details can be found on our website here.

Ready to get out on the water? Come rent with us or check out our open course offerings. 

Questions? Bookings? Give us a call.

See you on the water!

Fair winds,

Annapolis Sailing School
(410) 267-7205

What's Happening at Annapolis Sailing School

We might be biased, but summertime looks good on Annapolis Sailing School! All of our boats are in the water being sailed every day, and we love it.
Our KBC members are having a blast sailing in Monday Night Races! With sunset around 8:30pm, sailors get more time on the water making memories.
KBC members love racing the Caraluna 245s on Wednesday nights! Sailors are learning about the boat and how to set the kite for the perfect downwind leg.
KidShip is in full swing! Our youth instructors give kids the skills and confidence to capably sail a variety of dinghies. Photo by Jack Irvin.
Wednesday Night Races!
After the arrival of our sleek and sporty Carolina 245s by Tartan in June, our KeelBoat Club members were excited to get out on the water and race! Our boats have been sailing in the Annapolis Yacht Club's Wednesday Night Race series, with our members learning advanced sailing and racing tactics under the watchful eyes of KBC director Ian Morrison and ASA 101 instructor Art Holt.

"The Caraluna 245s are proving to be lots of fun. The KBC members are learning a ton about spinnakers, racing in a mixed fleet, surfing and even a few broaches," Ian said. "Even if it has proven to be a lot of information, every member has had a great time. The gap is narrowing a bit each week as our crew work gets better and we learn how to tune the boat. There is no tuning guide fo the boats as they're brand new, so it's been trial and error, but we're getting faster!"
Summer School is Here!

Summer School sounds a lot more fun once you realize it's the name of our new Jeanneau 41! Our beautiful new cruising boat finally made it up to Annapolis from the British Virgin Islands, and our students and instructors are loving her. According to ASA 104 instructor Pat Aaron, the boat handles really well for students, even in the choppy, gusty conditions we saw a few weeks ago.

Still need to take ASA 104? We have a few slots left for courses in the fall! Check out the course description and availability

Crew Quarters
Learn about cool local places, events and more from our staff.
July 4th is a day of patriotic songs. Here in Annapolis, “Anchors Aweigh” is a popular song celebrating the Navy and the Naval Academy. But there is a another reason we like it at the Sailing School — the house at which it was composed. 138 Conduit Street was the home of the Charles Zimmerman, bandmaster at the USNA. Later it was the residence of John Wilson, famous for lettering 14 times in football, baseball, track and basketball at St. John’s College, for being a Washington Senator's baseball player, coaching the basketball team at Navy…and for being the great uncle of Jenny (Wilson) Nelson, co-owner of the Sailing School. The Zimmerman-Wilson House still proudly stands today.
— Rick Nelson, Owner/General Manager
Photo credit: Joshua McKerrow/The Capital

Insider Dining Tip: Looking for a great Sunday brunch in Annapolis this summer? Check out Julep Southern Kitchen and Bar, located at the Annapolis Town Centre. With delicious bakery items, a great selection of hearty main brunch dishes and mimosas, Julep comes highly recommended from Ricky, our Director of Adult Sailing!
Try Sailing Now!
Many of our TellTales readers have taken courses at the Sailing School in the past or are now members of our KeelBoat Club. However, for those who haven't gotten a chance to try their hand at the helm yet (or for sailors who have friends wanting to try!), we have the solution: a two-hour introductory TrySail — perfect for potential sailors, family outings, dates and more!

We're running TrySails on our Rainbow 24s all summer long at the Sailing School. Cruises are available Saturdays and Sundays at 10am and 2pm. $99 for one person, $165 for two. And if you decide you love sailing and are ready to commit to a multi-day course, the $99 can be applied toward the ASA 101 course fee! For more information and to book, call the Sailing School at 410-267-7205.
Contribution Corner: Annapolis Maritime Museum

Located just across the creek from the Sailing School, the Annapolis Maritime Museum educates children and adults about the rich maritime heritage of Annapolis and the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay through various community events and hands-on programming. 

On June 1, 20 students from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, the prestigious STEM public high school in Baltimore, were hosted by the Annapolis Maritime Museum and the Annapolis Sailing School. At the Museum’s historic McNasby’s Oyster shucking and canning building, AMM’s guides discussed the oyster’s importance in Maryland’s 19th century economy and the resulting oyster wars between Maryland and Virginia. The docents outlined the science behind the oyster, its cleansing power and the ecology of the Bay. The students then headed off to the Sailing School for lunch, a lecture on lift by KBC Director Ian Morrison, and onto the water to practice those physics on the Rainbow 24. It was the first time for many and enjoyed by all!

f you wish to support the educational efforts of the Annapolis Maritime Museum or the engineering and science clubs at Poly, contributions can be made at by clicking here for BPI.

Rigging Refresher
Let us guess: it's been a while since you rigged a Rainbow. Watch our rigging video for a refresher on rigging. And if you have an ASA 101 class coming up, the video is a great way to get ahead beforehand.
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