Upcoming Events
  • Saturday, Jan. 7 @ 10am: Knots Class with Jonah (SOLD OUT)
  • Saturday, Jan. 7 @ 1pm: Racing Tactics Discussion (SOLD OUT)
  • Saturday, Jan. 21 @ 11am: Weather Seminar with NBC4 Washington and WTOP meteorologist Ryan Miller (space available!)
  • Jan 21-22 & 28-29: ASA 105 Navigation Course (SOLD OUT)
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Want live updates on weather and wind conditions at Annapolis Sailing School? Check out our weather station on Weather Underground by clicking here.

Joke of the Day
What are a sailor's two favorite New Year's resolutions?
Getting into ship shape and seas-ing the day!

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Looking to sail more often, boost your skills, and join a fun social sailing community? Learn more about our KeelBoat Club here.

Ahoy sailor!

Happy New Year! We hope all of our sailors and their families had a wonderful holiday season. We're entering our 64th year of teaching sailing the #AnnapolisWay, and we can't wait to see all of the fun that the 2023 season holds.

Although we won't start sailing the Rainbows until April, our staff and instructors are planning plenty of fun winter seminars for you to keep learning and come into the 2023 season ready to sail. This month, we have three seminars scheduled: a knot tying class, a racing tactics discussion and a weather and forecasting class. If you're a beginner looking to advance your skills or a more seasoned sailor looking to try racing, our seminars are perfect to give you that extra edge, along with an opportunity to connect with our close-knit sailing community in the colder months.

We'd also like to remind our sailors that now is a great time to book your spot in our ASA courses or enroll your child in our KidShip program. Locking in your spot early means extra time to read your course textbooks too!

Questions? Bookings? Give us a call.

Fair winds,

Annapolis Sailing School
(410) 267-7205

What's Happening at Annapolis Sailing School

Our Caraluna 245 by Tartan, expertly decorated by our KeelBoat Club members, absolutely shone in the Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade!
Who knew Buddy the Elf was a sailor? Our merry band of KBC members loved getting to parade our boat through the Annapolis Harbor last month.
While there aren't any boats on the water now, our spectacular views are year round. Check out the view of the Annapolis New Year's Day fireworks!
New merch alert! Check out "The Will" straw hat — a great new way to rep the Sailing School out and about. We love the chart design under the brim. Check out our store here. Note: not for navigational purposes. 
Winter Skills Seminars
Do you miss sailing? We do too. That's why we crafted a series of winter seminars to keep our social sailing community active and ready for the season ahead of us!

This January, the Sailing School will be hosting three winter seminars: a knot tying class, a racing tactics discussion and a weather and forecasting class.

The knot class, taught by ASA 101 instructor Jonah Lane, will review the most commonly used knots and cover different ways to tie them before progressing to more intermediate and advanced knots like 
a bowline on a bight, anchor hitch and halyard hitch, double fisherman's bend, flying bowline, trucker's hitch and more! Jonah will also cover fun show knots like the monkey's fist and flying cleat hitch. 

The racing discussion, hosted by two of our KeelBoat Club members, will cover the basics of Monday Night Racing at the Sailing School, including course layout, starting strategies, sail trim, tactics and more.

And for the third year in a row, NBC4 Washington and WTOP meteorologist Ryan Miller will be back to teach an in-person class on weather and forecasting to our sailors on Saturday, January 21 at 11 a.m.

While knot tying and racing tactics are sold out, space is AVAILABLE in our weather seminar. Seminars are free for KBC members and $25 for non-members.

To book your spot in the weather seminar, click
New Year's Resolutions
It's the start of 2023: a new year and new sailing season. It's also the perfect time to reflect on the past year and aim for goals moving forward, and we're here to help you reach your potential as a sailor.

What are you hoping to accomplish this year?

Click below to tell us.
What's your 2023 sailing goal?
Underwater Discoveries
One of the coolest developments in 2022 marine research was the discovery of Ernest Shackleton's Endurance, a three-masted, 144-foot ship that sailed with a mission to reach the South Pole through exploring the then-unmapped terrain of the East Antarctic in 1914. The ship became trapped in the pack ice, floating along for 10 months before eventually sinking in late 1915. All crew members were safely rescued.

In February 2022, a team armed with modern technology set out to find the shipwreck and found it within two weeks. While icy cold doomed the wooden ship above the sea, below frigid temperatures led to spectacular preservation. It was found within 4 miles of its last known position — a lesson to all our ASA 105 Navigation class students of the value of accurate readings!

To read the full story, click

Photo credit: Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust and National Geographic
Dreaming of Sailing Around the World?
Ever dreamed of sailing your own boat around the world with your family? It's a lot trickier than you might think. Developing the sharp skills to be able to do so smoothly starts with learning the basics and grinding your way through the ranks with ASA 101, 103 104 and 114 — all of which are offered at the Sailing School! From there, practice — tons and tons of practice.

If your mind would rather be somewhere warm, sunny and tropical, check out this
Yachting World story on Nick Bubb, an ocean racer turned catamaran cruiser, and read about his adventures and trials sailing 15,000 miles with his family on a 40-foot catamaran.

Photo credit: Yachting World/Nick Bubb
Crew Quarters
Learn about cool local places, events and more from our staff.

If you're a local history buff like Sailing School owner Rick Nelson, you'll definitely love the Museum of Historic Annapolis! The museum's new exhibition — Annapolis: An American Story — is now open at 99 Main Street in downtown Annapolis. You'll learn about the city's dramatic history and stories of the people who turned Annapolis into what it is today. The exhibit is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through March 31.

Photo credit: Capital Gazette

Contribution Corner: Oyster Recovery Partnership
The Oyster Recovery Partnership is the nonprofit expert in Chesapeake Bay oyster restoration. The nonprofit works to restore the Bay’s native oyster population through building sanctuary reefs, rebuilding public fishery reefs, supporting the oyster farming industry and outreach to the public through hands-on volunteering and events — all of which helps the health of the Bay! Since its creation in 1994, the Oyster Recovery Partnership has planted more than 10 billion oysters on 3,000 acres of reef, along with recycling over 260,000 bushels of shell. To learn more and to donate to supporting the health of our favorite body of water, click here
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