You’ve passed the basic sailing class.
You’ve sailed before and want to get back on the water with others.
You want to learn more.
SEAS members are all the above. Every week members enjoy practice opportunities on board boats like our sunfish and phantoms and our 24’ Dufour keelboat.
The Keelboat program is a hands-on way to grow into larger sailboats. Our “Excalibur” is an older, lovingly maintained boat with just the basics. No fancy automation. You will learn the fundamentals. You will learn rigging. You will learn to use things you have previously only read about. You will learn why and how to operate a larger boat and you will practice each system because you will be the crew under guidance of an approved skipper.
Crew duties include running the helm, raising and lowering the sails, assisting with anchoring, docking and responsibility for putting away your boat at the dock.
Ways to participate in the Keelboat program:
Keelboat Members are entitled to all the Practice Sails they can schedule. Each take place on the 24’ Excalibur, Dufour sloop. Space permitting, members can bring guests for a ride-along on weekly practice sails*.
Formal training for keelboat members include a “Meet the Boat” session which is a one-time requirement, and is included for new members. Also, keelboat members have an option to take “Mini-courses”. Each course costs a separate $25.
Returning keelboat members receive their choice of mini-course.
Prerequisites: to membership:
Pass SEAS Basic sailing class or equivalent experience
SEAS Annual membership from any National chapter
Additional $199 Annual Keelboat membership fee
A “family” of two or more regular SEAS members join for $299 combined total
* Waivers required by guests who are limited to a single ride-along outing.
Guest participants are asked to consider a donation to the keelboat program to help offset costs.
To enroll, at checkout choose Keelboat Membership or Keelboat Membership Family
"Basic Keelboat” Sailing Course
The $269 Keelboat Basic sailing is an alternate Basic Sailing course. Just like Basic Sailing, the Keelboat course includes one season associate membership in SEAS Westchester Sailing Club
Provides training for crew, (crewing on a larger boat). Good for beginning sailors, or those looking for a refresher with formal terms and sailing fundamentals including:
Points of sail
Rigging and terminology
Tacking, jibing, man-overboard safety
Docking, mooring, anchoring
Limited to four students per water session
Four classroom sessions with regular students taking Basic Sailing program
Written test and swim test required
Choose any Basic Sailing calendar classroom dates
One full day water session on boat provides hands-on experience
Two Practice Sails on the 24’ Excalibur, Dufour sloop included
US Sailing Basic Keelboat: The National Standard for Quality Sailing Instructions book included
During Practice Sails, meet and sail with other keelboat members
To enroll, at checkout choose desired Keelboat course