ASI Class Descriptions

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American Sailing Institute Sailing Courses are designed to provide an enjoyable, safe, hands-on educational environment where students learn seamanship and boating safety and develop nautical skills and self confidence on the water. Learning to sail involves learning to handle boats and sails, docking, maintenance, and navigation. Check Course Descriptions below for details on American Sailing Institute’s Sailing Class Descriptions.

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ASI offers 4 levels of sailing course instruction as well as an Advanced Level 1 Class. All members begin by taking our Introductory Level 1 Class. We’ll teach you to sail “The ASI Way”! All members learn safe and consistent boat handling and share common language and expectations. And since we pass on these skills to the next group of students we all operate from the same knowledge base. American Sailing Institute is a Southeast Michigan Sailing School.

ASI provides mentors and instructors for students taking Practice Sails. Currently we offer organized practice sails 3 days a week. When you become a student be sure to sign up for the practice sail e-mail.

Here’s a sample Day-one Sailing Class Topics

First Shore School (3 hours)
Topic Reading
1. The ASI sailing program description ASI Member Handbook
2. The boat: Interlake 18’ Handouts
3. The sails Pg. 18
4. The wind Pg. 20-23
5. Steering Pg. 36-38
6. Basic sail trim Pg. 47
7. Basic boat balance and trim Pg. 39
8. Points of sail Pg. 43-46
9. Coming about Pg. 48-53
10. Jibing Pg. 56-69
11. Marlinespike Pg. 94-46 and handouts

We’re here to answer your questions Contact Us or call Traci at 248-393-4280
Water classes are held at our Kensington Metropark Location on Kent Lake in Milford, Michigan and Stony Creek Lake at Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Township, Michigan.

Manitou in North Channel

Manitou  30' Catalina sailboat in North Channel

30' Catalina sailboat in North Channel as night falls over Sturgeon Cove

Level One Interlakes

Level One Interlakes

Spinakers up at Kent Cup Race.
After you become a L1 sailor you can join the Racing Team for free that first year.

Voyager in the North Channel

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