KYC Sailing School

KYC Sailing School

Learn to Sail at Keyport Yacht Club! 

Whether you are new to sailing, need a refresher, or wish to expand your sailing skills, we have American Sailing Association (ASA) Certified Courses available that are perfect for you.

Although a recent addition to the ASA Sailing Affiliate Family, the Keyport Yacht Club (KYC) has promoted sailing and sailing instruction since its inception in 1908. Racing, cruising, adult learn to sail programs, and summer sailing camps for children have long been part of the on water activities enjoyed on one of New Jersey’s best sailing areas, the Raritan Bay. 

Raritan Bay and Keyport Harbor provide protected sailing areas for novices as well as open water challenges for advanced students. Learn to sail while taking in magnificent views of the Manhattan Skyline and soak in the beauty of our New Jersey sunsets. This area is ideally suited to learning the sport of sailing, from basic techniques to coastal cruising, navigation and chartering.


The Keyport Yacht Club Sailing School is conveniently located just off exit 117 of the Garden State Parkway.

KYC ASA certified instructors are experienced sailors who will teach you to sail confidently and safely while having fun learning a sport that you can enjoy for a lifetime.

At KYC Sailing School, as an ASA certified facility, you can experience the class and boat style to make you comfortable with sailing on the level you desire. For those who may want to start from the beginning, as so many young sailors have, or would like to become involved with racing sailboats, we offer sessions aboard a tiller boat with an outboard, a J24.


For those who want to get into a cruising boat faster, you can experience a boat 30’ or larger with wheel steering and inboard diesel engine. This option provides a very stable platform for those seeking a certain level of comfort.

We offer choices that not only will teach you how to sail but give boat options that suit your future plans. 



Our small group classes are taught on weekends and include classroom instruction and on the water participation. The average day involves around five hours of hands on sailing

The best way of learning about anything is by doing

-  Richard Branson


2019 COURSE SCHEDULES will be available here by March 1

Keyport Yacht Club Sailing School offers the following
ASA Certification Courses  
        ASA 101 - Basic Keelboat Sailing 

  Learn to skipper a 20' - 27' sloop-rigged keelboat by day, in 

  light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic 

  sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, 

  basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and   

  safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions

  and hazards. 


ASA 103 - Basic Coastal Cruising 

  Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered 25'-35' 

  keelboat by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. 

  Learn cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, 

  auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, 

  intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal 

  navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and Seamanship. 


ASA 104 - Bareboat Cruising 

  Learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30'-45'

  sailboat during a multi-day cruise upon inland/coastal

  waters in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn

  about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines,

  advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring /

  mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and



ASA 105 - Coastal Navigation 


  Learn navigational theory and practices for safe navigation

  of a sailing vessel in coastal and inland waters. 


If interested in Adult Sailing classes at this time and need immediate information please email