In 2009 we finally got around to taking our first sailing class. After years of talking about sailing for our retirement and reading about other couples living the dream we signed up for ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing. We were still living near Fort Lewis, WA so did a search of the local sail boat instructors. We decided to go with Puget Sound Sailing Institute. After signing up we received an ASA 101 course book and DVD of instruction in the mail featuring the owner, Mike Rice, to review before our class. It helped to ensure that we weren’t completely ignorant of basic sail terminology. The day of our first on the water class was great. Lisa really enjoyed being at the helm and seemed to have a natural affinity for finding the wind. Our instructor Sandy was very laid back and was always happy to be out on the water teaching new students how to sail for the first time. If you have never been on a sailboat before, ASA 101 covers most of what you need so you don't destroy your boat or someone else's while you’re out on the water. We went over everything from basic knots, using an outboard motor, and docking to raising and reefing the sails. The course spanned five days of on the water instruction followed by the ASA 101 written examination. We were in the class with 2 other students on a Martin 242. It was nice to be in a small class with fellow students that were all trying to learn something new.
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