The Annapolis Naval Sailing Association was formed in 1968 as a chapter of the United States Naval Sailing Association. ANSA is a volunteer non profit sailing association dedicated to safe and affordable recreational sailing for our members on the Chesapeake Bay and to promoting the sailing heritage of the Bay. Our membership is open to anyone with an interest in learning to sail, instructing, or just cruising on the Bay with us for fun. We base club operations out of marinas local to Annapolis, Maryland.
We offer American Sailing Association (ASA) certifications for 101, 103, 104, 105, 114, and 118 to help learn to cruise on the Chesapeake Bay. We also offer private classes, overnight classes, on the water navigation, and opportunities to join local races and club sails.
FROM THE COMMODORE
In 2023, ANSA provided a full schedule of opportunities for our members to sail on the West River and Chesapeake Bay and take classes to get their ASA certifications.. We certified 89 sailors and 17 navigators and added 5 new instructors and 6 skippers. We increased our club sails by 50% (60 club sails in 2023 compared to 40 in 2022) to give our students more time on the water to practice their sailing skills.
Our boats had an exciting year as well. Bay Flyer, a 1986 Hunter 31, was raced in 28 races out of the Pirates Cove Racing Club on the West River and Martha Jean, a 1980 O’Day 30, was generously donated to the club by Mr. Bob Barnes. Martha Jean was sailed down from the Magothy River in October 2023 to join us at Hartge's Yacht Harbor on the West River.
To keep our members on the water as many days as possible, our Fleet Captain oversees the boat maintenance program. With the able assistance of the Boat Captains (one for each vessel) and a team of volunteers, both boats are lovingly maintained, repaired and updated as needed to keep everything ship-shape. In addition to providing opportunities to learn about engine maintenance, boat systems and safety equipment, doing some of our own maintenance reduces our costs and allows us to run a lean operation.
Here’s to a busy and exciting 2024 and we hope to see you on the Bay!!
Eli McGuigan, Commodore