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ASA-101 Basic Keelboat
ASA-103 Basic Coastal Cruising
ASA-104 Bareboat Charter- Monohull
ASA-104/114 Bareboat Charter/Cruising Cat
ASA-105 Coastal Navigation
ASA-106 Advanced Coastal Cruising
Private Lessons and Boat Rentals

2015-2016 Course Summary
ASA-101 Basic Keelboat Sailing Certification

May 30-31
June 6-7, 13-14, 20-21
July 2-3, 11-12, 18-19
August 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 29-30
September 5-6, 12-13, 19-20
ASA-103 Basic Coastal Cruising Certification
June 27-28
July 25-26
August 22-23
September 19-20
ASA-104 Bareboat Cruising Certification (Mono Hull)
May 30-31
June 27-28
July 25-26
August 29-30
September 12-13
ASA-101/103 Combined Certification
June 19-21
July 17-19
August 14-16
September 12-14
ASA-104/114 Cruising Catamaran Certification
February 14, 15 & 16
March 7, 8 & 9
March 28, 29 & 30
June 22, 23 & 24
July 27, 28 & 29
August 24, 25 & 26

Septembert 21, 22 & 23
November 16, 17 & 18
December 12, 13 & 14

January 9, 10 & 11, 2016
January23, 24 & 25, 2016
February 13, 14 & 15, 2016
February 27, 28 & 29, 2016
March 12, 13 & 14, 2016

Contact us for details and additional schedule dates
ASA-106 Advanced Coastal Cruising Certification
Offered on same schedule at 104 above
Contact us for details and schedule dates

2015 NJ Updates

For 2015 we are taking our game up another notch.

With the return of a better economy and the devastation from Hurricane Sandy behind us, we are opening a new location in a newly renovated school facility from late May thru September. Our new school location will be at: Baker's Marina on the Bay, Highlands, NJ,  just before the Highlands Bridge on Hwy 35.

Our Bristol 35 "ForeWind" and our Seaward 22 "Augusta" will be at "Marina on the Bay" (1 Marina Bay Court, Highlands, NJ 07732) less than a mile away. (The Shrewsbury River flows a little too quick for the smaller boat- it would take too long to access Sandy Hook Bay from Sea Bright in a foul tide.
We are pleased to have a new homes for our school and for ForeWind and Augusta. 

We will be teaching regularly scheduled ASA 101 Basic Keelboat courses on Augusta and ASA-103 & 104 Basic Coastal Cruising & Bareboat Charter Certification for monohull sailors on ForeWind. Of course, our catamarans are there for those multihull lovers for ASA-103, 104 and 114.

We will not be conducting delivery courses for our trip north to NJ from Florida spring of 2015.  If you desire intermediate and advanced instruction on a large cat (or just need an adventure) contact us to see what can be arranged to meet your needs.

Our 2015 spring & summer schedule is posted.

2015 FL Updates

For 2015 we are still sailing from our multiple locations in and around the Bradenton and Sarasota area along the Florida Suncoast. Had enough winter? Maybe you need to polish some skills for a spring Bareboat charter? Want to be ready to hit the water running in spring?
Well we have the boats, locations and the staff to sort that all out with you IN THE SUNSHINE!!!
Cheap airfare, inexpensive accomodations and awesome sailing await right here at home in the good 'ole USA. Come on down and get some sailing time under your belt this winter!
We offer ASA-101, 103, 104, 114 on cats and monos on a very flexible PRN (as needed) basis. Give us a call and we'll get a course planned for you.

Tracey School- ASA Instruction year round, monohulls, catamarans, beginner to advanced. 201-738-9112

Multihull Specialists
We speak Multihull
We love Multihulls
We teach Multihull

Join the Crew of Tracey School
We need an ASA-101 Instructor this summer. Mostly Weekends... part time... decent pay.
No one gets rich teaching sailing- but everyone gets rewarded! If you have a love for sailing and sharing then this is a good match. Help others get started sailing and share in their joy.
Call Capt. Tracey at 732-546-4103 to discuss.

 Meet the Crew

Captain Frank has been sailing since 1983, when he had the notion that sailing might be fun. Never having sailed before in his life, he read a book or two on the subject and purchased his first sailboat, a new O’Day 225. That personal experience is what prompted him twenty years later to become an ASA instructor.  “I learned the hard way...through trial and error and that could be dangerous!” says Frank. He started sailing professionally in 2003 after attaining his Captain’s license and starting Charter Sails, a sailing charter company. Frank loves the thrill of sailing and the whole idea of you, the boat and mother nature working together. He wanted to share that thrill with others so he became an ASA Basic Keelboat Instructor in 2005 and started working for the Tracey School.  He soon became qualified in Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Charting, Coastal Navigation, Advanced Coastal Cruising and Cruising Catamaran. “Now,” says Frank, “I get the privilege of sharing that experience with others and instructing them to be capable, safe and confident sailors.

Captain Tracey
 is a USCG licensed Master Mariner and certified ASA instructor for all courses taught at the Tracey School. He also happens to be the namesake for our little sailing fun-house.
"I've been sailing longer than I care to remember." is his standard response when asked, but almost three decades spent on the water are an asset in our business. 
"Experience is the best teacher- has been the Tracey School modus-operandi since day one. Learn by doing. In conjunction with a proven structured curriculum, good instructors and equipment mixed in with some fun, sailing can be easy, safe and entertaining. As it should be! I think we get it right most of the time and are fortunate to have such a competent staff."

Along with owning and overseeing the Tracey School, the captain also operates the Kathleen D and Kay Dee Sailing Catamarans (Nj & FL) and the Anna Maria Island Shuttle Service in Florida. He and his wife Kathleen, along with two cats, live in both states as they chase the "Endless Summer" sailing seasons up and down the east coast of America.



 NJ- Highlands / FL- Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Sarasota 

We will not be running the Florida to New Jersey Passage Classes this May

call for details on other Passage Classes

ASA 104/106/114 Class Schedule Updated

April 101 & 103 Classes on demand

ASA 105 Class Available - Call for details

2015 Class Dates Posted (see class page for details) 

Your Sailing Resume Starts and Grows Here
Tracey School Teaches Safety, Confidence and Fun

Personalized Sailing Lessons
Small Class Size
The Finest Boats
The Best People
Excellent U.S. Based Locations

Learn how to Sail by going Sailing!

American Sailing Association
Keelboats and Cruising Catamarans
From the basics to advanced cruising-Tracey School teaches you how to safely enjoy the sport of sailing using the American Sailing Association Instructional Program
The worldwide recognized authority in
 Sailing Certification.

Tracey School For Sailing Instruction

 Tracey School Sailing Centers

New Jersey:
School Office & vessel ForeWind:
Sea Bright Marina
280 Ocean Ave.
Sea Bright, NJ 07760
Vessels Kathleen D & Augusta:

Marina on the Bay
1 Marina Bay Ct.
Highlands, NJ 07732

Marina Jack
2 Marina Plaza E-dock
Sarasota, FL 34236

Mono-hull Vessels
Maissail Marina
Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island FL 34217


"The Boss"- Master Captain George Roth

Master Captain George has been on the water most of his life, having learned to sail single-handed (Lightning and Blue Jay class vessels) before he was 10, raced hydroplanes, worked as a commercial fisherman, crewman and bayman on Long Island.  He has over 50 years experience as an owner and/or operator of sail and motor powered vessels up to 46 feet with over 28,000 underway hours logged, more than 30% seaward of the COLREGS demarcation line. He gained his sea legs at an early age from my great grandfather, John Ebenezer Allen, former Sandy Hook Pilot, Captain of the Staten Island Ferry and Officer and Captain of merchant ships, having held an unlimited ocean master's license.  George's cruising experience includes NY/NJ thru Massachusetts, the east coast Intra Coastal Waterway, the Bahamas and the US and British Virgin Islands.


He holds degrees in Marine Science, Biology and Behavior and worked for near a decade as a Marine Scientist studying the impact of Hudson River Power Plants on the fisheries populations of the Hudson, Lower New York Bay and nearby Estuaries.  During that period, he lead field efforts to study population densities and distribution of Hudson and Chesapeake Striped Bass, from Maine through North Carolina.  He also studied Operations Management (MBA) at LIU an extensive career in Senior Managment for Texas Instruments, Harris Corporation, Digital Switch (Alcatel), and AIG before starting a Management Consulting firm, which he ran for over 25 years.


He served in the U.S. Coast Guard for four years active, two years reserve duty and is a current member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.


He is certified to teach by the American Sailing Association, the Recreational Power Boat Association and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. 

 Sail America!
Basic to Advanced Sailing Courses
Monohulls & Multihulls
Live Aboard Courses
Florida & New Jersey

Tracey School for Sailing Instruction - ASA Certified Instruction
Tracey School can deliver Year round Sailing Instruction in New York Metro and Sarasota/Tampa Bay, FL!
ASA-101 / 103 / 104 / 105 / 107 / 108 / 114 / 117 / 118

From Basic Sailing to Coastal & Celestial Navigation, Advanced Coastal Sailing & Multiple day Passage Courses- Monohull and Multihull Sailboats, even Powerboat Handling!
Now we are in two great locations- with the best personnel and equipment. 

Tracey School 
 provides quality ASA instruction year round in southwest Florida and the Jersey Shore in sight of Manhattan!

Our locations along the Sun Coast bordering the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay are prime sailing country! The warm clean waters of the Gulf, Tampa Bay, and the Manatee river are pretty and friendly with countless destinations to explore. Abundant wildlife, picturesque anchorages, numerous urban ports to visit- Tampa Bay, Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Clearwater and on and on. It is sailing heaven! 
Come learn to sail along Floridas beautiful Sun Coast. Whatever time of the year you choose to go, Tracey School will be there.

In the spring, summer and early autumn we also operate from Sandy Hook/Highlands, NJ- where the real Jersey Shore begins (unlike the TV version). Just 15 miles to the southwest of Manhattan the sailing is exceptional in these waters. From breathtaking views to countless anchorages, the most exciting passages to be found in America- through the heart of New York and the gateway to the world famous Northeast US sailing destinations. Oceans, bays, sounds, rivers remote anchorages and pulsing urban environments. You want it, this area has it- May thru September.

Finally- if you want to really learn how to cruise- take our Coastal Passage Courses We occasionally offer multiple day live aboard courses along the Atlantic Seaboard, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic and Gulf Intracoastal Waterways (based on demand). These courses teach you how to negotiate the complexities of the ocean and ICW routes and the all important weather!. Learn where and how to make the most traveled passage in sailing!

Thanks to Dave Snyder for the terrific videos shot during our Passage Courses!
Scroll down for a Florida West Coast video shot last spring.

Tracey School  has started a Facebook Group to facilitate sharing sailing experiences.
We are just getting started with it so stop by, join and add some content.



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