Interview with SailTime

At this year’s United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis you can experience the joy of sailing with our hands-on First Sail Workshops designed for beginning sailors.

ASA has partnered with Beneteau America and Sailtime to host First Sail Workshops where participants can learn the basics of sailing in a 45 minute classroom session immediately followed by 90 minutes on the water sailing on a new Beneteau ASA First 22.

Find out more from Kristen at SailTime in our short interview…

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Annapolis Boat Show LIVE

Live from the Annapolis Boat Show

The American Sailing Association will be big-and-bold and live-and-direct at this year’s Annapolis Boat Show.

Not only will ASA be hosting its First Sail Workshops in association with Beneteau America and SailTime, a hands-on sail training workshop designed for beginning sailors, ASA will also be hosting its premier luncheon at the Annapolis Naval Academy for the first time. Stop by and see us at the American Sailing Booth, D63.

This is the 45th year of the Annapolis Boat Show – it is both the largest and oldest in the water sailboat show in the USA. Vendors and visitors come from all over the world to take part in this event that boasts an unsurpassed reputation for offering the most comprehensive boating exhibitions in the industry.

ASA will also be bringing the boat show to all the folks who can’t make the journey by broadcasting live throughout the event. Look forward to interviews with manufacturers, product spotlights, event reports, and lots and lots of sailboats. ASA will be LIVE from the Annapolis Boat Show October 8th – 11th watch us on Facebook and

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What’s in a Rig? The Gaff Rig

What’s in a Rig Series #6 – Gaff Rig

What’s a gaff rig? Well, first… what’s a gaff? A gaff is a spar, or a strong pole. A gaff rig employs a spar on the top of the sail and typically other sails can be set in conjunction with that mainsail with the gaff. Often, on the smaller, non tall ship, gaff rigs, there will be a small triangular sail that fits between the main and the mast like a puzzle piece – this is the topsail.

The gaff rig was the standard manner of rigging a sailboat a century ago and before. The thinking at that time had to do primarily with the ability to manage sail area. The sails weren’t made of the lightweight synthetics of today and there was solid logic involved in dividing the sail plan into pieces for the purposes of balancing and reefing in strong winds. Like today, sailors wanted horsepower via sail area and fractioned rigs allowed skippers to also manage it more easily.

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SailTime Group signs deal with Boatbound


SailTime announced an industry-first partnership with the nation’s fastest growing peer-to-peer boat rental marketplace, Boatbound. This partnership aims to provide a hassle free sailing experience to new boaters. The SailTime fleet of boats will be available for captained charters for a half, or a full, day of sailing. If you’re already a sailor this presents an easy, and affordable way for you to share your passion for sailing with your friends and family.

The full press release is below…

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