Black Rock Sailing School

Fair Winds and at Least Two Cup Holders!

Outstanding Instructor Spotlight

Paul SullivanBlack Rock Sailing School’s twenty-four-year-old ASA Sailing Instructor Paul Sullivan caught the sailing bug young, sailing his Sunfish around the small lake of his hometown. A self-described sailing addict, Sullivan lived for sailing.

As his skilled progressed he raced in high school and college but after countless bruises on his knees and shins, the young sailaholic started to appreciate boats with a bit more room and comfort.

“I had outgrown the Vanguard 420 and all the knee and shin bumping associated with it,” Sullivan says. “I left the world of roll tacks and team racing to enjoy the good life, establishing my new mantra; I will only sail a boat with at least two cup-holders.”

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Outstanding Instructor - Matthew Holt

Living the Dream!

Outstanding Instructor Spotlight

There are a lucky few people in this world who get to live their life just as they had hoped – ASA sailing instructor at Sunsail BVI, Matthew Holt, or Big Red as he is also known, is one of these people.

Matthew teaches sailing in one of the most beautiful places in the world, the British Virgin Islands and fully understands and appreciates how fortunate a person he is. BVI, consisting of four main islands and over 50 smaller islands, is truly an incredible cruising ground for sailors who seek out the idyllic.

“I consider myself very lucky to call the British Virgin Islands home. As a boy, I dreamed of getting paid to take people sailing,” Holt says. “Now I do.”

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On-Board Sailing Workshop Partnership

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SailTime North America , Beneteau America, The American Sailing Association partner together to introduce new Sailors to the Beneteau ASA First 22 at the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show.

April 3, 2015 (Annapolis, MD) – SailTime Group LLC, the world’s largest boat membership company, announced a partnership with Beneteau America, and the American Sailing Association to conduct an On-Board Sailing Workshop at the 2015 Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show April 24th through April 26th.

The registered students will get to participate in a 30 minute in-class basic briefing followed by a 90 minute on water intro to sailing lesson. This clinic has been developed by the American Sailing Association and is part of their Small Boat Workshop for New Sailor Series.

Designed for the beginning sailor, this clinic will be taught on the new ASA First 22, which is manufactured by Beneteau America in Marion, SC. The ASA First 22 is a result of collaboration between Beneteau America and the American Sailing Association and was specifically designed for teaching ASA courses.
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Graham Landy / Red Bull Youth America’s Cup

Interview with ‘College Sailor of the Year’ Graham Landy

College Sailor of the Year, Graham Landy began sailing mostly out of convenience; Norfolk Yacht and Country Club was nearby and had a reputable summer camp for children. However, his talent on the water quickly emerged and in relatively short order he began sailing an Optimist as a member of the US National Team. Landy soon moved on to the 420, winning the Youth Championship, Orange Bowl Regatta, and International 420 North Americans.

As a junior at Yale College he captured the coveted College Sailor of the Year title and has branched out into the larger racing community as well. Landy competed in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup 2013 as a tactician, finished third at the Youth Match Race Worlds this past summer and was part of the winning team at the Melges 32 Worlds.
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Strictly Sail Pacific

Join ASA at the Strictly Sail Pacific​ boatshow April 9-12, 2015 and sail on our new ASA First 22 by Beneteau​ as part of the Discover Sailing​ “New Boat Introductions” – a FREE 45 minute sail on the Bay with an experienced Skipper.

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The Discover Sailing Product Introductions
are all the way at the bottom of the ticket page

Be sure to come by our booth, #818, and say hello if you’re at the show!

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New Sailor Workshops @ Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show

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ASAs exciting new workshop is back, this time at the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show.

Taught by instructors from Sailtime this workshop is designed exclusively with new sailors in mind. It begins with a 30-minute interactive educational seminar where you will learn the very basics of sailing. You will then board the ASA First 22, the American Sailing Association’s new training sailboat, for an in-depth 90-minute sailing lesson. This New Sailor Workshop is designed to educate, excite and equip those with little to no sailing experience with the basic skills needed to begin sailing.

Course fee is $35 and includes admission to the boat show. With only four classes per day holding a maximum of four slots each, availability is extremely limited. Advance registration is highly recommended, so sign up today!

Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show
at the City Dock & Harbor Annapolis, Maryland April 24-26
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Bareboat Cruising Made Easy Reviews

In the fall of 2014 ASA released their new book Bareboat Cruising Made Easy. ASA’s much acclaimed new bareboat cruising manual is the ultimate reference book for anyone interested in the bareboat cruising lifestyle. The book is much more than just a textbook for ASA 104 students, however. Bareboat Cruising Made Easy is a one-stop cruising reference for all sailors, whether they have a few months or a few decades of sailing experience. It covers everything a sailor needs to know about skippering a boat in new waters, from what to wear to how to troubleshoot the bilge pump.

Bareboat Cruising Made Easy is only available through an ASA affiliated school or directly through the ASA online store.

This is what the sailing press has to say…

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Spring-Sailing

Get Ready For Spring Sailing

ASA has some great deals on some essential spring sailing gear that will help you get out on the water by keeping you dry and making sure you look like a pro!

Spring Sailing Splash JacketASA Splash Jacket
only $69.99 (regularly $100.00)
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Spring Sailing-Tote BagSpecialty Sail Cloth Tote Bag
only $74.00 (regularly $89.00)
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Spring Sailing-Computer BagComputer Bag with ASA logo
only $59.95 (regularly $74.90)
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Spring Sailing-GlovesASA Insignia Sailing Gloves
only $24.75 (regularly $30.95)
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Arabella ASA Member Event

The ASA member’s event aboard the spectacular Arabella in the British Virgin Island got off to a great start. 34 sailors from all over the country boarded the beautiful 165′ Arabella at village Cay in Roadtown Tortola. In the expert hands of Captain John Eginton and first mate Brad sailed to White bay in Jost Van Dyke. It is the home of mesmerizing turquoise waters, white sand beaches and the famous Soggy Dollar bar (credited with inventing the pain killer rum drink). After dinner aboard many went ashore in Great Harbor to experience the famous Foxy’s bar. More adventures to come as the week unfolds. See our gallery of pictures

On board the beautiful Arabella once again! For this Arabella passenger, it’s my 4th sail aboard this spectacular schooner, and again she does not disappoint. There’s nothing like pure sailing, the wind in your hair and the sun on your face and a great crew to bring it all together. The second day aboard began with a delightful selection of fresh-baked quiches, breads and fruit. Then we took advantage of some very nice winds for a 3-hour exhilerating sail to Guana Island and lunch on board. Then over to Marina Cay for snorkeling, beaching and exploring, or just relaxing. Snorkelers encountered a colorful variety of sea life, as well as s couple of barracudas, and were thrilled when a giant manta ray flew out of the water in front of them. Some of us ended the day watching the sun set over the crystal clear waters while dining al fresco at Scrub Island Resort, while others partied on into the night.
Julie Walker, San Diego
Nautical nonsense by the sparkling sea—it doesn’t get much better than this. Team Arabella made a good showing at Michael Beans’ Happy Arr last night. Bob and our group of jolly wenches (Kia, Amanda, Joleen, and Loise ) made a valiant effort at the conch blowing contest, though without the benefit of ship-board practice they were only able to muster a few squeaks and a bit of a hum. We sang along to “Harry Buffet” tunes ( a mix of Jimmie Buffet and Harry Belafonte) and waved our hands in the air, Parrotheads trying to resurrect a carefree past. And who knows? Maybe we succeeded, if only for a couple of hours. Amid lame jokes, fake tattoos (mine was a red-headed pirate, of course!), and fruity rum drinks, we managed to shuck off the cares of a weary world and raise money for a good cause (The Good Samaritan Foundation in Haiti). If you look closely at the grinning faces in the photo, you can see that each of us became, for an evening, a Jolly Mon.
Shari Lane, Oregon
First, the disclaimer: I’m a dinghy sailor and I’m used to steering with a tiller. That said, helming the Arabella in 25 knot winds was an entirely new experience. Arabella’s wheel was much different from the other wheels I’d used on smaller “big” boats. It took eight turns of the wheel to make what seemed like small adjustments. Instead of looking at telltales and sail trim, I was looking at an instrument panel that would rival that on a small plane. I alternated between checking the compass heading, trying to keep the boat on a beam reach as indicated by the apparent wind indicator, keeping the rudder angle steady (while Brad kept saying, “Turn it faster, head up more, fall off more!”), and glancing at the wind speed indicator (30 knot gust!) and the boat speed (over 8 knots consistently!) Meanwhile, my forearms began to bulge like Popeye’s with the strain of holding and turning the wheel. It was an exhausting but exhilarating experience! Only after several of us had taken our turn and the captain was back at the helm did we learn that he usually steered with the joystick, which was essentially a small tiller! Steering a 165 foot schooner under full canvas in 20-25 plus winds was exciting, with the wind tearing at my hair. With beautiful blue skies and turquoise seas in 80 degrees, what could be better?
Marge Benning, Denver CO

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BEACHES RESORTS NEW “SAILING FUN” EXPERIENCE

“Sailing Fun” at Beaches Resorts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – BEACHES RESORTS OFFERS NEW “SAILING FUN” EXPERIENCE THROUGH AMERICAN SAILING ASSOCIATION
Guests as Young as Eight Can Participate in Introductory Sailing Program

LOS ANGELES AND MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA – February 11, 2015 – In conjunction with the American Sailing Association (ASA), the globe’s leading authority on sailing instruction and sailing schools, Beaches Resorts has launched a new sailing program at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa, Beaches Negril Resort & Spa and Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club. As part of the Beaches Sailing School, Beaches Resorts now offers a new Sailing Fun Experience, in which guests can participate in a sailing course consisting of four two-hour sessions designed to introduce both children (ages eight and above) and adults to the sport of sailing.

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