Yacht Tubbing

Yacht Tubbing

Summer Sailstice 2015 – Yacht Tubbing, Good Company, and Clipper Cove

Kira Maixner writes about her first Summer Sailstice experience.

A day to celebrate summer, sailing, and good company. I had never experienced the holiday before moving to the Bay and as a fairly new sailor, this year was my first, full on event. I joined the two-day flotilla hosted by Modern Sailing School and Club. I wasn’t sure what to expect, outside of an itinerary that, as sailing goes, was likely to change at any moment, and I have never spent a night on the San Francisco Bay. Regardless, I booked my boat, filled it with newbies, a few seasoned sailors, and headed out onto the Bay.

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ASA Sailing Terms Quiz

Sailing Terms Quiz (III)

How about another awesome ASA quiz, where you get compliments or a wisecrack. The last two have been about terminology and we’ve had feedback saying that they were too easy. Here’s a quiz generated from our Sailing Made Easy textbook designed to be a bit more challenging. Good luck!

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What’s in A Rig? The Junk Rig

What’s in a Rig Series #3

There’s probably no rig more fascinating than the junk rig. Long before Columbus’ time, early as the 10th century, the Chinese were making their way through the oceans with a rig that has amazingly stood the test of the time. There are many who feel that this very old but very innovative sail plan is superior to the more popular and ubiquitous sloop rig and others.

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Classic Rock Sailing Songs

Top 7 Classic Rock Sailing Songs

The sun is beginning to set. There’s a warm 12-knot breeze pushing you along easily as you sail downwind. A glance at the GPS says you’re hitting 7s and 8s on flat water – it’s a perfect day on the water. It’s days like these that have inspired some great songwriters to sit down and write tunes about what we love – sailing. So, with that in mind, here are ASA’s 7 best sailing songs from the classic rock genre. If you disagree, feel free to shuffle the order or add your favorite in the comments. But please understand ASA has researched this completely through a very complicated scientific process. These are the best songs and this is the right order!

  1. Catch the Wind – Although this is a love song (by Donovan), the chorus that cries, “I may as well try and catch the wind,” seems so perfect when sailing along on a summer day. Listen
  2. Lost Sailor – The Grateful Dead aren’t known for their sailing songs but this one is pretty cool. It’s a somber tune that taps into the darker side of sailing. “Somedays the gales are howling, sometimes the sea is still as glass,” say the brooding lyrics. “Oh, raise the main sail, oh, lash the mast,” Not sure if they should raise the main if they have to lash the mast, but it’s a good tune anyway.Listen
  3. Sailing – Rod Stewart’s Sailing is essentially a gospel tune reveling in the idea of sailing home across a sea. It’s another gorgeous melody inspired by sails full of wind and traveling like only a sailboat can.Listen

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First Aid Kit

5 Things That Aren’t in Your First Aid Kit But Should Be

Most generic first aid kits carry the essentials for an impromptu medical situation. There’s usually a bunch of Band-Aids, some rolls of gauze, little tube of peroxide, cotton balls, a different looking kind of a bandage that you pull out when things get a bit more grizzly, tape and maybe a little ibuprofen. If you have a good one, there might even be a little pair of scissors, a cold press and some rubber gloves.

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Round Turn Two Half Hitches

Knots Made Easy : Round Turn & Two Half Hitches

This may be the most underrated knot. It’s fast to tie under load and applicable all around the boat. It’s much more reliable and certainly easier to untie than its cousin the clove hitch. This knot is secure, does not allow the line to chafe, and is easily undone. Use this hitch to tie a dockline to a mooring.

This video shows you step-by-step how to tie a round turn & two half hitches knot.

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Blown Away by Sailing

Drew Skelton found his way into sailing through the Boy Scouts of America program and has been a waterman ever since. As a kid he sailed his own Snark 14 on a local lake and continued to hone his skills as he grew up. In 2006 he began pursuing ASA certifications and after a good amount of sailing and hard work he became an instructor. Today, as owner of Blown Away Sailing in Rock Hall, Maryland, he is recognized as one of ASA’s Outstanding Instructors.

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Mega Expedition

Mega Expedition, Mega Incentives

As you may know ASA has been following and supporting the efforts of The Ocean Cleanup. We interviewed the founder, Boyan Slat, a few months ago. This project will have a positive impact on our oceans and this is a great opportunity to get involved – The Ocean Cleanup are even offering to cover all your costs associated with your participation in their Mega Expedition!

The Ocean Cleanup has developed the world’s first feasible method to clean up half of the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years’ time. But how many tons of garbage will be cleaned up? In order to determine the amount of plastic in the patch, we are organizing the largest ocean plastic expedition in history. During August this year, we will be crossing the Garbage Patch from Hawaii to California, with up to 50 boats in parallel. And you can be part of this historic event.


  • USD 10,000
    to boat owners (plus additional insurance coverage)
  • USD 3,500
    to skippers for helping us gather data
  • USD 500
    for any referrals leading to a boat signing up.


  1. Your contribution will help rid the oceans of plastic.
  2. You will get to visit the Great Pacific Garbage Patch yourself.
  3. A significant part of the costs will be covered by the ocean cleanup.
  4. Through its global coverage, your contribution will be internationally recognized.
  5. The Ocean Cleanup takes care of all equipment, logistics, and can arrange for a volunteer to do the measurements.


Stella Diamant, our Mega-Expedition Co-ordinator, for more information on +1 808 209 3521 or stella.diamant@theoceancleanup.com or on Skype stella.diamant.

Sailing Terms Quiz

Sailing Terms Quiz (II)

Quiz 1 Results
Quiz 1 Results

Okay, here’s another quick little quiz of sailing terms born from our Sailing Made Easy book.

In our first Sailing Terms Quiz only 50% of you got all the questions right! Let’s see if you can all do a little better this time!

Test your sailing knowledge with these 5 questions – if you get them all right, the quiz will give you compliments. If you make a mistake, the quiz may act like a wise guy. Either way, it’s fun. Ready?

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