So, I have to tell ya… Lately, I’ve been making money hand over fist. Some of my colleagues think it has something to do with a slush fund, but believe me, it’s all on the up and up.
It’s like this: I met some investors, we talked and they seemed to like the cut of my jib. They taught me how to work this new system that I can’t really talk about – can’t let the cat out of the bag, but I learn the ropes, I’m completely gung ho about it and suddenly another better job is in the offing. I take that gig and ride it like the wind. Now I’m styling. Everything is good right? Wrong. My boss at that job is a monster – full on loose canon. By and large, I like stuff ship shape too ya know? But this guy is hard and fast with everything and I’m not into feeling like the freaking whipping boy. It’s a dilemma. The office is small, it’s close quarters and I really don’t know whether to cut and run or stay on – hard to decide. If I leave I’m sort of left high and dry but if I stay to the bitter end I could find myself over a barrel and it could all backfire. I don’t know… I might have to deep-six this thing. I’m waiting on another situation. I’ll know in a couple of shakes how that will all pan out. Hopefully the new opportunity will fit the bill, but who knows.
Hey, maybe we could get together sometime over a cup of Joe. Maybe hearing your thoughts would put a new slant on things for me. It’s all kind of taking the wind out of my sails, but I’ll recover. Let’s hang out soon!
Through a very stringent process that involved a complicated algorithm, a set of dice, and the hair of a newt, we came up with our list of the 7 most interesting high-profile people who we consider true sailors. We ranked the celebrity sailors using a mathematical break down of the bandwidth of their fame divided by their admitted love and devotion for sailing. It’s inarguable. You can disagree, and we’d like to hear your thoughts, but remember this has been determined through a scientific means, so we are ultimately right. If you are a celebrity sailor and didn’t make the list you should probably hire a new agent! Since we didn’t know whether to separate dead from living we included both…
American Sailing Association joins The Ocean Cleanup’s Mega Expedition to fight against oceanic plastic pollution.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – July 15, 2015 – This coming August the American Sailing Association will be providing exclusive documentary-style content from the infamous Pacific Garbage Patch off the islands of Hawaii. ASA certified instructor Bob Solliday will be in regular satellite communication with the ASA shore team as he participates in the Mega Expedition, a research component of The Ocean Cleanup project. As part of the fleet of boats that will be surveying the ocean, Solliday and his crew will be collecting samples that will aid in the research about the amount of harmful plastics that are in our oceans.
We know how much you like us to test your sailing knowledge so give this quiz a shot and see if you know all of these sailing terms from our Sailing Made Easy textbook. Good luck!
Duncan Hood is an ASA Instructor Evaluator and has played a key role at ASA since it was founded in 1983. His recent trips to China have helped start numerous sailing schools and put sailing on the map in the region.
In this entertaining podcast from 59º NORTH Duncan talks about his colorful sailing career and his trips to China. Definitely worth a listen.
Here’s a report from Capt. Jean De Keyser who was the Flotilla Leader on a recent trip through the waters of Mallorca in the Mediterranean.
Capt. Jean De Keyser and his better half, “Admiral” Mila, led the two yachts from Palma de Mallorca to the southeast coast of Mallorca.
The lead boat, Jasper, was a Bavaria Cruiser 45. Jean, Mila together with Kelly from Nashville and Janet from Charlotte, crewed her while Marianne, Pam, Chris, Lynda, Sue, Davis and Larry crewed on Maha, a Bavaria 50. Both Kelly and Marianne had joined Croatia flotillas during previous years.
The flotilla enjoyed great sailing weather and visited the national park island of Cabrera, several calas or anchorages and the ports of Sa Rápita, Porto Colom and Porto Cristo. Our participants enjoyed fun sailing fellowship, delicious gastronomy and visited some landmarks like the Monasterio Sant Salvador and the caves of Els Hams. Some crew members of Maha even visited the famous Majorica pearl factory.
Sailing school owner Jim King didn’t scratch his sailing itch right away, but he definitely made up for lost time. It was just in 2006 when he took his first ASA 101 and ASA 103 courses but he bought a boat the next weekend! Now there’s a guy who knows he found his calling. He sailed all the time. First he explored the Jacksonville, Florida area, then the waters of England for three-years and when he joined the Air Force he continued to sail, this time on the Potomac River in DC and the Chesapeake Bay around Annapolis.
Here’s a report from Captain Roger Philips who was the Flotilla Leader on a recent trip through the waters of Victoria and San Juan Islands, Washington, USA
The cruise was one of the best ever. Weather was nearly perfect – sunny every day, good winds and calm seas. We had three days of 15+ knot winds nearly all day, and folks had a great time sailing. Other days the winds were variable, with some sailing, some motoring, some motorsailing.