St Petersburg Sailboat Show

St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show

The 38th Annual St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show, the largest boat show on the Gulf Coast, is set to sail into the Duke Energy Center for the Arts Mahaffey Theater Yacht Basin and Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg, Fla., from Thursday, Dec. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. The show will feature an impressive selection of power boats and sailboats in water and on land, including a 40,000-square-foot clearspan tent housing all types of marine gear. Show-goers will find hundreds of power boats and sailboats including family cruisers, runabouts, fishing boats, magnificent sailing yachts, personal watercraft and much more.

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News-2015-11 Charter Quiz

Cruising Quiz

Okay, so you have it together… You’re making the local scene in your cruising boat and feeling pretty confident. That’s a good thing, but maybe it’s time for a little written test to see if that confidence is well founded. Here’s a quiz derived from ASA’s Coastal Cruising Made Easy that will give you more bravado or maybe humble you a bit. A wrong choice gets a wise-guy response.

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Racing Sailboats by Pat Reynolds

I Don’t Want To Race!

We know you don’t. BUT, let’s talk about it. We’ve found racing sailboats is one of those things that can be slightly controversial. Odd as it sounds there are some sailors who not only don’t like to race in a sailboat, they resent it – it bothers them. “Why would I ever want to sail around a triangle, stressing out, trying to go a half knot faster than someone else who is also white-knuckled and experiencing a bunch of his own stress? I want to relax when I sail – that’s why I sail!” Yes, we get it. You left out the part about intentionally trying to cut each other off and scream at one another.

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Jim Stewart - Outstanding ASA Instructor

It’s a Wonderful Life!

According to criteria and judgment of the American Sailing Association, Jim Stewart is a model sailing instructor. He has now been recognized as one of ASA’s Outstanding Instructors for the third time – 2009, 2013 & 2014. He and his wife Jane retired from the “real world” in 2001 and he started teaching sailing as a livelihood in 2004. Apparently he is quite good at it.

A lot of folks feel I have the perfect retirement job,” Stewart says. “As I tell my students when we are enjoying a great day on the water ‘Sure you guys are having fun, but this is just another hard day at the office for me…’ That always gets a lot of groans.

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LOHAS sailing School.

IQCs in Taiwan

The ASA currently has four certified sailing schools in Taiwan which means there must be ASA Certified Instructors to teach there. On a recent trip to the area Barry Sroka, an instructor evaluator, conducted nine IQC’s with 23 candidates. One of the Basic Keelboat IQCs had a record 11 candidates. He also completed three facility Evaluations with one being on an island offshore from Taiwan.

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The Ocean Cleanup

Ocean Cleanupdate!

Back in the spring of this year, the American Sailing Association became involved in The Ocean Cleanup – an extremely ambitious project devoted to ridding the world’s oceans of harmful plastic pollution. The concept, devised by a 20-year-old Dutchman named Boyan Slat, involves capitalizing on the ocean’s currents to funnel large and small pieces of plastic into one place where they can then be collected and removed. If all goes according to plan, the plastic debris could then be sold on the recycling-market, which would inject a self sustaining financial component, thereby making the project something that could sustain itself in an ongoing way.

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Sharon Green’s 30 Years of Ultimate Sailing

Sharon Green has been capturing electrifying images of performance sailing for more than three decades. Her annual Ultimate Sailing Calendar, featuring the highlights of competitive yacht racing around the globe, is eagerly anticipated by thousands of boating, sports and photography enthusiasts worldwide.

Sharon has also been extensively published in the world’s foremost boating periodicals and published two books since first taking up a camera in High School. Since then she has worked on eight America’s Cups, and countless other high profile campaigns and regattas. In recognition of her extraordinary accomplishments in photography Sharon was awarded an honorary Masters Degree from the prestigious Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California, where she resides.

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Knots Made Easy Rolling Hitch

Knots Made Easy: The Rolling Hitch

This valuable hitch can be used to tie a line to the standing part of another line or to a spar. It’s especially useful when you need to transfer the load from one line to another – remember that winch override? It’s similar to the clove hitch but with an extra turn on the side that’s in the direction the load will be applied.

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Sirius Signal Flare SOS Distress Light

Marine Flares Expired? Consider This Alternative

The Sirius Signal SOS Distress Light aims to replace traditional marine flares. The SOS Distress Light is the first and only LED Visual Distress Signal Device accepted to completely replace dangerous and environmentally harmful pyrotechnic marine flares. It is battery-operated, buoyant, and lightweight. The SOS Distress Light can be hand-held, tethered, or hoisted aloft. Lasts HOURS compared to flares, which last minutes, or flare gun meteors, which last mere seconds.

  • Complies with all U.S. Coast Guard requirements for “Night Visual Distress Signals” 46 CFR 161.013
  • When combined with the included daytime distress signal flag, meets all USCG Federal Requirements for carriage of DAY and NIGHT VDS.
  • Designed, engineered, patented, and produced in the USA.

Watch our video for more information…

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News-2015-11 Seabin

Cleaning Our Oceans One Marina at a Time

It’s pretty cool when people decide to take a giant chance, involving great sacrifice, to pursue something they believe in. It’s even cooler when that thing involves making our waters a cleaner and better place. Aussie watermen Pete Ceglinski and Andrew Turton are on that path with their new idea called Seabin, a device that passively collects debris and pollution in marina environments. Ceglinski was formally a product designer who created many plastic products in the span of his career, but he began to feel that he was, in a way, part of the problem. “After a while, I realized we didn’t need the stuff I was making, so I stopped,” he said.

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