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New Sailor Workshop

This exciting new workshop is designed exclusively with new sailors in mind. It begins with a 30-minute interactive educational seminar at the Sailing Simulator where you will learn the very basics of sailing and take your turn at the tiller safely on land. You will then board the ASA First 22, the American Sailing Association’s new training sailboat, for an in-depth 90-minute sailing lesson with an ASA-certified instructor. 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 FREE show admission (a $20 value!) 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!

Strictly Sail Miami
at the Miamarina location February 12-16
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Los Angeles Boat Show
at the Marina del Rey location February 19-22.
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Latest IQC Graduates

IQC Graduates
Left to right standing are Anal Pal, Alex Athougies, Bob Diamond, Mark Thurber and Darren Gray. Seated are Alexander Ohlgart and John Zolck.

The most recent Instructor Qualification Clinic at Spinnaker Sailing in Redwood City (in the southern part of San Francisco Bay) began last Friday, January 16. Last weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) was the Basic Keelboat Instructor Clinic for the six candidates in shown in the picture above.

The clinic continues another weekend, January 24-25 for BCC and BBC (see complete 2015 IQC Schedule). Mark is continuing to Basic Coastal Cruising on Saturday. Anil and Alexander are continuing all the way through Bareboat Cruising. One more candidate (not in the photo) will be joining us next weekend. Darrell Wooten is already a Basic Coastal Cruising Instructor and will be upgrading to Bareboat Instructor.

If you look closely in the photo you’ll see the shirt Anil is wearing is from ASA St. Martin Flotilla. He’s been a skipper in the Spinnaker flotillas a number of times in Europe and the Caribbean. In April he’s going to be a skipper in our Tahiti flotilla and now as a certified Bareboat instructor.

Alexander is already a German licensed sailor and is the owner of a Beneteau 39 in the Spinnaker fleet. He has also earned his ASA Celestial Navigation certification. Nearly all of the candidates have been sailing and have taken classes at Spinnaker.

Congratulations to all our graduating instructors and good to all those continuing their instructor education.

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Dive Head First Into Sailing

Learning To Sail Is Just The Beginning… Good luck Lisa on your future adventures!!


2014 Outstanding Instructors

ASA’s Outstanding Instructors are selected each year solely as a result of student surveys.  Based on the volume of student feedback received throughout the year, instructors are placed into one of three groups.

The award then goes to the top ten highest average scores in each group.  Considering that there are over two thousand active ASA instructors, this places the Outstanding Instructors in the top 1½% of their peers for quality education as judged by their own customers.

All Outstanding Instructors receive an ASA 1/4 Zip Contrast Collar Dry Shirt including the ASA Logo and moniker “Outstanding Sailing Instructor”, as shown above.

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Affiliate Relationship Manager

The American Sailing Association (ASA) is seeking a full time Affiliate Relationship Manager to liaise with its 300 sailing schools.  This newly created, full time position will be based in Marina Del Rey, California, at ASA’s headquarters, but require significant travel.

Qualified candidates must be sailors, and strong preference will be given to those who have taught sailing or worked at a sailing school and who have marketing or sales experience.

The position’s duties include:

  • Being the voice and champion of the ASA Affiliates and representing their interests to Association management
  • Making in person visits to ASA’s Affiliate sailing schools
  • Overseeing all of ASA’s communication / correspondence to Affiliates
  • Assisting Affiliates in growing their businesses
  • Following up on requests or issues raised by Affiliates during phone calls or meetings by working with ASA staff to resolve them
  • Planning regional or national meetings for Affiliate owners/representatives
  • Resolving any customer complaints from sailing students involving an Affiliate
  • Tracking Affiliate performance measures to identify potential issues early.
  • Maintaining a database of Affiliate communications.

Successful candidates must be outgoing and customer service focused.  They must demonstrate the ability to be highly organized and to operate efficiently with minimum supervision.

Compensation is based on experience and includes medical and vacation benefits.  Interested candidates should send a cover letting detailing not only their relevant sailing experience, but also their relevant business background along with a resume to No phone calls please.

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Find My Charter News

Don’t miss out on the best charters in the US and abroad in 2015! Captained, crewed, and bareboat charters are available, but the best boats and deals are going fast! Find My Charter makes it so easy for ASA members to take the next step and explore new waters, especially with all the new boats and bases we’ve added this year. Whether you’re looking to charter in the Caribbean for the first time or the Mediterranean for the hundredth, Find My Charter is your charter concierge, working around the clock to assure that everything going smoothly. Chartering is effortless! ASA Members receive $100 ASA store credit when they book with Find My Charter.

It just got easier to bareboat in the Sea of Cortez with the opening of Dream Yacht Charter base in La Paz, Mexico! They are off to a great start as of October 2014 and have filled the void that the Moorings left when they pulled out over a year ago. Horizon Yacht Charters added another base to their Caribbean locations by opening their doors in St. Vincent – a much needed compliment to their Grenada base – making one way trips in the Windwards more accessible. There is more to look forward to in 2015 as Dream opens their base in Angra Dos Reis, Brazil – just south of Rio de Janeiro. SailCaribe has expanded their base in Puerto Rico – they have doubled their fleet and offer new Jeanneau’s and Lagoon’s, meeting a great demand for bareboats in the Spanish Virgins. We are now offering bareboats in Malta and the Azores – adding some spice to the list of destinations that can be booked!

Explore destinations, find boats, and book your next charter at

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ASA First 22

ASA members can now purchase ASA’s brand new boat, the ASA First 22. It was modeled after the successful First 20 and designed in collaboration with Beneteau especially for ASA members and schools! The ASA First 22 is recognized for its safety features, stability, comfort, and sleek design. The roomy cockpit fits five adults comfortably making it perfect for family sails and helping friends and children learn the ropes. The retail price is $29,900, but there is a special limited time price for ASA members! Contact Chris Doscher, the Beneteau America Sailboat Sales Manager, at 843.810.2020 or by email at to learn more about this deal.


The holidays are just around the corner!

ASA’s new bareboat cruising book is the perfect addition to any cruising sailor’s collection. Whether they’re going on their very first bareboat cruise at home or chartering abroad for the tenth time, Bareboat Cruising Made Easy is a fantastic holiday gift. The all-inclusive text features everything from packing guidelines to sailing tips, and the gorgeous design, diagrams, and photographs make it a treat to flip through. Find Bareboat Cruising Made Easy online at!


Flotilla in the BVIs

Join us for the adventure of a lifetime in the British Virgin Islands from December 4th to 14th, 2014! The BVIs are a sailor’s paradise, and there’s no better way to explore them than with ASA. Protected anchorages, perfect dive spots, and pristine beaches are just a few of the places you’ll visit on your island-hopping journey. We have six boats, and there are a couple open cabins still available on either a cruising catamaran or a keelboat! It’s not too late for the perfect holiday getaway! Learn more at