When it comes to loving the ocean, it’s all about chemistry.
This Valentine’s Day, Sailors for the Sea — a forward-thinking non-profit that inspires boaters to protect the ocean — is asking millions of U.S. boaters to show the ocean some love!
When you take the NT3 Pledge — No Trash. No Trail. No Trace. — whether you live on a boat, along the coast, or in a landlocked state – your everyday choice to reduce your carbon footprint will benefit the ocean.
In January ASA launched a new, and greatly improved, website.
The biggest change is in the schools section which has been restructured from the ground up to make it even easier for prospective sailing students to find an ASA Affiliate School. New search tools allow visitors to search for a school by City, State, Zipcode, and Country.
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!
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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AMERICAN SAILING ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES BANNER YEAR IN 2014 Leader in Sailing Education Sees Record Number of New Sailors
LOS ANGELES – January 20, 2015 – The American Sailing Association (ASA), America’s sail education authority, announced 2014 was a banner year. The Association, which has introduced more new enthusiasts to the sailing lifestyle than any other boating organization in the world, saw an overall annual increase of 10 percent in the number of new sailors who participated in its introductory sailing programs. The Association credits this growth to its progressive educational system, and its professional network of affiliated schools and instructors.
“ASA’s surge in the basic sailing genre is great news for the sailing industry in general, as these numbers predict an overall uptick in the number of new people coming into the sport,” said Lenny Shabes, ASA’s Chairman of the Board. “It also bodes well for future boat sales, for sailing apparel and gear manufacturers, and for the entire marine economy.”
The ASA Sailing Simulator was a big hit at the Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail Show last weekend. With ASA Instructors teaching the basic concept of sailing using a small sailboat and a large fan to generate some wind at the indoor show. Click through to see local CBS station’s news piece about the simulator and sailing in Chicago.