Antigua Testimonials & Photos 2008

My wife and I attended the ASA American Sailing Week for the first time this year. It is an event we will attend again. Antigua was a beautiful and friendly place and the color of the water was a fantastic blue. The Sunsail Club Colonna resort was very nice and the staff helpful and friendly.

During the week we cruised on an ocean catamaran for the first time. Two catamarans and two monohull sailboat were provided by ASA at no additional charge.  Also, I spent many hours on the water learning to sail small sailboats and obtaining my ASA Small Boat Certification -- also included. Meanwhile, after my wife worked out in the gym each day, she relaxed in a beach chair under a thatched umbrella reading, watching the water, and enjoying tropical drinks.

Our favorite part of the week was getting to know other sailors from around the country. ASA hosted several parties where we could meet and mingle with other attendees. We also were able to socialize with the others during meals and other events within the confines of the resort. We look forward to seeing our many new friends at future sailing events.

Thanks ASA for hosting a fabulous event.

Albert Victor & Sue Ellen Dubuisson
Sugarland, TX

I had a fabulous time!  I really improved my small boat sailing skills, plus took a few sails on larger boats—including one overnight trip to Jolly Harbor!  There was plenty of time to explore the island of Antigua by land and sea!  I made many new friends. Club Colonna was a lovely venue, with its two small harbors for swimming and sailing, along with its superb landscaping.  
Cathy Shelton
New York, NY


I totally enjoyed the ASA Sailing Week in Antigua.  All aspects of the adventure exceeded my expectations.  It was obvious, based on the results, Kathy Christiansen, her team, Sunsail Resort and participating sponsors, worked together professionally to make this such a wonderful experience for all. Every ASA guest I met echoed my assessments.  Kids, young adults, adults and seniors all were thrilled and indicated they would certainly return again next year.  The only thing I found boring was the weather; everyday exactly the same, 85 degrees, sunny, 15-20 knot winds, PRICELESS!

The accommodations could not have been better and were reasonably priced.  Beautiful Hotel with awesome facilities and professional and friendly staff, plentiful and awesome food, great sailing vessels well maintained and enough for all, numerous sailing trips with qualified and friendly captains. Fun social events which successfully allowed guests to meet others, share stories and make new friends for life.  And oh yes, the prizes were great too.

Thanks ASA for conducting this wonderful event!  I will certainly plan on making this an annual experience.

Rick Hohnecker
Amherst, NH

Thank you, ASA, for an exciting vacation! My husband, daughter, and I went to Antigua hoping for a sunny vacation – we came away with so much more! From sun up to sun down (even into the night) there was always something to do – sailing, snorkeling, clinics, sightseeing, more sailing, eat fabulous food and drink rum punch. We met people just like ourselves from all over the United States and shared sailing stories. I thought I was the only hesitant wife of a sailing enthusiast. But found other wives who shared the same feelings. Many of us were there to learn how sail so we could save our husbands if they were the man overboard. I started the week unsure, but with the guidance and direction of ASA Captains Jeff and Jean on the Lagoon 41 Catamaran, I can honestly say I am more confident and very excited about our next sailing trip with ASA.

The Dirkse Family
Jenison, MI

I want to thank you for a wonderful time at the ASA Members week in Antigua.  The fellow ASA members are a great group of people.  We made a lot of new friends and thoroughly enjoyed the sailing and the resort's amenities.  It was very satisfying to enable the guests to experience the pleasures of bigger boat sailing and chartering.  We covered a lot of subjects, safety on big boats, anchoring, plotting and chart work, sail trimming, improving boat speed, crew positions and so much more.  I hope we instilled a new confidence in the beginner sailors.  I enjoyed it so much that I am planning to attend an instructors clinic in Annapolis this May and get my ASA certification.  Working for a new boat dealer for many years, I have done a lot of teaching, instruction and race coaching.  I had forgotten the great feeling of watching the students progress in skills and confidence.  I look forward to teaching as an ASA instructor in the future!

It was great to meet you and the ASA staff members.  I thank you again for your generosity and for enabling us to take part in such a memorable event.  I hope you will include us in your plans for next year's event.

Gere Frailey
Havre de Grace, MD

For a most delightful, fun-filled, event filled, sailing experience (or should I say "adventure") one should not miss ASA's Sailing Week.  The ASA staff members are great, the events are well orchestrated and comprehensive, and in general, just plain fun.  Offerings include educational opportunities as well as opportunities to remove some of the "rust" on your sailing skills and knowledge.  One would be hard pressed to find a vacation venue that is more relaxing and informative while meeting a host of really nice people.  I would do it again in a New York minute if it took me that long!
My thanks to Kathy, Flor, and Kristi for all their planning, hard work and friendliness.  You made the trip worth attending!
Mike Finley
Gulfport, MS


The ASA Week in Antigua was outstanding.  Whenever the last day of a vacation arrives I am always ready to leave, this is the first time I ever wanted to extend.

Bob Katz
Grantham, NH

For me, it was a week like no other vacation I’ve been on.  All the staff at Sunsail were so helpful in getting boats rigged, giving suggestions for sailing different types of boats and great instruction.  It was fabulous to just walk down on the beach and choose a boat to sail without waiting.  I took a lesson on the Hobie Cat and then took it out by myself and had a blast.
It was great to meet new folks from all over the US and Britain and have an opportunity to sail together.

Nanis Gilmore
Tigard, OR

We are singing the praises of the American Sailing Association loudly, for the incredible time we had during the 2008 ASA Antigua sailing week.  We had to look up the area on the map to see where we were going, and from there read their brochures and emails carefully to see what we needed to do.  The program and information they provided us was so well done that we came with exactly what we needed.  What we didn't expect was the extremely high quality of the Captains and Crew that manned the boats, and the super care that the resort staff gave to us as we tried to sail as many small and large boats as possible.  We left feeling we had gotten in quality sailing time, met new friends with similar goals, and had a week filled with things to do from one minute to the next.  In addition, if we wanted "down time", that was available too.  We are looking forward to more trips with the ASA group, and are grateful to them for their dedication and professional staff.  They worked hard to provide a quality program, and it showed with the satisfaction we all felt when we left.
Mary K and Bart Jones
Colorado Springs, CO

ASA Antigua 2008 ... To sum it up in one word, WONDERFUL!!

Antigua was a great experience for both my husband and myself. We really enjoyed ourselves. A week of sailing in the beautiful Caribbean waters was just so much fun- and what a better place to learn to sail and to practice, practice, practice!!
Being new to sailing and just beginning our journey into the wonderful world of sailing, this was a great stepping stone for us and a one-of-a kind learning experience. We just recently became members of ASA and the 2008 trip to Antigua was our first event with the association, we were very pleased and
happy to have been a part of the event this year.

I must say at first I was a little apprehensive about the whole idea - being that I am really really new to sailing. I mean my boat experience in general was pretty slim, to about none. But just recently having had a baby girl, Athena, and in need of a sunny place to relax and to unwind, I thought Antigua would be a wonderful vacation destination spot to visit. My husband on the other hand has had some basic sailing experience. While I was busy taking care of our newborn this past summer, he started reading up on sailboating and shortly thereafter got his Keel Boat certification. Being from southern NJ he had the opportunity to practice sailing on the bay here with his small sailboat. The baby and I would hang out near the dock watching, waving and taking photographs. Sometime during the year he came across ASA and we both became members. That is how we learned about the trip to Antigua. After reading up about it, it sounded more and more like a fun and feasible idea as our schedules happened to work out ... so we decided we were gonna go for it!!

I had it all mapped out in my mind in the months and days proceeding the actual trip. My husband would be in the water all day, practicing sailing to his heart content, while I lay by the pool or on the beach with a good book and a nice cool drink. I really had the whole scenario down: my schedule by day: relaxing with the delightful cool breeze gently gliding like silk over my face while the divine sounds of caribbean music played ever so softly in the background. By night: having a fine dinner accompanied by walking along the cool moon-kissed sandy beaches gazing at the stars... gazing to comprehend and unveil all their hidden secrets.

Well, let me tell you something, after we arrived in Antigua and we came to our home for the next week, Sunsail Club Colonna, I woke up from all that daydreaming right away!! Upon arrival to Sunsail, we were immediately greeted by a wonderfully cheery and pleasant staff and presented with an array of awesome activities to engage in. Combined with the marvelous planning and organization of ASA the activities offered and day trips around the island filled up our week long schedule rather quickly. No time for hanging out by the pool as I imagined, we had work to do... sail sail sail!! We went out on the dinghies that same day, and almost everyday thereafter ... & despite capsizing like crazy we finally got the hang of it! The water was wonderfully warm and fun to swim in so the capsizing was kinda fun. Also, my husband participated in the class for dinghies and earned his Small Boat/Dinghy Certification! All in all, we learned that together we made a good team, on both the topaz and on the omega. We sailed on a Monohull for the day and both had the opportunity to sail. Our fabulous instructor let us have a turn at the helm, what a superb experience! I learned sailing requires a lot of patience, hard work and study... skills that we both would like to sharpen in the coming years through practice and as part of the ASA!

What was great fun was meeting and learning from all the wonderful people/members of ASA and friendly staff of Sunail. Everyone was simply awesome! Meeting people from all around the globe brought together by a common interest/activity was fantastic. We learned so much from all the members who have been part of the association for years and were kind enough to share their time. The ASA parties and dinner with the group was a nice way to get together with everyone and talk about all our unique experiences and we enjoyed this very much. Perhaps we will join in on all the activities again next year... it would be great fun! Until then we wish everyone a terrific summer of fun and safe sailing!!

Thanks again ASA for the wonderful time in Antigua 2008!!

Katerina & Michael Christakos
Egg Harbor Township, NJ

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