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ASA Joins The Ocean Cleanup To Fight Against Plastic Pollution

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.

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Sailing Terms Quiz

Sailing Terms Quiz (IV)

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!

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Duncan Hood Instructor Evaluator

Meet Duncan Hood, ASA Instructor Evaluator

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.

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Mallorca Flotilla

1st Annual Balearic Flotilla

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.

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Jim King - Outstanding ASA Sailing Instructor Spotlight

King of Sailing

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.

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Exploring the San Juan Islands

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.

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Yacht Tubbing

Yacht Tubbing

Summer Sailstice 2015 – Yacht Tubbing, Good Company, and Clipper Cove

Kira Maixner writes about her first Summer Sailstice experience.

A day to celebrate summer, sailing, and good company. I had never experienced the holiday before moving to the Bay and as a fairly new sailor, this year was my first, full on event. I joined the two-day flotilla hosted by Modern Sailing School and Club. I wasn’t sure what to expect, outside of an itinerary that, as sailing goes, was likely to change at any moment, and I have never spent a night on the San Francisco Bay. Regardless, I booked my boat, filled it with newbies, a few seasoned sailors, and headed out onto the Bay.

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Mega Expedition

Mega Expedition, Mega Incentives

As you may know ASA has been following and supporting the efforts of The Ocean Cleanup. We interviewed the founder, Boyan Slat, a few months ago. This project will have a positive impact on our oceans and this is a great opportunity to get involved – The Ocean Cleanup are even offering to cover all your costs associated with your participation in their Mega Expedition!

The Ocean Cleanup has developed the world’s first feasible method to clean up half of the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years’ time. But how many tons of garbage will be cleaned up? In order to determine the amount of plastic in the patch, we are organizing the largest ocean plastic expedition in history. During August this year, we will be crossing the Garbage Patch from Hawaii to California, with up to 50 boats in parallel. And you can be part of this historic event.


  • USD 10,000
    to boat owners (plus additional insurance coverage)
  • USD 3,500
    to skippers for helping us gather data
  • USD 500
    for any referrals leading to a boat signing up.


  1. Your contribution will help rid the oceans of plastic.
  2. You will get to visit the Great Pacific Garbage Patch yourself.
  3. A significant part of the costs will be covered by the ocean cleanup.
  4. Through its global coverage, your contribution will be internationally recognized.
  5. The Ocean Cleanup takes care of all equipment, logistics, and can arrange for a volunteer to do the measurements.


Stella Diamant, our Mega-Expedition Co-ordinator, for more information on +1 808 209 3521 or or on Skype stella.diamant.