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News-2015-09-SailTime and Boatbound-Featured

SailTime Group signs deal with Boatbound


SailTime announced an industry-first partnership with the nation’s fastest growing peer-to-peer boat rental marketplace, Boatbound. This partnership aims to provide a hassle free sailing experience to new boaters. The SailTime fleet of boats will be available for captained charters for a half, or a full, day of sailing. If you’re already a sailor this presents an easy, and affordable way for you to share your passion for sailing with your friends and family.

The full press release is below…

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American Sailing Journal ASJ Summer 2015

American Sailing Journal – Summer 2015

The Summer issue of the American Sailing Journal (available here) includes:

What do you get when you sprinkle a helping of education into an already awesome vacation? Answer: A Sailing Fun Experience, which is also the name of a great new program the American Sailing Association is spearheading with Beaches Resorts. Continue reading on page 3
What are Phytoplankton? They are microscopic, plant-like cells that live at the sunlit sea surface and they begin the marine food chain. Like plants on land, phytoplankton use the sun’s energy to combine carbon dioxide and water to create sugar and oxygen in the process known as photosynthesis. Continue reading on page 8
ASJ Tartan 4000FEATURED SAILBOAT: The Tartan 4000
The Tartan 4000 is a performance cruiser in the truest sense of the word in that it is a boat that does well on all points of sail and takes good care of its crew whether underway or at anchor. The Tartan 4000 design embodies all of the recent Tartan leading technologies and advanced performance cruising conveniences. Continue reading on page 10
ASJ Sailing Destination MaltaSAILING DESTINATION: Malta
And just where is Malta? So many people ask this and you just might be asking yourself the same thing. Well, get ready to jump feet first into a country that is spectacularly beautiful and historically fascinating. Continue reading on page 12

One basic definition of “dead reckoning” is “operating a vessel using only information available directly on the boat.” This time, we expand that a little and cover apps that simplify measurements frequently done onboard. Continue reading on page 15

Download the Summer Edition of ASJ for these articles and lot’s more great tips and stories from the world of sailing.

To receive the latest copy of the ASJ in your inbox or mailbox become an ASA Member today and enjoy this as well as many other benefits!

First Sail Workshops

First Sail Workshops

At this year’s United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis you can experience the joy of sailing with our hands-on First Sail Workshops designed for beginning sailors.

ASA has partnered with Beneteau America and Sailtime to host First Sail Workshops where participants can learn the basics of sailing in a 45 minute classroom session immediately followed by 90 minutes on the water sailing on a new Beneteau ASA First 22.

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News-2015-09-Hobie Catamaran Design-Featured

Catamaran Design Competition

The excitement that the new generation of America’s Cup Catamarans generate when sailing is palatable. The speed and excitement these sea monsters create hopefully will inspire a whole new generation of younger “action sports” enthusiast to try sailing.

In an attempt to bring that possibility to the millions of young men and women who’d now like to try to learn to sail a Catamaran. The American Sailing Association has teamed up with Oracle, sponsors of the 2014 America’s Cup winning Team Oracle USA, and Hobie Cat to introduce a new and exciting special edition of Hobie’s successful WAVE catamaran that might make that experience possible by building an inexpensive easily sailed performance available to the general public.

Take a look at some potential designs below, and help us choose which one to use for our special edition catamaran, by voting in the comments. If you have an idea for a design in mind please draw it up on the blank template below and submit it to ASA.

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Things To Pack Flotilla / Charter

12 Things To Pack On Your Next Charter / Flotilla

Captain Valerie Weingrad is an ASA Certified Instructor and has organized sailing vacations all around the world. She knows exactly how, and what things to pack to make sure you have a great sailing vacation!

It’s a few days before your flight to some tropical paradise and it’s time to pack. What to bring? Packing light is the key to enjoying your trip. Most people end up wearing only half of the clothes they bring. Remember storage space is limited on a sailboat, so it’s a good idea to pack everything in soft sided collapsible duffel type luggage.

Many tropical islands are casual and clothing such as shorts, shirts, tops and sundresses are fine and of course don’t forget your bathing suit! You may want to throw in a pair of slacks and shirt for the men, and a sundress for the women just in case you want to try one of the fancier restaurants.

Other items not to leave home without:

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Hands Across The Sea Sweepstakes

2015 Hands Across The Sea Sweepstakes

ASA is partnering with Sunsail Yacht Charters, LTD Sailing “Living The Dream!”, and Elite Island Resorts to support the mission of Hands Across the Sea, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising child literacy levels in the Eastern Caribbean. When you donate to Hands Across the Sea through this page you’ll be automatically entered in our sweepstakes, and you’ll be helping Hands provide much-needed books and literacy resources to children from pre-school to high school in the Eastern Caribbean.
Play the one-minute video to see how your donation to Hands Across the Sea helps Caribbean kids!

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Mega Expedition Conclusion Video

ASA was in San Francisco for the conclusion of the Mega Expedition…

As the boats returned to San Francisco and the Mega Expedition came to an end Boyan Slat talked about their initial findings. After 30 boats spent the month of August traversing the Great Pacific Garbage patch they collected more samples than have been collected in the last 40 years. Their research casts a new light on the problem of plastic pollution and it’s severity. In the next 10 years The Ocean Cleanup will be working to try and remove up to half of the worlds harmful plastic pollution in the oceans.

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Instructor Qualification Clinic IQC

Become A Sailing Instructor this Fall

Are you a sailor that feels the need to share your knowledge & love of sailing with others?

The American Sailing Association was organized to establish national standards for sailing instructor certification in the United States. We take experienced instructors and expert sailors and give them the tools they need to become certified sailing instructors.

ASA Sailing Instructor clinics test existing skills and knowledge while teaching a structured curriculum and proven presentation techniques.

Take the challenge and attend an ASA Instructor Qualification Clinic (IQC) this Fall!

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Stella Diamant - Mega Expedition Coordinator

Stella Diamant, Mega Expedition Coordinator

Stella Diamant - Mega Expedition Coordinator

Stella Diamant works for The Ocean Cleanup. She is currently in the middle of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch sailing on a Gunboat 66 called Extreme H2O collecting plastic pollution samples as part of the Mega Expedition that she helped put together.

I was raised in Brussels, Belgium and attended an international school. I have always been environmentally conscious and even as a young person I would give speeches in my classes about climate change etc. I have always enjoyed wide open spaces and nature, and spent a good part of my childhood riding horses and climbing trees.

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