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.
ANDROID GETS HANDY ON THE BOAT
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
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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.
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.
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:
We’ve extended the deadline on our #SAILFIE contest!
Share your #SAILFIE with ASA for a chance to win one of five ASA Prize Bags stuffed with over $250 of sailing gear!
Visit asa.com/sailfie for all the details!
See some of the current entries…
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!
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.
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!
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.