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“Sailing Fun” at Beaches Resorts

Guests as Young as Eight Can Participate in Introductory Sailing Program

LOS ANGELES AND MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA – February 11, 2015 – In conjunction with the American Sailing Association (ASA), the globe’s leading authority on sailing instruction and sailing schools, Beaches Resorts has launched a new sailing program at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa, Beaches Negril Resort & Spa and Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club. As part of the Beaches Sailing School, Beaches Resorts now offers a new Sailing Fun Experience, in which guests can participate in a sailing course consisting of four two-hour sessions designed to introduce both children (ages eight and above) and adults to the sport of sailing.

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Sailors For The Sea – Take The NT3 Pledge

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.

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New Sailor Workshop

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!

Strictly Sail Miami
at the Miamarina location February 12-16
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Los Angeles Boat Show
at the Marina del Rey location February 19-22.
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News - ASA Credentials

Latest IQC Graduates

IQC Graduates
Left to right standing are Anal Pal, Alex Athougies, Bob Diamond, Mark Thurber and Darren Gray. Seated are Alexander Ohlgart and John Zolck.

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.

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Dive Head First Into Sailing

Learning To Sail Is Just The Beginning… Good luck Lisa on your future adventures!!

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ASA 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.”

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2014 Outstanding Instructors

ASA’s Outstanding Instructors are selected each year solely as a result of student surveys.  Based on the volume of student feedback received throughout the year, instructors are placed into one of three groups.

The award then goes to the top ten highest average scores in each group.  Considering that there are over two thousand active ASA instructors, this places the Outstanding Instructors in the top 1½% of their peers for quality education as judged by their own customers.

All Outstanding Instructors receive an ASA 1/4 Zip Contrast Collar Dry Shirt including the ASA Logo and moniker “Outstanding Sailing Instructor”, as shown above.

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