The “Arabella” just completed a voyage around the BVIs loaded with ASA members from all over the country. We were lucky enough to have Chris Tucker onboard and he shared some of his amazing photos with us… If you missed out on this once in a lifetime trip, not to worry, we’re doing it all over again in March – but hurry, there are only a few cabins left!!
Winter boat shows are a great way to scratch that sailing itch by seeing sailboats & gear without the risk of getting frostbite! The ASA and our local ASA Affiliate Schools will be attending a number of boat shows this Winter / Spring season. Check out our list below and we look forward to seeing you at the show!
Looking back over the year of 2015 we’ve published some great content – here are the top 5 posts of 2015, voted for by you and your mouse clicks!
The 38th Annual St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show, the largest boat show on the Gulf Coast, is set to sail into the Duke Energy Center for the Arts Mahaffey Theater Yacht Basin and Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg, Fla., from Thursday, Dec. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. The show will feature an impressive selection of power boats and sailboats in water and on land, including a 40,000-square-foot clearspan tent housing all types of marine gear. Show-goers will find hundreds of power boats and sailboats including family cruisers, runabouts, fishing boats, magnificent sailing yachts, personal watercraft and much more.
The ASA currently has four certified sailing schools in Taiwan which means there must be ASA Certified Instructors to teach there. On a recent trip to the area Barry Sroka, an instructor evaluator, conducted nine IQC’s with 23 candidates. One of the Basic Keelboat IQCs had a record 11 candidates. He also completed three facility Evaluations with one being on an island offshore from Taiwan.
Sharon Green has been capturing electrifying images of performance sailing for more than three decades. Her annual Ultimate Sailing Calendar, featuring the highlights of competitive yacht racing around the globe, is eagerly anticipated by thousands of boating, sports and photography enthusiasts worldwide.
Sharon has also been extensively published in the world’s foremost boating periodicals and published two books since first taking up a camera in High School. Since then she has worked on eight America’s Cups, and countless other high profile campaigns and regattas. In recognition of her extraordinary accomplishments in photography Sharon was awarded an honorary Masters Degree from the prestigious Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California, where she resides.
This valuable hitch can be used to tie a line to the standing part of another line or to a spar. It’s especially useful when you need to transfer the load from one line to another – remember that winch override? It’s similar to the clove hitch but with an extra turn on the side that’s in the direction the load will be applied.
The ASA is proud to support the efforts of Hands Across the Sea, and helping Tom and Harriet Linskey in their effort to bring literacy to the Eastern Caribbean. It is a worthy cause; keep up the great work!
We love hearing from our members and instructors when they have adventures in exotic places…
“I recently visited Hong Kong and met up with Dr. Andrew Kay, Managing Director of the ASA sailing School Hong Kong Catamaran Club and ASA IE. Dr. Kay graciously invited me to participate in the annual Sunseeker Opening Regatta hosted by the Aberdeen Boat Club in Hong Kong aboard his Beneteau First 40.7 named “Cata Kam Loong“. Race day arrived with 20+ knot winds and 4′-6′ seas, but we had a determined crew, all well-trained by Dr. Kay. With over 30 boats in attendance, and five in our class, we started the 30 mile race with double reefed main and no spinnaker. We ended up in second place after a back and forth battle with another boat named “Getafix” during the entire 30 mile course. A good time was had by all!”