In January ASA launched a new, and greatly improved, website.
The biggest change is in the schools section which has been restructured from the ground up to make it even easier for prospective sailing students to find an ASA Affiliate School. New search tools allow visitors to search for a school by City, State, Zipcode, and Country.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AMERICAN SAILING ASSOCIATION 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.”
Don’t miss out on the best charters in the US and abroad in 2015! Captained, crewed, and bareboat charters are available, but the best boats and deals are going fast! Find My Charter makes it so easy for ASA members to take the next step and explore new waters, especially with all the new boats and bases we’ve added this year. Whether you’re looking to charter in the Caribbean for the first time or the Mediterranean for the hundredth, Find My Charter is your charter concierge, working around the clock to assure that everything going smoothly. Chartering is effortless! ASA Members receive $100 ASA store credit when they book with Find My Charter.
It just got easier to bareboat in the Sea of Cortez with the opening of Dream Yacht Charter base in La Paz, Mexico! They are off to a great start as of October 2014 and have filled the void that the Moorings left when they pulled out over a year ago. Horizon Yacht Charters added another base to their Caribbean locations by opening their doors in St. Vincent – a much needed compliment to their Grenada base – making one way trips in the Windwards more accessible. There is more to look forward to in 2015 as Dream opens their base in Angra Dos Reis, Brazil – just south of Rio de Janeiro. SailCaribe has expanded their base in Puerto Rico – they have doubled their fleet and offer new Jeanneau’s and Lagoon’s, meeting a great demand for bareboats in the Spanish Virgins. We are now offering bareboats in Malta and the Azores – adding some spice to the list of destinations that can be booked!
ASA members can now purchase ASA’s brand new boat, the ASA First 22. It was modeled after the successful First 20 and designed in collaboration with Beneteau especially for ASA members and schools! The ASA First 22 is recognized for its safety features, stability, comfort, and sleek design. The roomy cockpit fits five adults comfortably making it perfect for family sails and helping friends and children learn the ropes. The retail price is $29,900, but there is a special limited time price for ASA members! Contact Chris Doscher, the Beneteau America Sailboat Sales Manager, at 843.810.2020 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about this deal.
ASA’s new bareboat cruising book is the perfect addition to any cruising sailor’s collection. Whether they’re going on their very first bareboat cruise at home or chartering abroad for the tenth time, Bareboat Cruising Made Easy is a fantastic holiday gift. The all-inclusive text features everything from packing guidelines to sailing tips, and the gorgeous design, diagrams, and photographs make it a treat to flip through. Find Bareboat Cruising Made Easy online at www.asastore.org!
Last week ASA held its first ever regional Asian Affiliate & Instructors meeting in Shenzhen, China. Over two dozen ASA Instructors and Affiliate representatives attended representing ASA sailing schools across mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Continue reading →
ASA’s brand new textbook, Bareboat Cruising Made Easy, has just been released to national acclaim. The updated manual of ASA’s bareboat cruising standard is designed to help sailors prepare for a bareboat charter or extended cruise. The book is much more than just a textbook for ASA 104 students, however. Bareboat Cruising Made Easy is a one-stop cruising reference for all sailors, whether they have a few months or a few decades of sailing experience. It covers everything a sailor needs to know about skippering a boat in new waters, from what to wear to how to troubleshoot the bilge pump. Continue reading →