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Online Intro To Sailing

NEW  ONLINE INTRO TO SAILING

This online sailing course introduces the fundamentals of sailing including important vocabulary, safety skills, and how sailboats work. By completing the lessons in this online course you will be ready to report to an American Sailing school for on-the-water sailing lessons.
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Upcoming Events

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SPRING 2024

Performance Racing Seminars

In-person classroom-based seminars about sail trim, racing strategy, rules and tactics. Powered by North U.
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SAT • FEB 24 • Bridgeport, CT

Racing Rules & Tactics

Learn how the rules create rights, obligations, and opportunities on the race course at this in-person seminar

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SUN • FEB 25 • Milwaukee, WI

Racing Rules & Tactics

Learn how the rules create rights, obligations, and opportunities on the race course at this in-person seminar

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FEB 27 · 29 & MAR 5 · 7 • 4:30PM PT

Sail Trim - 4-Part Series

A 4-part online class series designed to teach the fundamentals of sail theory and the nuances of upwind & downwind sail trim.
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TUE • FEB 27 • 4:30PM PT

Sail Trim | Part 1 - Theory & Upwind Trim

Learn how the angle of attack, depth, and twist combine to control upwind power. An in-depth look at how you can trim your sails upwind in a variety of different conditions.
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THU • FEB 29 • 4:30PM PT

Sail Trim | Part 2 - Theory & Upwind Trim

Discover solutions to challenging upwind performance, then apply what you've learned using the interactive Sail Trim Simulator to conclude the first half of this series.
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MAR • APR • MAY 2024

Virgins Islands / Florida / Texas / Maryland

Master racing trim, helming, and boat handling with experienced coaches onboard high-performance sailboats.
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TUE • FEB MAR 5 • 4:30PM PT

Sail Trim | Part 3 - Symmetrical Spinnakers

To begin the second half of this online class series, learn how to optimize downwind performance with symmetric spinnakers.
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Thu • MAR 7 • 4:30PM PT

Sail Trim | Part 4 - Symmetrical Spinnakers

To conclude this 4-part series, go beyond the basics learning how to optimize speed with subtle but critical improvements to improve downwind performance.
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MAR 2024

St Thomas, VI

Master racing trim, helming, and boat handling with experienced coaches onboard high-performance IC-24 sailboats
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MAR 2024

St Petersburg, FL

Master racing trim, helming, and boat handling with experienced coaches onboard high-performance J/70 sailboats
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MAR 12 & 14 • 4:30PM PT

Electrical Systems - 2-Part Series

In this 2-part online class series, we'll dive into solving boat electrical issues and maximizing solar power benefits for onboard life.
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TUE • MARCH 12 • 4:30PM PT

Electrical Systems - Part 1

Master battery optimization and rectify installation errors, including overcurrent protection and wiring mistakes, to enhance performance and lifespan.
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WED • MAR 13 • 4:30PM PT

The Art Of Sails

Learn the ins and outs of sails - how to select, care for, and use them. Brought to you by the industry-leading sailmakers at North Sails.
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THU • MARCH 14 • 4:30PM PT

Electrical Systems - Part 2

Discover solar panel fundamentals, optimize performance, and prolong lifespan in marine environments to minimize electrical energy costs on board.
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SUN • MAR 24 • Grapevine, TX

Racing Strategy, Tactics & Rules

Learn techniques, tactics, and decision-making skills to help your performance on the race course at this in-person seminar

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TUE • MAR 26 • 4:30PM PT

Night Sailing Demystified

Embark on a captivating journey into night sailing, illuminating secrets and navigating under the night sky.
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THU • MAR 28 • 4:30PM PT

How To Buy A Cruising Boat

Discover the secrets to selecting and purchasing your ideal cruising boat with expert guidance on design, construction, and market trends.
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APRIL 2 · 4 · 16 · 18 • 4:30PM PT

Advanced Cruising & Seamanship - 4-Part Series

A comprehensive 4-part series of online classes, delving into seamanship essentials to help elevate your sailing expertise.
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TUE • APRIL 2 • 4:30PM PT

Advanced Cruising & Seamanship | Part 1

A comprehensive 4-part series of online classes, delving into seamanship essentials to help elevate your sailing expertise.
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THU • APRIL 4 • 4:30PM PT

Advanced Cruising & Seamanship | Part 2

A comprehensive 4-part series of online classes, delving into seamanship essentials to help elevate your sailing expertise.
North U Sail Trim Seminar

SAT • APR 6 • Nepean, ON

Sail Trim & Boat Speed

Learn about sail dynamics, sail trim, and optimizing performance for various wind conditions at this in-person seminar.

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SAT • APR 6 • Halifax, NS

Racing Strategy, Tactics & Rules

Learn techniques, tactics, and decision-making skills to help your performance on the race course at this in-person seminar

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Apr 2024

Paraty, Brazil in South America

Sail in pristine waters along the coast lined with tropical rainforest and white and golden sandy beaches.
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Apr 2024

Austin, TX

Master racing trim, helming, and boat handling with experienced coaches onboard high-performance J/80 sailboats
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APR 9 & 23 • 4:30PM PT

Diesel Engine Fundamentals - 2-Part Series

Explore diesel engine basics: A two-part online class series where we tackle core engine maintenance for boat owners and uncover advanced troubleshooting techniques.
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TUE • APR 9 • 4:30PM PT

Diesel Engine Fundamentals - Part 1

Explore the vital significance of clean fuel, streamline oil changes to minimize mess, and maintain raw and freshwater cooling systems for optimal performance.
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TUE • APRIL 16 • 4:30PM PT

Advanced Cruising & Seamanship | Part 3

A comprehensive 4-part series of online classes, delving into seamanship essentials to help elevate your sailing expertise.
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Apr 2024

Charleston, SC

Compete in Charleston Race Week and master every facet of regatta success with experienced coaches onboard J/22s.
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THU • APRIL 18 • 4:30PM PT

Advanced Cruising & Seamanship | Part 4

A comprehensive 4-part series of online classes, delving into seamanship essentials to help elevate your sailing expertise.
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APR 2024

Islands of Belize

Experience the beauty of Belize on this sailing flotilla. Explore new locations every day, enjoy snorkeling, and more.

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SUN • APR 14 • Park City, UT

Racing Strategy, Tactics & Rules

Learn techniques, tactics, and decision-making skills to help your performance on the race course at this in-person seminar

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TUE • APR 23 • 4:30PM PT

Diesel Engine Fundamentals - Part 2

Discover the intricacies of diesel engines while identifying common issues, their symptoms, and troubleshooting procedures and fixes for smooth operation.
North U Sail Trim Seminar

SAT • APR 27 • Denver, CO

Sail Trim & Boat Speed

Learn about sail dynamics, sail trim, and optimizing performance for various wind conditions at this in-person seminar.

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SUN • APR 28 • Eugene, OR

Racing Strategy, Tactics & Rules

Learn techniques, tactics, and decision-making skills to help your performance on the race course at this in-person seminar

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MAY 2024

Annapolis, MD

Compete in the Helly Hansen Sailing World Regatta with experienced coaches onboard high-performance J/80s.
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SAT • MAY 04 • Lakeside, MT

Racing Strategy, Tactics & Rules

Learn techniques, tactics, and decision-making skills to help your performance on the race course at this in-person seminar

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MAY 2024

Islands of Belize

Experience the beauty of Belize on this sailing flotilla. Explore new locations every day, enjoy snorkeling, and more.

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MAY 2024

Explore Croatia aboard Cataleya

A week-long cruise of Croatia onboard a fully crewed luxury yacht.
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MAY 2024

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Join this amazing flotilla and explore the beautiful coastline of Italy and enjoy the local cuisine and culture.
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May 2024

Greece & The Aegean Sea

Sail with us on the Magical Aegean Sea, visit ancient ruins and old castles, and taste the real Greek Mediterranean diet.

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MAY & JUN 2024

Dalmation Islands, Croatia

Embark on an unforgettable sailing journey tracing a course across Croatia's beautiful coastline.

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JUN 2024

British Virgin Islands, Caribbean

Find out why cruising sailors refer to the British Virgin Islands as a “sailor’s paradise.”

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Jun 2024

Greece & The Ionian Sea

With its scenery, quaint towns, rich culture, hospitable people and ideal sailing conditions, this should be on every sailor’s bucket list!
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JUN 2024

Greece & The Saronic Gulf

Spirited sailing with ancient Greek history and you have the formula for a memorable flotilla vacation.
Lenny Shabes Sailing Festival

JUN 2024

Lenny Shabes Sailing Festival

Pay tribute to Lenny and join us in the Caribbean for a week of sailing festivities including sundowners, beach bonfires & regattas.

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Jun 2024

Victoria & the Gulf Islands

Join fellow sailors for a week cruising the beautiful San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands to Victoria, BC.

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JUN 2024

Islands of Belize

Experience the beauty of Belize on this sailing flotilla. Explore new locations every day, enjoy snorkeling, and more.

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JUN 2024

Greece

Experience Greece's Corfu Islands through sailing, cultural immersion, and personalized bareboat chartering.

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JUL 2024

Islands of Belize

Experience the beauty of Belize on this sailing flotilla. Explore new locations every day, enjoy snorkeling, and more.

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AUG / SEP • 7 DAYS

Grand Tour of New England

Join us aboard Arabella, a 157-foot mega yacht, to explore all the sights of Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cuttyhunk.
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AUG 2024

Gastro-Sail, Croatia

Explore the ancient city of Dubrovnik, Discover Ston & its well-preserved city walls and salt works.

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SEP 2024

Dalmatian Islands, Croatia

A sailor’s paradise with crystal clear waters, picturesque fishing villages, and scenic coves for anchoring.
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SEP 2024

Turkey

Turquoise waters, secluded anchorages, small restaurants, and amazing gastronomy is the recipe for a memorable flotilla vacation.
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NOV 2024

Islands of Belize

Experience the beauty of Belize on this sailing flotilla. Explore new locations every day, enjoy snorkeling, and more.

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DEC 2024

British Virgin Islands, Caribbean

Discover why the “Christmas Winds” make December in the BVI a sailing mecca!

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DEC 2024

Islands of Belize

Experience the beauty of Belize on this sailing flotilla. Explore new locations every day, enjoy snorkeling, and more.

ASA TEXTBOOKS

Sailing Made Easy
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Beginner

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Learn to Sail

You have wanted to learn to sail your entire life. ASA can bring you closer to fulfilling your dream. Our collection of resources will get you out on the water safely and confidently. With 400 schools worldwide you can find a school near you. To help you get started, we have an large collection of new sailor resources including beginner sailing lessons, online courses, webinars, and mobile apps. Become an ASA member and enjoy the many benefits of being part of the largest sailing education organization in the world.

Intermediate

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Build your Skills

So you know how to sail. Now what? Now you'll work on getting better, feeling more confident, and taking your sailing to the next level. Now that you have a basic foundation of sailing it's time to have fun with your new knowledge. You can focus on expanding your sailing resume to make you a more effective skipper. We have continuing education classes like Celestial Navigation (ASA 107), Offshore Passagemaking (ASA 108), Cruising Catamaran Sailing (ASA 114), and more.

Advanced

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Sail the World

You are now ready to entertain the thought of sailing around the world, sailing in exotic destinations or quiting your job and living on a boat. You can safely navigate a boat in most conditions and you are only limited by your imagination. Your ASA certifications open the door to bareboat charters in Greece, flotillas in Croatia and family sailing vacations in the Caribbean. ASA partners, affiliates and schools are worldwide and they can help you find the sailing adventure that fits you best. ASA members get steep charter discounts - join today.

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Your First Sail - Free Online Course

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North U Courses & Webinars

Since 1980 North U has been the most prestigious organization in performance sailing education in the world...

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Inside Sailing with Peter Isler

Inside Sailing with Peter Isler is a captivating series that immerses viewers in the beautiful world of sailing. The series explores sailing...

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Online / Interactive Learning

It is important to understand that you cannot learn to skipper a boat without actually being on a boat but you can learn some of the information...

Your First Sail - Free Online Course

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Docking Made Easy

Learn how to dock a sailboat under sail, or under power, in a variety of different scenarios. Sailing legend Peter Isler walks...

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Bite Sized Lessons

We know that learning to sail can be overwhelming and there is a lot to take in. In an effort to help we’ve created...

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Knots Made Easy

There are as many sailing knots as there are stars in the night sky — or so it seems. But the reality is that most sailors...

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Sailing Challenge App

Sailing Challenge

4.5/5.0 Stars Sailing Challenge combines the most innovative thinking in the digital education field with ASA’s experience in teaching sailing to create a game that lets players climb aboard and sail off on a virtual sea of fun.
Catamaran Challenge App

Catamaran Challenge

4/5 Stars The app includes five learning modules that will teach you the basics of operating a twin-engine catamaran, how to perform a looping turn, and how to maneuver the boat at slow speeds using just the throttles.
GO SAILING APP

Go Sailing App

4/5 Stars Go Sailing lets you share your passion for sailing with others, allowing you to create or join sailing trips, meet new friends and easily share trip expenses.
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Sailing Challenge

Sailing Challenge combines the most innovative thinking in the digital education field with ASA’s experience in teaching sailing to create a game that lets players climb aboard and sail off on a virtual sea of fun.
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Catamaran Challenge

The app includes five learning modules that will teach you the basics of operating a twin-engine catamaran, how to perform a looping turn, and how to maneuver the boat at slow speeds using just the throttles.
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Go Sailing App

Go Sailing lets you share your passion for sailing with others, allowing you to create or join sailing trips, meet new friends and easily share trip expenses.

Membership Benefits

  • Your membership supports the important environmental and charitable initiatives that help to keep our waterways clean and give back to sailing communities.

  • ASA members enjoy unique discounts on charters around the world, paying for the cost of annual membership in a single day sail.

  • Discounts off sailing products including West Marine, iNavX, DAN Boater, Sailflow, and more.

  • Discounts on ASA Educational Video Series, ASA Webinars, magazine subscriptions and more!

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Put your skills to use,

Teach others.

Share your passion for sailing as you teach others to sail. Teach at a local school on the weekends or get out on multi-day excursions and share your knowledge. Becoming an instructor is easier than you think.

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