The ASA is a community of 350 sailing schools, 7,000 instructors and over 500,000 sailors that all share a common bond – the love of sailing.
ASA membership supports the sailing community in the following ways…
ASA is represented on the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Education Standards Panel (ESP), and is a member of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) Project Technical Committee (PTC) for the National On-Water Standards (NOWS) program.
Lenny Shabes founded the American Sailing Association, in 1982, and is still the Chairman of the Board.
Lenny presently serves on the board of directors of Sail America, the renowned trade association for the U.S. sailing industry. Sail America’s purpose is to promote and foster the sport of sailing and it’s a great opportunity for the sailing industry work together to accomplish a common goal.
Environmental & Charitable Initiatives
ASA is committed to helping overcome the problems, such as plastic pollution, that plague our oceans, lakes, & rivers. We will be concentrating on researching, publicizing and donating to organizations that share our environmental values.
We need your help. Join ASA now!
Seabirds Die From Getting Tangled In AND/OR Eating Plastic
marine mammals die from getting tangled in and/or eating plastic
pieces of plastic estimated to be floating worldwide
there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish
Join ASA and together with our partners we can make a difference!
ASA is dedicated to providing resources that make sailing accessible to everyone.
GO SAILING App
ASA’s GO SAILING app helps you find crew or apply to be crew on other skippers’ trips. There are also sailing related social events, seminars, and sailing lessons on the app. GO SAILING is the best free sailing app for connecting to your local sailing & boating community. The app is available at no cost for iOS, Android, and on the web.
Flotilla sailing charter vacations bring together a fleet of sailboats, each operating independently with its own crew, along with a lead boat and flotilla leader who knows the local area well. By joining a flotilla, you can enjoy the freedom of skippering your own boat but have comfort in knowing that support and advice are on hand to help with navigation and local weather.
ASA hosts many different events throughout the year that bring members together to enjoy a sailing related experience. Whether it’s a luxury charter aboard a mega yacht, or a luncheon to talk about the America’s Cup these events are a great opportunity to meet like minded people who share the same passion as you – sailing!
ASA Membership Benefits
“We saved for our vacation, but never dreamed we could save during our vacation. Our ASA membership paid for itself the first time we used it. We couldn’t believe how much we saved.
“ASA membership plays a part in each and every sailing experience. We learn about fascinating new destinations and techniques from the books and magazines.