Is Sailing Stressful?

What Part of a Daysail Is the Most Stressful for You? The daysail is a common activity for every sailor. Whether you are headed to your own boat, part of a sailing club, or have a generous friend who allows you to tag along there are general stress factors that contribute to your planning process. Our first boat was a Catalina 27. She was beautiful but as they say “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”  Our first sailboat had a 4HP outboard that was moody. To this day, I cannot tell you what the problem was, I just …

National Online Learning Day – September 15

September 15 is National Online Learning Day. As the world changes, so do the ways we deliver instruction. Teachers, students, and schools are adopting more online/interactive media options, and ASA is evolving and celebrating online learning. ASA has been offering various ways to learn online for years. From webinars to free videos on everything from knots to bite-sized lessons ASA has plenty of interactive media options for sailors. You can supplement your sailing education with online learning resources from the American Sailing Association. Take a look at some of our free online courses here ASA schools offer various forms of …

What is Seamanship?

Seamanship is the art of operating a vessel. Specifically, it is a compilation of the skills and knowledge entailed in navigation, boat handling, maintenance, and the law of the sea. It involves working as part of a crew and when the occasion arises, leading a crew in the role of a skipper.  Seamanship involves every aspect of a boat from being tied up to the dock to the operation in open water.  A proficient seaman creates a culture of awareness, safety, and confidence in the crew and the operation of a vessel at all times.   Seamanship involves leading, teaching, managing, …

What Flag Are You Flying?

Recent travels during the COVID-19 Pandemic have made sailors more aware of the Q Flag. This International symbol of “health” is the flag that alerts officials that your vessel is “healthy and requests free practique.” This permission allows the captain to enter port with the assurance that the vessel is free of contagion. The “Q” flag is flown to alert authorities to your arrival and it is flown until the vessel is cleared, after which the crew is free to go ashore. Just like a ship, a yacht flies her colors or national ensign to announce her country of documentation. …

ASA Featured Instructor: Marc Gonsalves ASA Instructor & Owner Cruise Abaco

Growing up in the windward Islands didn’t just prepare Captain Mark Gonsalves of Cruise Abaco for a career in sailing; it guaranteed he would share his passion for the lifestyle with as many people as possible. His attention to the details of sailing, learning to sail and introducing people to chartering are best described by a student testimonial found on the Cruise Abaco website: “Our charter with Cruise Abaco was one of the most amazing vacations that my wife and I had EVER taken, and we had some fantastic vacations! Mark Gonsalves, the owner and our Captain met us at …

Tips From The Text: The Lookout Rule

“Every vessel shall at all times maintain a proper lookout by sight and hearing as well as by all means available appropriate in the prevailing circumstances and conditions so as to make a full appraisal of the situation and of the risk of collision.”  – Rule 5 from the Navigation Rules (International-Inland) from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security United States Coast Guard The Navigation Rules apply equally to every vessel on the water. While they differ slightly in inland waters from international waters, and even to some degree under local jurisdictions, The Lookout Rule applies everywhere and you can …

Inside Sailing with Peter Isler

The American Sailing Association has always worked to get more sailors out on the water in a safe and confident manner. An ASA sailing education builds upon your skills and culminates in your ability to take on a bareboat charter or a day sail with complete confidence that you can sail a boat and keep your vessel and crew safe.  With the Inside Sailing series with Peter Isler, ASA is helping sailors build upon sailing certifications with the details that fill in the gaps in your sailing education with information about the sailing world that is not always covered in …

Confessions Of A Yacht Broker – Sailing From Grenada to St. Vincent During COVID 19

LTD Sailing literally stands for “Living The Dream” and this ASA Sailing School, based in Grenada, consistently gets high marks for their approach to sailing instruction and their sailing grounds. During this COVID-19 pandemic, less sailing instruction is being done and yacht deliveries have taken their place as LTD is also a Yacht Brokerage.  Chris and Chrystal have shared their story of a recent voyage to deliver a yacht. SOLD! We are Chris & Chrystal from LTD Sailing School and Yacht Brokerage – “Living the Dream!” in Secret Harbor. Yacht brokering during a pandemic and travel restrictions changing daily, well, …