What Is Your Role on a Boat?

By: Charter, Learn To Sail

Your ASA sailing education will prepare you to be a skipper on a sailing vessel and with that comes the responsibility of keeping your crew safe and ensuring the safety of the vessel you are sailing.  You will also have a crew and responsibilities are spread among those on the boat with you. What type of sailor are you and what role do you take on the boat? The Roles on a Boat When on a charter sailing vacation your group will share responsibilities. While the skipper and mate will take the lead on running the boat, many important tasks …

Do You Use Your VHF Radio?

By: Sailing Tips

 VHF radio is the primary means of urgent communication between boats, shore facilities, and emergency services. VHF Signals travel line-of-sight with typical ranges of 20 to 30 nautical miles. Recreational boats under 65 feet are not required to have a VHF radio but most sailboats and powerboats carry one aboard because of its simplicity, convenience, reliability, and, above all, it is a vital part of the safety equipment.   VHF Channel Designations Each VHF channel is assigned a designation as to who can use it and for what purposes. The channels Commonly Used by recreational craft in the US are as …

Ports We Love: Sailing The Amalfi Coast

By: Cruising Tips, Destinations

We walked to the top of the street to stretch our legs after a day of sailing. The sun baked the colorful hillsides and the air was rich with the smell of citrus.  After a climb up what appeared to be abandoned stairs we were greeted with a trail along the canyon and a stream that flowed below us. Across the valley were rows and rows of lemon trees on the steep hillside.  This is the Amalfi that we had never seen on postcards. This is the Amalfi that sailors should experience. High above the tourist attraction that is the …

Sail Buffalo Junior Sailing Program

By: Learn To Sail, Schools

This summer American Sailing Affiliate, Sail Buffalo, had a tremendously successful summer Youth Sailing program. 400 youth sailors hit the water to learn the art of sailing.   Sail Buffalo Sailing Director, Pierre Wallinder noted, “Our philosophy was to focus on the fun aspect and go with the weather versus racing in a variety of boat sizes. We also use both SUPs and canoes in inclement weather.” If you take a look at the kids in the program you can see that everybody is smiling. The Sail Buffalo Junior Sail Camp does more than teach sailing. They work on life lessons …

Product Review: Ronstan Rope Bag, Winch Handle Pocket & Drink Holder

By: Equipment, Partners, Product Review

I don’t enjoy admitting this, but I am a messy sailor. I don’t always coil the lines correctly, and my knots don’t look as good as they should. In addition, my cockpit lacks organization, and when I look through some of the compartments on my boat, I start to rethink if I have what it takes to be called a sailor.  After all, aren’t sailors fastidious and meticulously neat? Aren’t your lines always supposed to be in order? Luckily for me, Ronstan has identified my flaw and is helping. So, this month we are looking at Ronstan rope bags, winch …

Featured School: Great Lakes Sailing Co.

By: Schools, women on the water

If there is an example of what the sailing community feels like it can be found at Great Lakes Sailing in Traverse City, Michigan. They have been teaching sailing at this location in some form for over 35 years and their program includes a “Women on the Water” program as well as a charter operation. You not only learn to sail here but you become part of their sailing community. This Month’s Featured School is Great Lakes Sailing Co. in Traverse City, MI Get to Know Modern Sailing School & Club Where They Sail  We sail in Grand Traverse Bay …