ASA at the Annapolis Boat Show

By: Event

The American Sailing Association (ASA) and the Manhattan yacht club have teamed up to bring Sailing Yacht Arabella to the Annapolis Sail Boat Show in October 2021.  Boat show attendees will have the opportunity to tour the 157-foot vessel that regularly tours New England, the Chesapeake Bay, and the Caribbean. A future trip aboard an ASA-sponsored charter on Arabella will be part of the Annapolis Sailboat Show’s door prizes. To be eligible to win, pre-purchase your show ticket or sign-up when you arrive. ASA Members will come aboard Arabella and learn about Member Benefits, upcoming ASA Certification Courses, and future …

The Best Gifts For Sailors This Father’s Day

By: Equipment, Members

Don’t go shopping for a tie this father’s day. This year your father’s day gift is going to be meaningful. Every sailor likes getting gear so why not get a fathers day gift that is perfect for every sailor. ASA members enjoy discounts on sailing gear and apparel. Already a member? Access Your Benefits Sailors Box Meet the World’s Only Sailing and Boating Subscription Box – This includes seasonal boating gear, maintenance items, safety equipment, books, clothing, novelties, and featured products from our partners. Vanguard Binoculars Vanguard designs and manufactures tripods, bags, sporting optics, and accessories. Vanguard has earned numerous international …

World Ocean Day

By: Environmental

World Oceans Day is held every June 8 to spotlight, celebrate and work to raise awareness about the health of our world ocean. When seen from space, the earth looks like a giant blue marble. It is said that earth day was created because that picture from space of the tiny sphere known as earth made it obvious that the planet is one. It is not demarcated by political lines and divisions. It is one entity. The oceans make up a large portion of the planet. With ⅔ of the surface of the earth covered by water, it would seem …

ASA Member Benefits Help You Save Big!

By: Members

You learned to sail and you have your ASA certifications. Is that it? No! ASA wants to continue to help you on your sailing adventure and we want you to remain a part of this great community of like-minded water lovers.    ASA members enjoy a number of perks that more than pay for themselves.  Take a look at the savings you could be enjoying with an ASA Membership. As an ASA Member, you could potentially save $$$$’s on products from new sails for your boat to foul weather gear to insurance to sailing products that every sailor needs. Take look …

Considering a Catamaran Charter? Know The Language

By: Charter, Cruising Tips

If you are considering a charter there is a good chance you’ll be thinking about a catamaran for your sailing vacation. While you should pick up ASA’s Cruising Catamarans Made Easy or consider taking ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran, you might want to brush up on the vocabulary that is specific to catamarans. If you feel like you need a major refresher on boat terms, check out our piece on Sailing Terms Everyone Should Know.

Planning a Daysail

By: Sailing Tips

As you embark on a daysail you might need a checklist of the things that you must have to make the day more enjoyable. First, you have the knowledge that you have already garnered from ASA 101, so you would have decided where to go, how to get there and when the optimal time to sail is. Sailing is about allowing nature to come into your life and dictate everything, so don’t lose sight of the idea that sailing is very fluid and your plans are very much dependent on what the conditions allow you to do. Sometimes the perfect …

Chartering in Europe?

By: Charter, Destinations, Learn To Sail

One of the coolest things about sailing is the access it provides to some of the most amazing places the planet has to offer. Although plenty of these places are right here in the United States, many of us crave destinations far far away, and making that possible is a big part of what the American Sailing Association is all about. Chartering overseas is on the bucket list of many a sailor, but making it happen comes with a stipulation or two. A sizable number of countries require an International Proficiency Certificate that lets them know the charterer is trained, …

Can We Charter This Summer?

By: Charter, Destinations

You can taste summer in the air and the idea of a long-deserved vacation is in the back of your mind. So, assuming it is safe to travel, have you begun to figure out where you will go? Wait, is it safe to travel this summer?  Can we charter a boat this summer? Where do we find out this information? Yes, first things first. Let’s figure out if we can safely go sailing in places other than where we currently reside.   Things You Must Accept: You will need to get tested before you arrive at any international destination. You will …