What Is Your Role on a Boat?

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 …

Falling in Love with Sailing, 101 Steps at a Time

As the COVID -19 restrictions have begun to slowly be lifted sailing schools have been able to start their summer sailing seasons. ASA had Caribbean Travel Writer, Bob Curley, participate in ASA 101 with Black Rock Sailing in Rhode Island as restrictions were lifted.  Students wore masks in the classroom and on the boat. Social distancing was practiced (where possible) while taking the course.

Tips From The Text “Tides and Currents”

Sailing Tips Come From Bareboat Cruising Made Easy, the Official Manual for the ASA Bareboat Cruising Course. (ASA 104) Tides are the vertical movement of water caused by the gravitational fields of the sun and the moon acting on bodies of water. Tidal Currents are the result of water moving between high and low tides. Depending on where you sail your experience with tides and currents will vary. Sailors in San Francisco Bay regularly sail with a fast-moving current that dictates even the most mundane of sail plans. Have you ever seen the tide in the Bay of Fundy?

ASA Featured Instructor: Tibor Van den Wildenbergh, Victoria Sailing School

Tibor learned to sail through the Victoria Sailing School, from its founder, Jim Cook. Since then he has been sailing and racing extensively. You can find him at Chatfield racing nearly every Wednesday night during the season. He currently teaches basic on the water courses, as well as a Diesel Maintenance Course, and Racing and Spinnaker courses. Tibor Van den Wildenbergh is this month’s Featured Instructor.

ASA Affiliate Blue Pacific Yachting Deals with Coronavirus

As we merge from the pandemic crisis Sailing schools across the country and around the world have had to adapt to a changing landscape. One example of how all of this is being handled calmly and effectively is at Blue Pacific Yachting, an affiliate company of Denison Yachting, owned by Robert Denison and Nereus Dastur, in Marina del Rey, CA. At this ASA Affiliate school, General Manager Mollie Perlman has prepared an inventory of facial coverings, both N95 masks and cloth scarves, brightly-colored Nitrile synthetic rubber gloves which have a higher puncture resistance than latex or vinyl, an assortment of …

ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising – What You’ll Learn

We dropped the anchor in about 15 feet of crystal clear water. From the dolphin striker, I could see the anchor chain all the way to the hook in the white sand. Fish darted below the boat as if they were accustomed to getting fed by the new arrivals. The four of us, my family, stood on the trampoline of the 48-foot catamaran and took in the scenery. An isolated cove in the Caribbean and it was all ours.  That was our first bareboat charter anchoring experience. It was life-changing. The dream trip to charter a boat and explore a …

Happy Independence Day Weekend!

4th of July weekend typically means large gatherings as we celebrate summer with fireworks and grilling. Sailors will congregate on docks and tell great stories and then sit on the deck waiting for the fireworks display.  This may not be everybody’s experience this weekend so here are a few ways to fill your coronavirus 4th of July. Take a Look at Free Content From ASA Learn something about sailing during the coronavirus pandemic. The American Sailing Association has a series of free videos with tips and instructions to help you work on your sailing education while we wait out the …

How To Learn To Sail

“I have always wanted to learn to sail” How many times have you said this or heard someone say it? “How can I get started with sailing? How do I learn to sail?” At ASA, we hear that phrase on a daily basis.  We will let you in on the answer. It’s simple. You won’t have to buy a boat or learn a new language or buy a new wardrobe to get a taste for sailing. You can dictate how much you want to experience.