Combine Sailing Lessons With an International Vacation

By: Schools

Vacations are for rejuvenation and exploration, right? So why not one-up all the normal resort-goers and take sailing lessons at your vacation destination this summer! Sailing can be both relaxing and adventurous, so it’s the perfect sport to pick up on your next trip. Besides, who wouldn’t want to learn how to sail in the Caribbean or the Mediterranean? Many popular vacation destinations have nearly ideal sailing conditions, so there’s nothing standing in your way.


SAIL Magazine talks about FindMyCharter

By: Charter

From the July 2014 issue of SAIL Magazine – “When you’re new to chartering, shopping around can be overwhelming,” says Kathy Christensen of American Sailing Association. “A high percentage of our students get certified through us so that they can go on charter. Our motto is: you’ve learned to sail with us. Now, come have fun with us!” That’s the thinking behind the company’s new companion website, There, ASA members work with a broker to discover available crewed and bareboat charters around the world. The broker is involved from the time of the booking to the time the crew gets off …

Sailing is a Great Way to Spend Quality Time with your Family

By: American Sailing Association

Whether you have a six-year-old son or a sixteen-year-old daughter, sailing is a wonderful bonding experience that everyone in the family will enjoy. Next time you suggest board games and the kids roll their eyes, try something new that you’ll delight in as well. The adventure-seeker in your family will be drawn to exploring new coastlines and traveling the world. The risk-taker will love the prospect of heavy-wind sailing through relentless seas. The artist will be inspired by the boat’s beautiful lines and the ocean’s ever-changing shades of blue and green. The athlete will catch sight of a fierce catamaran …

Guanabara Bay: A Reminder to Preserve our Seas

By: American Sailing Association

“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.” –John F. Kennedy As sailors, we are inextricably linked to the ocean. On the most basic level, we need it to practice the sport we love. Even more importantly, we need a healthy ocean. Not just for the sake of our passion, but for the sake of our planet and the generations to come. Recent reports from Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 Olympic Sailing venue, bring to light …

Docking: Or, How You Can Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Marina

By: Safety

Once, while sailing in the San Juan Islands, I saw something I’ll never forget. A powerboater cruised into the dock at high speed with his wife on the stern, line in hand, ready to tie up. As they approached, he seemed to realize, far too late, how fast he was going, and turned abruptly in order to prevent the boat’s momentum from carrying it into the dock itself. His wife, expecting the dock to be there, casually stepped into thin air. She barely made a splash, and still held the line coiled in her hand. We pulled her out of …

Getting your Sailing Education is Easier Than Ever!

By: Schools

A good education combines practical experience with study – and nowhere is that more true than in the world of sailing. As important as it is to understand how a boat works, to learn the terminology, and to grasp the principles of navigation, it’s even more important to get hands-on learning time with the boat on the water. Until you’ve done it for yourself, there’s no way to really understand what sailing is like. With practice, you get a sense for how the boat moves through the water, whether the sails are trimmed properly, and how to read the conditions. …

Take a Coastal Navigation Sailing Course and Build Confidence

By: Standards

Long gone are the days when a sailor cruising alongside an unfamiliar coast had nothing but their compass and the principles of dead reckoning to go by. The age of GPS and electronic chartplotters is here, and with NOAA’s recent announcement that it would be discontinuing paper charts, it is clear that navigation has undergone a titanic shift. Far from making the fundamental principles of navigation obsolete, however, these changes reinforce just how important they are. GPS and other revolutionary electronic aids have greatly enhanced the sailor’s ability to get their position and travel safely, but they are of no …

ASA partners with NASA: “We will sail the Sea of Tranquility by 2020”

By: Standards

For Immediate Release – April 1, 2014 Following the recent announcement of worldwide partnerships with leading boat manufacturer Beneteau and peer-to-peer marketplace Boatbound, the American Sailing Association (ASA) is proud to embark on its latest alliance. In a press conference at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, the ASA and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched a new strategic partnership to increase awareness of sailing opportunities on the moon, vowing to establish a thriving lunar sailing community by 2020. “For too long, recreational sailing on the moon has been all but impossible for the average American,” said NASA …