Splicing Modern Ropes

Book Review : Splicing Modern Ropes

Splicing Modern Ropes : A Practical Handbook by Jan-Willem Polman

As the sub-title suggests this is a very practical handbook on splicing ropes, all kinds of ropes. But that’s not all it covers. The book starts with a very good description of the new synthetic fibers and what differentiates them. Breaking loads and safe working loads are discussed, as well as, stretch and creep in the various materials.

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David Whidden, Outstanding Instructor

A Sailor’s Life

Growing up in St. Petersburg Florida David Whidden was surrounded by boats and lived his life on the water and at the beach. He said that, as a kid, sailing held a particular mysterious romantic quality and from that, a lifelong bond was formed.

Whidden became a USCG 100 Ton Master of Sail working both as charter and delivery captain and thus, has sailed all over the planet. He’s cruised the waters of Fiji, Seychelles, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean Central and South America – to name just a few. At 20 he sailed a traditional Belizian mahogony dugout over 100 miles along the Barrier reef and out to the atolls and back.

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Olympic Sailing In Rio 2016

Olympic Sailing in Rio 2016

There are two competitions in the sport of sailing where the general public actually takes a bit of notice. One is the age-old America’s Cup and the other is the Olympic games that begin tomorrow. Right now Rio is alive and buzzing as the opening ceremonies for the biggest sporting event in the world are about to be unveiled. And this time next week (the 8th through the 19th) sailors from all around the globe will collect in Marina da Glória and duke it out for shiny medals, podium positions and the chance to fulfill life-long dreams.

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Sailing Challenge App iPhone

Sailing Challenge Now Available in the Apple Store and Google Play

Sailing Challenge Now Available in the Apple Store and Google Play
American Sailing Association Taps Atari Founder to Develop Exciting and Instructive Sailing Game

LOS ANGELES – July 25, 2016 – The American Sailing Association (ASA), America’s sail education authority, continues to establish the leading edge in sailing education with a cutting-edge, new mobile gaming app called Sailing Challenge. Originally designed as a teaching aid for ASA instructors to help illustrate the principles of sailing in a rich interactive and entertaining format, the app has quickly turned into a fun game to play regardless of the user’s level of sailing experience.

The American Sailing Association has been responsible for almost one million ‘aha moments’ on the water,” said Lenny Shabes, ASA’s Chairman of the Board. “We now hope to introduce another million people to that ‘aha moment’, this time aboard their personal mobile devices.

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American Sailing Association Launches New Version of “Go Sailing” Mobile App

Popular Networking Tool for Sailing Community Available in Apple App Store


LOS ANGELES – July 21, 2016 – The American Sailing Association (ASA), America’s sail education authority, has released a new version of its innovative “GO SAILING” iOS mobile app which connects people interested in sharing the experience of sailing. Acquired by ASA, GO SAILING (formerly Kroocial) was first launched in the San Francisco Bay Area in March 2013 with the mission of making sailing accessible to everyone from novices to salty dogs, and to promote a healthy and active lifestyle. A simple and user-friendly solution for skippers needing crew and sailors wanting to sail, GO SAILING quickly developed a large community of passionate users.

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Reefing is Important

Ah yes…it’s summer and life is sweet. Air temps are 80-plus, the water is warming up and you haven’t put on a pair of long-pants for at least six weeks. Sailing is part of your weekly routine now and sometimes your face actually gets sore from the constant smiling. This is all great – we endorse this of course, but sometimes it’s this very euphoria that can lead to a complacency that could end in problems. We don’t want that. We’re talking about reefing – a foreign concept for some, a tried and failed practice for others, a studied and untried theory for the academics in the house and an important and often used skill for real sailors.

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Docking Under Power, Part II - Departing A Slip

Docking Under Power, Part II – Departing A Slip

Today the American Sailing Association, in association with Benateau America and Cruising World magazine is releasing another instructional video in the Docking Made Easy series entitled Departing A Slip. This detailed tutorial is the second installment of a three video set that addresses the many factors of handling a keelboat under power – specifically backing the boat out of the slip. Sailing legend Peter Isler walks us through the process using animations, illustrations and live action footage.

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Cruising Catamarans Made Easy

ASA Releases Catamarans Made Easy Textbook


Textbook is Fourth in Sail Education Leader’s Best-Selling Sailing Made Easy Series

LOS ANGELES – June 14, 2016 – The American Sailing Association (ASA), America’s sail education authority, has announced the publication of Cruising Catamarans Made Easy, the new official manual for its Catamaran Cruising Course (ASA 114). Focused exclusively on how to operate a cruising catamaran, the newest book in ASA’s instructive and engaging Sailing Made Easy series highlights the unique art of sailing a larger catamaran with its distinctive characteristics and operating systems.

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