Lights Quiz

Quiz on Lights

We all know we need nav lights for when the sun goes down but it’s important to understand what we are looking at when we see the lights on other boats – they all tell a story. It’s also necessary to know the rules surrounding lights. Here’s a short quiz to test your knowledge. Good luck!

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Flotillas: Advanced Concentrated Learning and Fun!

Flotillas: Advanced Concentrated Learning and Fun!

The way a person becomes a solid sailor is about as varied as anything there is. Some learn from their great grand pappy; maybe others buy a boat and figure it out on their own. There are endless paths towards the final goal of becoming a competent sea-dog, but obviously we here at ASA, have a path we advocate that we believe is most effective. That path revolves around the concept of acquiring knowledge and skill from a trained certified professional, then utilizing what’s been learned in a real-world environment. And when it comes to late-stage core fundamental training, we believe participating in flotillas is an excellent idea.

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Is the America’s Cup Good for the Sport of Sailing?

Is the America’s Cup Good for the Sport of Sailing?

These days, just mention the words “America’s Cup” to any group of sailors and it’s likely that in no more than a few minutes they’ll all be arguing. Gone are the times when this same contingent would wait with bated breath, unified by their love of sailing, to see what beauty would be incarnated for this very special gentlemen’s match race around the buoys – a race that only happens every three or four years. Gorgeous boats would be designed especially for this occasion– the oldest and most dignified major sporting event in existence. Common sailors would await the unveiling of the world’s most foremost yacht designers’ creations only to be sailed by the world’s most decorated and respected sailors. What could be better? What could ever corrupt such bliss? The answer: foiling multihulls.

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SAIL: A tribute to the world’s greatest races, sailors and their boats by TIMOTHY JEFFERY

SAIL: A tribute to the world’s greatest races, sailors and their boats

SAIL: A tribute to the world’s greatest races, sailors and their boats
by TIMOTHY JEFFERY

If you like racing sailboats, then you will not find a better written or more beautiful book, Period. Jeffery’s has done a superb job researching and describing the great races around the world. Plus, the photos are fabulous which make this a unique book that will be a classic on any serious racer’s book shelf, as well as an inspiration to those just starting.

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Dinghy in a Shoe Box

According to a press release recently received at ASA, a Canadian boatbuilding company in Halifax — Barium Boatbuilding, Ltd. — has just announced the ultimate in portable dinghy design. Called the “Mighty-Mini” (they’re searching for a better name), the dinghy is shipped in a container roughly the side of a man’s shoebox.
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