News-2016-07-GO SAILING App-Featured

ASA Launches GO SAILING

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

Popular Networking Tool for Sailing Community Available in Apple App Store

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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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reef

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

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AMERICAN SAILING ASSOCIATION RELEASES CRUISING CATAMARANS MADE EASY

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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Elements Quiz

Elements Quiz

We talk a lot about boats, their related systems and the techniques to use them to sail the best we can. However, it’s also very important to have a solid understanding of the elements we all find ourselves in whenever we untie and cast off. Take a crack at this quiz that focuses on just that – tides, fog, currents… that kind of stuff. This quiz is created from the information found in ASA’s 104 Bareboat Cruising Made Easy textbook. Good luck!

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Interview Boyan Slat / The Ocean Cleanup

Boyan Slat Interview

ASA caught up with Boyan Slat last week to discuss how his large scale environmental project, The Ocean Cleanup, is progressing. A year after their historic Mega Expedition, the OC scientists have spent countless hours in the lab analyzing results as well as testing a scale model of the innovative baffle system that’s designed to collect harmful plastics in all the world’s oceans. The prototype will soon be deployed in the notoriously ferocious North Sea. Watch the video and read the official press release below…

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kim walther

She’s a Lifer

Kim Walther started her sailing life as just a little bean and has continued throughout her entire life, so it’s no surprise that she has and still does make her living on the water, tacking and jibing nearly every day. She began as a toddler sailing the Bahamas with her parents and never stopped. She sailed in high school, was on the team in college and during that time achieved a 100-ton Captain’s license.
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