100,000 Facebook Fans

American Sailing Association Reaches 100,000 Facebook “Followers” over Thanksgiving Weekend

American Sailing Association Reaches 100,000 Facebook Followers over Thanksgiving Weekend – Number of Followers Doubles in Less Than One Year

LOS ANGELES – November 29, 2016 – The American Sailing Association (ASA), America’s sail education authority, is proud to announce that it attained a significant digital milestone over Thanksgiving weekend: 100,000 “Facebook followers”. Since the end of 2015, ASA has doubled its Facebook fan base by posting subject material that makes a direct connection with its followers’ interests. With 100,000 “page likes”, ASA is now one of the top five sailing-related pages on all of Facebook in terms of followers.

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Book Review : Finding North

Finding North — “How Navigation Makes Us Human” by George Michelsen Foy

Finding North is an interesting play on words as author Foy intertwines many aspects of navigation. He explores the history of navigation, the science of our modern GPS system and its weaknesses, the biology of human and animal navigation, the history of his great, great grandfather’s unfortunate shipwreck because of poor weather, and thus, lack of navigation, and a voyage up the eastern seacoast in his own sailboat using only navigation tools his great, great grandfather had available. In addition, Foy had recently lost his brother to illness so there’s an aspect of personal introspection as he deals with that loss and deciding in which direction his life should now go.

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Vendee Globe

The Vendee Globe

Whether you’re a cruiser or a racer, or both, you have to appreciate the Vendee Globe, which began this past weekend from the docks of the small French town of Le Sables d’Olonne. The Vendee (pronounced “Vonday”) is often referred to as sailing’s Mount Everest and for good reason. A non-stop single-handed race around the planet via the inhospitable Southern Ocean in foiling 60-foot carbon racing boats is not only challenging, it, like Everest, is death defying. Two sailors have died since the contest was introduced in 1989 and frankly, one would think, more could have suffered the same fate. In nearly every edition of the Vendee, daring rescues involving fellow racers take place – fellow racers because where these sailors run into trouble is usually in areas where no one but other competitors would dare to tread.
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Outstanding Instructor Kathy Struchen 

Captain Kathy Struchen started sailing after she first came out of college when her boyfriend (now husband) introduced her to scuba diving. Through the various locations they went to dive, sailboats would be around and it wasn’t long before she got the bug. Between diving and sailing the couple knew being on the water was what they loved most and began to figure out how to make it a more substantial part of their lives. They did and today she is being recognized as one of the American Sailing Association’s Outstanding Instructors. 

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Plastic Change

Sailing for Science

One of the great things about sailing is its appeal to varying personality types. If you’re a competitive spirit, then racing is probably your bag; if adventure starts your engine, then cruising will quench your thirst. Maybe drinking wine on the water is how you like to pass the time so that cal 25 that only leaves the dock when the kids come around is just fine with you – it’s still sailing as far as you’re concerned!

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