Here is the second installment of our interview with the youngest sailor to sail around the world alone, Laura Dekker. In this part Laura speaks of her undying love for sailing, a fame that won’t go away and a future that involves educating young people, informed by this incredible experience…
The IBWSS is hosted by the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), the National Water Safety Congress (NWSc), and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).
There were approximately twenty exhibitors and two hundred attendees from federal and state government, non-profit industry, and academic organizations.
The conference consisted of a series of general sessions as well as a number of breakout presentations. The United States Coast Guard (USCG) Office of Recreational Boating Safety’s Verne Gifford, Chief, CG-BSX-2, provided an update during the general session. Among the safety concerns was the improving, but still low, percentage of boaters wearing PFDs.
If you have been to the Miami Boat show, you know that it is interesting and eagerly attended by the area’s extensive boating community. Maybe it’s the weather and all that warm water. People seem to have a good time.
ASA has selected the Outstanding Instructors of the Year for 2017. Of all the ASA instructors who were active and eligible in 2017, the top 32 are listed below, representing 31 different locations across 13 states, and 3 countries. The process by which these instructors were determined was completely objective, derived by a formula that weighs the number of student surveys generated, the number of completed surveys actually submitted, and the average instructor score across all submitted surveys with 4.00 as the highest possible average score.
Hanging fenders is something we all have to do, but new sailors might be wondering about the correct way to accomplish this common task. So, for them, we have created a simple straight-forward video that shows exactly what to do. In this tutorial we demonstrate the knots recommended for adhering fenders and the correct areas for placement. More seasoned sailors can use this video to send to beginner crew thereby getting them involved with a basic but necessary job.
Sailing in Key West after the Hurricane
A Perspective By Bob Solliday, USCG Captain and ASA Instructor
Many have heard the tales of destruction that hurricane Irma left in her wake. The worst of the damage occurred in the middle keys near Marathon and Isla Morada where the eye of the storm hit. The deaths, the flooding, and the wind damage were unbelievable. And the storm surge seemed to obliterate everything in its path. Homes and businesses were destroyed, boats and marinas wiped out, and, in some cases, entire keys defoliated.
Key West got hit hard, but it did not get the worst of it. Certainly, homes were damaged and the roads covered with debris, but thanks to a lot of hard work Duval Street was functioning and open for business at the end of October. Many of the boats on weak moorings were lost and can be seen aground in the mangroves or up in the shallow areas. But most of the boats in the marinas survived, and the fishing boats, SCUBA boats, and sunset boats are open for business.
Kimber Tracy, the owner of Key West Sailing Academy (keywestsailingacademy.com), had booked a 103, 104, and 114 combined private course for two weeks after the hurricane and that definitely was not going to work. The school boats which had been tied securely in the Key West Harbour Marina had some minor damage to repair, but the entire Key West area was not ready for tourists. She rescheduled the couple for the end of October and I flew down to teach them.
The American Sailing Association has been partners with Hands Across the Sea for many years. Hands Across the Sea is dedicated to raising the literacy levels of Eastern Caribbean children. Every year we host a Caribbean Getaway Sweepstakes to help raise money, and awareness, for this good cause. Last year ASA members helped raise over $44,464!
Navigation is the heart of sailing but not everyone is up to speed. Here’s a fun little navigation quiz to get a feeling for where you are.
Beyond sailing, the American Sailing Association is most committed to issues revolving around protecting the oceans and waterways that we so passionately care about. To that end, ASA keeps a close eye on and in some cases partners with organizations that share that same concern. One of those is Sailors for the Sea (sailorsforthesea.org) whose proclaimed mission statement is: “Engaging, educating, inspiring, and activating the boating community to protect the waters we all love to recreate on.”
In the years between 2008 and 2010 the sailing world and beyond saw a wave of very young sailors embarking upon monstrous undertakings that would give pause to the most seasoned mariners. California sailor Zac Sunderland circled the globe alone in his Islander 36 becoming the first person under 18 to accomplish the journey. His sister Abby attempted to be the youngest unassisted non-stop but dismasted in the Indian Ocean. Months later, Aussie Jessica Watson became the holder of that honor and in August of 2009 British sailor Mike Perham would circle the globe and become the youngest solo round-the-world sailor. All of these young adventurers were between 16 and 17 and their actions stirred enormous controversy, but when in that same year 14-year old Laura Dekker from the Netherlands announced that she planned on sailing around the world alone in her 38’ Jeanneau ketch, Guppy, people lost their minds.