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!
One the absolute greatest things about sailing with kids is how it brings families together. There may be no better place on earth for bonding than on and around the family sailboat. Lessons can be taught, fences can be mended and lifelong memories can be established in the very special environment and small confines of a sailboat.Continue Reading
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.
A sailor’s task is to keep watch over the oceans & waterways and it’s our duty to be responsible and not leave it in worse condition than when we found it.Continue Reading
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.
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.
The MarkSetBot is the world’s first robotic race mark, which allows a race committee to set up or change a race mark more quickly and accurately.Continue Reading
Go Sailing, sailing’s free social-media app that keeps sailors connected and sailing, is very excited to announce an update which will expand and refine its services to be available internationally. Part of the update will include trip list filters for an enhanced browsing experience and the ability to schedule sailing related events worldwide.Continue Reading
The Hunter Vision 32 is a production boat built in the late 80s that stepped outside the norm with its free-standing mast.Continue Reading
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.