Heaving to (to heave to and to be hove to) involves parking the boat while out at sea. It’s easy to do but it takes a little practice as every boat is different!Continue Reading
After a solid two hours of sailing in perfect conditions, more white caps begin to emerge and the sky seems irritated. You know the mood of the wind is changing and, as a sailor, know you’ll be adjusting along with it.Continue Reading
Okay, you’ve checked out of 101, 103 & 104 and the sailing fever is still burning strong. You need to either check into a hospital or buy your first boat – you choose the latter. But what kind should you get? The magazines and websites have you drooling over boats that have tempted you with their sex appeal or indestructible capabilities and you are leaning in every direction.
We know that learning to sail can be overwhelming and there is a lot to take in. In an effort to help we’ve created a series of “Bite Sized Lessons” taken straight out or our textbooks – Sailing Made Easy and Coastal Cruising Made Easy.
In this lesson we take a look at what happens when there is a “man overboard” and learn the important Y.T.P.S.C. acronym that reminds us what the first 5 steps should always be.
In part 1 of this topic we covered apps that measured directions, distances and trim. This time, we cover apps that convert measurements and perform calculations made onboard and a couple of apps that display readouts otherwise done by conventional instrument displays. As before, here are the main features; look to their Google Play Store download listing for more details and features.
And Soon I Heard a Roaring Wind: A Natural History of Moving Air by Bill Streever
The author, Bill Streever, does a fabulous job using his career as a biologist to make a book about the wind very interesting. Perhaps it’s my sailing or flying background, but the research and history uncovered and explained by the author turn a somewhat boring topic to most people into a good read. On the scientific side, the author covers topics about the science of wind and what causes it, and its destructive force on many things it touches. From famous storms and shipwrecks to the Dust Bowl and wars, the wind has played an important role in shaping history and lives around the world. It has both advanced civilizations and promoted transportation of goods and destroyed cities and taken many lives.
No looking at the internet! Here’s a fun quiz (jeopardy style) to see who are the real celebrities of our sailing world. When the results are in, we’ll let you know who’s who and who’s not who!
ASA’s Outstanding Instructors are selected each year solely as a result of student surveys. Based on the volume of student feedback received throughout the year, instructors are placed into one of three groups.
The award then goes to the top ten highest average scores in each group. Considering that there are over two thousand active ASA instructors, this places the Outstanding Instructors in the top 1½% of their peers for quality education as judged by their own customers.
ASA’s Sailing Challenge app is a cutting-edge mobile gaming app designed as a fun learning aid to help illustrate the principles of sailing – now updated!Continue Reading
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“Go Sailing” Social Networking App Goes National
V3 of iOS and Android App for Sailing Community Also Enhances User Experience
LOS ANGELES – January 11, 2017 – Go Sailing has released a nationwide version of its innovative social networking app which connects people interested in sharing the experience of sailing. A simple and user-friendly solution created for skippers needing crew and sailors wanting to sail, Go Sailing (formerly Kroocial) launched in the San Francisco Bay Area in March 2013. Having quickly developed a large community of passionate users in Northern California, Go Sailing was introduced in the Los Angeles area in July 2016 and now offers a much improved version for both iOS and Android to sailors across the country. The app is available to download for free, and no membership is required.