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2017 Outstanding Instructors

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.

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Docking Made Easy Video - Fenders

Docking Made Easy: Fenders

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.

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Navigation Quiz

Navigation Quiz

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.

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Sailors For The Sea

Exciting News For Sailors for the Sea

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 ( whose proclaimed mission statement is: “Engaging, educating, inspiring, and activating the boating community to protect the waters we all love to recreate on.

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Cruising Catalina Island on a Catamaran

A Sailor Gets a Refresher Course

Peter Isler
By Peter Isler
© 2018 Isler Sailing International

In my life as a professional sailor, I log thousands of miles a year under sail and spend many days and nights afloat. But it’s all about racing – I (almost) never go “cruising”. Sure, like any sailor, I dream of heading off into the sunset (say a South Pacific sunset) with my loved ones on a beautiful wooden schooner – cast off the ties of civilization and all that good stuff. But half of my “day job” is probably pretty similar to yours – stuck behind my laptop and tethered to my cell phone – and the other half requires getting on an airplane and flying to some beautiful place to sail on some incredible boats – with some of the best racing sailors in the world. Ah, the good old treadmill.

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VOR Southern Ocean

The Southern Ocean Shows No Mercy

We really enjoy following the Volvo Ocean Race and this year’s race has been phenomenal. In the past it’s always been a flurry of media coverage at the starts/finishes with the occasional live interview via satellite phone during the race. They’ve had the live trackers for a long time and they’ve had onboard cameras for quite a while but the coverage of the 2017-18 edition race is nothing short of jaw dropping. With a daily live show including analysis and interviews, and frequent video updates from the boats posted on social media you can watch everything as it happens. And with each boat having the ability to capture aerial footage using a drone (even while sailing at 20+ knots) the quality of coverage is unbelievable.

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Hands Across The Sea Sweepstakes - Thank You

Meet the Sweepstakes Winners!

First, thank you to everyone who entered/donated in the 2017 American Sailing Association / Hands Across the Sea Caribbean Getaway Sweepstakes which was held during the month of October. Over 670 ASA members turned out, donating over $44,464 to help Hands Across the Sea restore over 50 damaged school libraries and provide much-needed books and literacy resources to children on the island of Dominica, which suffered a direct hit by a Category 5 hurricane in September. Horizon Yacht Charters and Elite Island Resorts donated some awesome prizes (see below). A big thank-you to everyone who stepped up and participated in the Sweepstakes!

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History of Yachting

History of the Yacht (Part 1)

When does a boat become a yacht? One answer has always been, you can tell a yacht when you see one. But, It really has nothing to do with size of the boat, weight of the boat, its style, sleeping quarters, heads, tillers, or a wheel. A yacht is a boat that was designed for the express pleasure of its owner.

The yacht is an invention of the 14th century Dutch. The Dutch used small, fast boats for chasing smugglers, pirates and criminals. Rich ship owners and merchants began using these small “jaghts” to sail out to celebrate their returning merchant ships. It quickly became chic to use these “jaghts” to take friends out just for pleasure.

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