In this lesson we take a look at some sailing terminology used when talking about wind. Learn what an easterly wind is and the difference between onshore and offshore breezes.
Exploring the Chesapeake Bay During the Arabella Cruise By Gwen Mayes American Sailing has partnered with the Manhattan Yacht Club to offer charter cruises on Arabella. This month ASA Members were on Arabella cruising the Chesapeake Bay. Aboard the vessel was Gwen Mayes, a writer and local expert who lent her expertise and local knowledge to the voyage. She put together this exploratory guide to the region for all ASA Members. The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States; the third largest in the world. It runs nearly 200 miles long and including all its tributaries is …
Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum “Sailing Alone Around the World” by Joshua Slocum is probably the most famous circumnavigation story ever written. Truly a classic, and a must read for anyone considering long distance cruising. Even a landlubber looking for an adventure story would enjoy the tale about the first man to circumnavigate the world alone at the end of the 19th century. No motor, no electricity, and no companion. Not even a pet. The gales, the calms, the grounding, the attacks, and the beauty are all described in Slocum’s simple style that is unique. And the …
The Little Blue Book of Sailing Wisdom is a unique book of quotes, verses, and traditional sailing axioms compiled by editor Stephen Brennan.
Sailing is an amazing sport, powered by wind and so close to the water – it’s impossible not to feel connected to nature – and that’s why we love it! This wonderful feeling comes in sharp contrast to the fact that whether you sail on a lake, river, bay or the open ocean, your waters are not as healthy as they could be. But the good news is you can make a difference and we are here to let you know how.
In the 1980s, a small group of volunteers in Texas rallied their community together to take a day to clean up their coastal area. They organized a team and trekked a couple miles of beach to remove a few bags of trash from the shoreline. Thirty years later, over 100 countries will be participating in an effort now known as International Coastal Cleanup Day (part of World Cleanup Day). Every year on the third saturday of September the world collectively attempts to clean the coast. Get out and do your part!
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.
Being part of a flotilla is the perfect way to test your new sailing skills with the safety net of having someone more experienced on hand if you need it!
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.