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ASA Outstanding Instructor 2016

2016 Outstanding Instructors

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.

All 2016 Outstanding Instructors received a Silver Spinnaker Utility Case from Sailor Bags including a personalized “Outstanding Sailing Instructor” embroidery, as shown above.

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Sailing Challenge v1.1

Sailing Challenge App Update

Our popular Sailing Challenge app has just received an update!

ASA’s Sailing Challenge is a cutting-edge mobile gaming app designed as a fun learning aid to help illustrate the principles of sailing in a rich interactive and entertaining environment. Download Now >

Five Star Rating
“The game is great because the boat speed responds to sail trim changes just like a real sailboat. If you are competitive like me – Sailing Challenge helps a sailor learn to stay focused – to minimize distance sailed and to keep the sheets out of the cleat. I’m constantly trying new things to beat my personal best time around the marina course!”
Peter Isler, 2 Time America’s Cup Winner

New Features

Updated Sail Trim Module

In the new version of the game we don’t only teach you the sail trim for each point of sail, we put you to the test! Have you got what it takes to trim the sails perfectly every time?
Sailing Challenge v1.1 Trim Test iPhone

New Practice Mode

Explore the marina course and fine tune your sailing skills without the pressure of a ticking clock… just enjoy a nice leisurely sail…
Sailing Challenge v1.1 Practice Android

Share Your Results & Challenge Your Friends

Now you can easily share your fastest times around the sailing courses on social media! Post your personal best and challenge your friends to see if they can beat you!
Sailing Challenge v1.1 Share Facebook
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Go Sailing V3 Nationwide Launch Press Release

“Go Sailing” Social Networking App Goes National

“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.

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Docking Made Easy Video - Returning Under Power

ASA “Wraps” Docking Made Easy Free Educational Video Series

ASA “Wraps” Docking Made Easy Free Educational Video Series
Fourth and Final Offering Teaches Sailors About “Returning to the Dock Under Power”

LOS ANGELES – January 4, 2017 – The American Sailing Association (ASA), America’s sail education authority, announced today that it has published the fourth and final video in its educational series, Docking Made Easy. As the title suggests, “Returning to the Dock Under Power” addresses all of the necessary and important factors to consider when returning a sailboat back to the dock under power.

Presented by Cruising World in association with Beneteau America, and available exclusively on, the complimentary video series features sailing legend Peter Isler using animation, illustrations and live action footage to explain the principles of docking a sailing boat under sail or under power in a variety of scenarios. All four Docking Made Easy videos, each approximately five minutes or less in duration, are based on copyright learning material contained in ASA textbooks “Sailing Made Easy” and “Basic Cruising Made Easy”.

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Unusual Boat Designs

Sailboat designs haven’t changed much over the decades – it obviously works and as the rule goes “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it“. However, that doesn’t stop people from trying something new and thinking outside the box. We take a look at some of the more unusual sailboat designs that naval architects have come up with recently… whether or not any of them will become the norm remains to be seen….

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100,000 Facebook Fans

American Sailing Association Reaches 100,000 Facebook “Followers” over Thanksgiving Weekend

American Sailing Association Reaches 100,000 Facebook Followers over Thanksgiving Weekend – Number of Followers Doubles in Less Than One Year

LOS ANGELES – November 29, 2016 – The American Sailing Association (ASA), America’s sail education authority, is proud to announce that it attained a significant digital milestone over Thanksgiving weekend: 100,000 “Facebook followers”. Since the end of 2015, ASA has doubled its Facebook fan base by posting subject material that makes a direct connection with its followers’ interests. With 100,000 “page likes”, ASA is now one of the top five sailing-related pages on all of Facebook in terms of followers.

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Hands Across The Sea Sweepstakes Winners

Hands Across The Sea Sweepstakes Winners

Back in September of this year the ASA partnered with Horizon Yacht Charters and Elite Island Resorts to support the mission of Hands Across the Sea, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising child literacy levels in the Eastern Caribbean. The sweepstakes raised over $25,000 that will help Hands provide much-needed books and literacy resources to children from pre-school to high school in the Eastern Caribbean. A big thank-you to everyone who made a donation! Continue reading to find out who won…

Grand Prize
One Week Horizon Yacht Charters BVI Bareboat Charter

Angela and Bill Steitzer from Bellevue, Nebraska

Congratulations to Bill and Angie Steitzer of Nebraska, our grand prize winners.  Bill and Angie are leisure and competitive sailors; primarily sailing their Capri 22 which they trailer and sail on lakes around the Midwest. Keen sailors, they just returned from racing a Jeanneau 47 at the NOOD regatta in the BVI and Bill has been teaching sailing since 2006. A mission-oriented couple, they are pleased to support the ASA’s efforts to raise money for child literacy in the Eastern Caribbean and Hands Across the Sea.

Horizon Yacht Charters

Horizon Yacht Charters delivers immaculate yachts and first-class service. With four stunning Caribbean charter destinations to choose from, Horizon offers the very best sailing vacation each region has to offer: monohull or multihull, bareboat or crewed. Horizon can assist you with flight information, hotel accommodation, yacht provisioning, watersport rentals, and other services. Horizon can also help you with ASA-certified sailing instruction, learning to dive, going parasailing, or getting married on a deserted beach! Horizon wants you to have the sailing vacation of a lifetime, and their many years of experience means meticulous attention to detail and a superior level of personalized customer service.

Second Prize
Elite Island Resort Stay

Lisa Palcher from Poughkeepsie, New York

ASA member Lisa Palcher lives near and sails on the Hudson River. She grew up sailing a Sunfish and loves being on the water. She expanded her skillset with ASA sailing courses and has chartered twice in the BVI. She has also helped her friends deliver boats from Canada down the Hudson, into the ICW and along the East Coast to the Bahamas. She believes in education and is happy to support the ASA’s and Hands Across the Sea’s child literacy efforts in the Caribbean.

The Verandah Resort & SpaSt. James’s Club, Morgan Bay

The Verandah Resort & Spa, on beautiful Antigua, and the St. James’s Club, Morgan Bay, on stunning St. Lucia, are famed for their fine dining and fun, family-oriented watersports and activities. Elite Island Resorts offers world-class vacations in Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, the Grenadines, and Panama.

Third Prize
Elite Island Resort Stay

Greg & Sara Culling from Portland, Oregon

Meet third prize winners Greg and Sara Culling. Sara grew up sailing Hobie 18s with her dad in Texas. A Southern California boy, Greg sailed lasers. They met in Baltimore in 2009 and jumped into sailing bigger boats at the San Diego Sailing Academy where they took ASA courses 101 to 104. “Sailing is an amazing sport,” says Greg and they hope to go bluewater cruising someday. In the meantime, their charter adventures have taken them to the BVI (where they honeymooned) Croatia, and the Whitsundays of Australia. They now sail the waters of beautiful Puget Sound. This was their third time giving to Hands Across the Sea and entering the sweepstakes and we are grateful for their loyal support!

The Verandah Resort & SpaSt. James’s Club, Morgan Bay

The Verandah Resort & Spa, on beautiful Antigua, and the St. James’s Club, Morgan Bay, on stunning St. Lucia, are famed for their fine dining and fun, family-oriented watersports and activities. Elite Island Resorts offers world-class vacations in Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, the Grenadines, and Panama.

Founded by bluewater sailors Tom and Harriet Linskey in 2007, Hands Across the Sea, a U.S. 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, has been raising child literacy levels in the Eastern Caribbean by sending new books asked for by teachers and school principals, creating and rejuvenating lending libraries (usually at schools), and fostering sustainability with ongoing monitoring and support.

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Selah in the Storm by Captain Ana Donovitch

Selah in the Storm

Captain Ann Brainard began sailing as a young girl on Lake Michigan. A few years later, Captain Bob Kruk hopped on board his own sailboat on the eastern Great Lakes. Many boats later, Ann and Bob met and left it all—suburbia and business careers—to go sailing full time. Preparation began in 2008 that included earning their American Sailing Association Instructor Certifications and USCG Captains licenses.

Selah in the Storm by Captain Ana Donovitch
Selah in the Storm by Captain Ana Donovitch

Ann’s book, Selah in the Storm written under her pen name of Ana Donovitch, has just been released. From the deck of a sun-kissed sailboat off the coast of the Florida Keys, to the fluorescent-lit hallways of the trauma unit, this true story takes you on a suspenseful adventure of a husband and wife ASA Instructor team as they pursue their dreams of a sailing school. In the moments of a sunset, TRAUMA hits them not at sea, but on the coral gravel of the roadside. Ann and Bob’s story of going for their dream and turning the winds of trauma inspires hope, humor, and the realization that no matter what the circumstances, we always have a choice.