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What Is It Quiz

What Is It Quiz

“What is it?” we ask. Here is a seven question quiz that will expose you as the genius everyone knows you are or the not-so genius everyone has accepted you as…Either way, have fun!

  • What is the Saloon?
    1. The area of a boat used for dining and lounging.Of course!
    2. The aft deck of a center cockpit boat.Nope, that’s called the “aft deck!”
    3. The part of the boat where the toilet and shower reside.That’s wrong, so please don’t pee in the saloon!
    4. There is no area of a boat called “the saloon”.But there is!
  • Weather helm is:
    1. When a sailboat becomes completely un-steerable in heavy weather situations.Not a bad guess all things considered but no…
    2. The tendency for a boat (when sailing) to head up into the wind.Yes!
    3. A rudder system that is attached by through-bolts made of brass.That is definitely not what weather helm is…
    4. Occurs when weather is so severe hand steering (as opposed to autopilot) is the only option.You’re guessing but at least you picked something kind of logical…
  • What is a “short sheet?”
    1. It’s a type of all-purpose knot that is usually used on jib-sheets.It’s not a knot but if it were, we think you would not know how to tie it!
    2. It’s another name for a storm jib.Nope, it’s a sheet…
    3. It’s the sheet used expressly for storm jibs.You’re getting warmer but that’s not right
    4. It’s a temporary sheet used to relieve the load on a working sheet.Correct! Nice job!
  • What is a Zephyr?
    1. A gentle breeze.Ah yes, that is right.
    2. A strong current.No, guess again!
    3. A passing shower.Incorrect, but now you know what a Zephyr is not!
    4. A morning fog bank.That is wrong, but your next guess will have better odds!
  • What is a stanchion?
    1. An area on a nautical chart that denotes an obstruction.Nope, a stanchion is not on any chart…that’s funny.
    2. An occurrence that involves two sailboats on exactly the same course and tack, traveling at the same speed.Sorry, that’s quite wrong.
    3. A metal post that supports lifelines.You got it! Don’t forget to wash those grimy things!
    4. A removable piece of hardware used to lower the anchor from a bowsprit.Uh, no…don’t feel bad. On second thought maybe feel a little bad. Try again!
  • What is a binnacle?
    1. The stand where the boat’s main compass is mounted.Not an easy one – good job!
    2. A ring shaped piece of hardware used to divest loads.Sounds like the answer for something just not this…
    3. A very small screw that holds the compass needle in place.Haha – no…
    4. A latch that secures lockers and compartments.It does sound like it would do that but that’s not right.
  • What is a hank?
    1. A piece of lightweight cloth used to measure wind speed and direction.Incorrect. Although perhaps you could use a “hanky” for that…
    2. A low friction ring that can sometimes replace the need for blocks.There is such a thing but it is not a hank.
    3. A metal clip or fabric used to attach a sail’s luff to a stay.Bravo!
    4. A fitting that connects hoses, typically in the plumbing system.No, but that’s not an awful guess.
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Summer Sailstice

Summer Sailstice – Let’s All Go Sailing Together on June 23rd.

Every year the Summer Sailstice gets a bit more popular and a lot more fun. For the uninitiated this event… well, it’s not really an event, it’s a weekend designated for doing sailing related things, wherever you happen to be. On the weekend of June 23 and 24 many sailing schools, yacht clubs, sailing organizations and all kinds of other small groups who love sailing will be either organizing a Summer Sailstice event or participating in one.

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500k Certified Sailors

More People Introduced to the Sailing Lifestyle by ASA Than Any Other Boating Organization Worldwide

Number of sailors certified by American Sailing Association surpasses 500,000

LOS ANGELES – April 18, 2018 – The American Sailing Association (ASA), America’s premiere sail education authority, announced today that it recently exceeded the major milestone of certifying half a million sailors. Since the Association was first founded in 1983, its affiliated schools and instructors have taught and certified over 507,000 people to ASA’s 101 Keelboat Sailing standard. Since many ASA members have moved on to receive their ASA 103 and 104 certifications, the organization has issued more than one million certifications over the past 35 years.

None of this could have happened without our very fine association of sailing professionals, organizations and businesses centered around our progressive educational system,” said Lenny Shabes, ASA’s Chairman of the Board. “United in promoting safety on the water and stimulating the sport of sailing everywhere, ASA has emerged as the clear global leader in sailing education.

ASA credits much of its growth to its focus on building a solid base of over 350 affiliated sailing schools, which together employ nearly 2,000 certified instructors. “Our schools are key drivers of issuing more ASA certifications because they are located on the front lines of student acquisition,” said Charlie Nobles, executive director of ASA. “By illustrating that sailing is fun, exciting, safe, easy to learn and surprisingly affordable, our schools will remain at the core of our business strategy.”

In addition to leveraging its affiliates, ASA continues to attract new people to the sport via new sailing programs, such as a resort program designed to introduce entire families to sailing, innovative partnerships and sponsorships, cutting-edge mobile apps (for instruction, play and networking with other sailors or captains) and more.

Going over the 500,000 certified sailors mark is also good news for the sailing industry,” said Shabes. “More sailors on the water signals an increased demand for boats, sailing apparel, sailing gear, and other marine-related products and services.

About the American Sailing Association
The American Sailing Association (ASA) has been the leader in U.S. sailing education for 35 years. The Association has grown to include an international network of more than 350 professionally accredited sailing schools. More than one million certifications have been awarded to over 507,000 people who have been introduced to sailing through ASA schools, clubs and programs since 1983. For more information, visit

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Ken Brown and ASA in China

Meet Ken Brown, ASA’s Man in China

Ken BrownPlease meet Ken Brown of Saint Petersburg, Florida. He is ASA’s man in China. The first thing I have to tell you about Ken is that he holds nearly every 200-level certification that ASA offers, including ones that I did not know existed like the 2000-level powerboat certifications. This means that Ken is also an ASA IE Instructor Evaluator and ASA FE Facility Evaluator. In total, he has two dozen ASA certifications. When taking into account that 200/2000-level instructors implicitly also hold their 100/1000-level counterparts, Ken’s total ASA certification count jumps over forty. Ken is also a 500-Ton USCG Master Any Waters and a 3000-Ton International.

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International Boating and Water Safety Summit

The 22nd annual International Boating and Water Safety Summit (IBWSS) was held in Lexington, Kentucky from 04 March to 07 March 2018. The IBWSS is hosted by the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), the National Water Safety Congress (NWSC), and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). NSBC is currently celebrating its 60th year.

There were approximately 20 exhibitors and 200 attendees from federal and state government, non-profit, industry and academic organizations. The conference consisted of a series of general sessions as well as a number of break-out presentations.

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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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