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Arabella 12 Metre World Championship

Watch the International 12 Metre World Championship from the Megayacht Arabella

Pull up a chair and take the best seat in the house aboard the luxurious 157-foot three-masted schooner Arabella for a cruise from New York Harbor to attend the International 12 Metre World Championship being held off Newport Rhode Island from July 8th -13th. That’s right! ASA and the Arabella crew are teaming up again to offer you the best view on the racecourse for the 12 Meter Worlds in Newport.  

This trip includes a night in New York Harbor, then a sail up the East River past the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge through the infamous tidal strait Hell Gate, up into picturesque Long Island Sound to Narragansett Bay and to historic Newport Rhode Island for fun parties, exciting racing, and prestigious award ceremonies, all while occupying a luxury stateroom on one of the most beautiful three-masted schooners in the world.

Arabella New York

The 12 Metre World Championship will be the largest gathering ever of 12 Meter yachts in the United States.  It will feature more than two dozen boats from seven countries and International teams comprised of the best sailors in the world including America’s Cup veterans and Olympic medalists representing Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Norway, and the United States.

The 112-year-old Class encompasses a living history of racing yacht design by the world’s foremost naval architects. The twelves represent the pinnacle of yacht development from 1907-1987 for the highest levels of international sailing competition and were sailed in the Olympic games (1908-1920) and the America’s Cup (1958-1987). If you are interested in participating in this fabulous experience please go to asa.com/arabella/12-metre-world-championship/om/arabella/interest-form/. The fabulous Owner Staterooms are available for $3,450/person and other staterooms are available from $1,890/person. All prices are based on double occupancy.

The Itinerary

Saturday, July 6th @ 4 pm
Guests may begin boarding Arabella in NY Harbor  

Sunday, July 7th @ 8 am
Arabella gets underway to Newport RI

Monday, July 8th @ 8am
A day of sightseeing ashore in Newport RI, tour mansions, etc.

Tuesday, July 9th through Friday, July 12th
Arabella will go out to watch the races which start at approximately 11 am.

There are also official events in the evenings that guests can attend if they so wish:
  • Welcome Ceremonies at IYRS on Tuesday, July 9th. Tickets are $55 each.
  • Awards Ceremony at the Newport Shipyard on Saturday, July 13th. Tickets are $60 each.
  • After Sailing Gathering at Sail Newport on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Tickets are $100/person for all 4 days.

Saturday, July 13th @ 12 noon
Arabella will go out to watch the Parade of Sail followed by an awards ceremony at IYRS Restoration Hall. Awards ceremony tickets are $60 each. After the festivities the Arabella departs for a night sail back to New York.  

Sunday, July 14 @ 10 am
We arrive back in NY Harbor at approximately 10am. Guests disembark by 12 noon.

If you’re interested in joining us for this amazing sailing experience then book now before it’s sold out!

Inside Sailing - Tucker Thompson, Voice of the America’s Cup

Inside Sailing – Tucker Thompson, Voice of the America’s Cup

We’re proud to announce a new video series called “ASA’s Inside Sailing”, where we conduct on-camera interviews with prominent and/or interesting figures in the world of sailing.

For our latest episode of Inside Sailing, we interviewed the “Voice of the America’s Cup” Tucker Thompson. Tucker spoke about his career as a sailing broadcaster, the radical technology the AC employs and the influence this age-old sporting event has on sailing as a whole.

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Women On The Water

Women Wake Up Zone

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE American Sailing Association Launches “Women Wake Up Zone” to Celebrate Women on the Water and Encourage More Women to Sail

LOS ANGELES (March 21, 2019) The American Sailing Association (ASA), America’s sail education authority, is energizing women to set sail with the announcement of its new education campaign: “Women Wake Up Zone.” As U.S. corporations, politics and the entertainment industry evolve to include greater numbers of women, the sailing industry is riding the wave of gender equality, as well. With International Women’s Day earlier this month, as well as March being designated as Women’s History Month, the world’s largest sailing organization chose March 2019 to embark upon a crusade to bring more women into sailing.

When people hear ‘sailing,’ they often think of stuffy, 60-year-old men behind the wheel while women watch,” said Cindy Shabes, president of the American Sailing Association. “Although a recent market research study shows that men outnumber women seven to one as registered boat owners, many of our instructors and high-level instructor evaluators are now women, and many of our schools are now owned or managed by women.

The American Sailing Association aims to lead gender equality in sailing with its “Women Wake Up Zone” education campaign. Designed to erase the stereotypes and eliminate the fear some women have that sailing is too expensive and physically demanding, the initiative aims to create more women sailors. Shabes added, “As we see more women take the wheel and thrive on our waterways, we believe that others will follow in their wake.

The “Women Wake Up Zone” education campaign is based on ASA courses that teach how to:

  • Tie the knot – Knots can be tricky and intimidating, but women can be better at tying knots because their hands are often nimbler.
  • Raise a sail – Heavy sails that used to require major upper body strength have been replaced with lighter synthetic sails. In fact, men who often try to “muscle” the lines are at a disadvantage because now there are more efficient mechanisms and techniques.
  • Work the winch – Maneuver a modern two-speed winch, the device on a boat to pull in or let out wind.
  • Save someone – Learn the procedure to follow if someone falls off of a boat.
  • Take the helm – Use fingertip precision to steer and sail the course.

With the advances in technology, sailing has truly become a gender-neutral sport,” says Shabes. “We just need more women to get involved and spread the word!

In 2018, one third of all new students at the American Sailing Association schools nationwide were women, and the organization expects that by the year 2020, at least half of all new students will be women. More progress is needed in the ferry, cruise, and cargo ship industry, the workforce of which the International Workers Federation (ITF) estimates only one to two percent is women. “More women in the industry will also encourage more women to consider sailing,” Shabes concluded.
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About the American Sailing Association
The American Sailing Association (ASA) has been the leader in U.S. sailing education for 36 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 515,000 people who have been introduced to sailing through ASA schools, clubs and programs since 1983. For more information, visit www.asa.com.
 
MEDIA CONTACT
Jill Hoffman
(323) 719-7111 (mobile)
jillh@clivehoffmanassociates.com
ASA's Inside Sailing

Inside Sailing – Tom Simmons, Director of ‘Coyote: The Mike Plant Story’

We’re proud to announce a new video series called “ASA’s Inside Sailing,” where we conduct on-camera interviews with prominent and/or interesting figures in the world of sailing.

In our inaugural episode, we spotlight Tom Simmons, Director of Coyote: The Mike Plant Story (trailer). In his feature length documentary Simmons delves deep into the life of American solo-sailor Mike Plant who was both an extremely daring sailor and a very compelling character. In our interview, we ask Simmons (also the nephew of Plant) what he learned about sailing, filmmaking and himself after the immersive process of directing this extraordinarily well-made and in-depth biography.

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Sailing Challenge Desktop

Sailing Challenge App “Hits the Big Screen”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE American Sailing Association’s Sailing Challenge App “Hits the Big Screen” – Revolutionary Mobile App Now Available for Mac and Windows

LOS ANGELES – November 14, 2018 – The American Sailing Association (ASA), America’s premier sail education authority, announced today that its top-rated sailing app, Sailing Challenge, is now available on the large screens of laptops and desktop computers. Previously available only on the mobile platforms of iOS and Android, the best selling sailing app serves double duty as a teaching tool and an entertaining game and can now be launched on a laptop or a desktop computer.

Sailing Challenge combines the most innovative thinking in digital education with ASA’s experience in sailing instruction to create a stimulating game that allows players to climb aboard, take control of the tiller and the mainsheet , and sail off on a virtual sea of fun. Originally designed as a teaching tool for ASA instructors to help illustrate the principles of sailing in a rich interactive format, more than 50,000 sailors have honed their skills via the cutting-edge app since it was first launched in the summer of 2016.

ASA turned to longtime sailing enthusiast, visionary and founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell, for help in designing Sailing Challenge. Bushnell worked with ASA to develop the breakthrough educational sailing video game using a teaching technique he calls gamification. By combining video gaming technology with educational software, Sailing Challenge incorporates real brain science in a way that is fundamentally changing how people learn to sail.

After playing Sailing Challenge for just a few hours, folks can get out on the water in the real world with an extra boost of confidence,” said Lenny Shabes, ASA’s founder and Chairman. “Fun, exciting and realistic, there is no question that this app is helping people become better sailors.

ASA added several new features to Sailing Challenge for the Mac and Windows launch, including three new sailing levels, the ability to earn achievements and improved sailing realism.

After you learn Points of Sail, Apparent Wind, Sail Trim, Tacking and Jibing, Rules of the Road and Docking, you can then put it all together when you race the clock in the app’s sailing module,” said Shabes. “When ASA says the fun starts here, we really mean it!

11 modules unlock the mysteries of sailing, but the big news is Version 2.0 of Sailing Challenge is now available in large format for laptops and desktops at Microsoft and the Mac App store, as well as for mobile platforms at the iOS App Store, and at Google Play. Visit asa.com/sailing-challenge-app/ for all the details.

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 500,000 people who have been introduced to sailing through ASA schools, clubs and programs since 1983. For more information, visit www.asa.com.
 
MEDIA CONTACT
Jill Hoffman
(323) 719-7111 (mobile)
jillh@clivehoffmanassociates.com

Hands Across The Sea Sweepstakes Winners

Hands Across The Sea Sweepstakes Winners

A big thank you to everyone who entered the 2018 Caribbean Sweepstakes. We had a record breaking year and you all helped us raise $41,379 for Hands Across The Sea. “We are truly grateful for our ongoing partnership with the American Sailing Association, which has been extremely fruitful for us, as well as the generosity of Horizon Yacht Charters and Elite Island Resorts,” said Tom and Harriet Linskey, co-founders of Hands Across the Sea, the largest and most effective literacy assistance organization serving the Eastern Caribbean. “Thanks to this annual program, a true win-win for everyone involved, we have witnessed the power of books and reading to transform the lives and economic futures of children in the Caribbean communities we serve.”

So now lets meet the lucky winners…

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Hands Across The Sea

ASA Raises More Than $41k For Hands Across The Sea

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: American Sailing Association raises more than $41,000 for Hands Across The Sea in its 2018 Caribbean Sweepstakes. $180,000 Donated to Non-Profit Organization Focused on Raising Literacy Levels of Caribbean Children Since 2012

LOS ANGELES (November 2, 2018) The American Sailing Association (ASA), America’s premier sail education authority, announced today that it raised $41,379 in its fall 2018 Caribbean sweepstakes benefitting Hands Across the Sea. Since ASA selected Hands Across the Sea as its exclusive fall sweepstakes charity partner seven years ago, it has helped to raise approximately $180,000 for the non-profit organization committed to raising literacy levels of children in the Eastern Caribbean.

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