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Famous Sailors Isler and Dickson Battle for Record in ASA’s Sailing Challenge Game

On the heels of our announcement that America’s Cup veteran and legendary sailor Peter Isler has set a time record on ASA’s Sailing Challenge phone game, now another heavy-weight sailor has got in the mix and beat Isler’s time! Scott Dickson, match-racing champion, has hit the virtual racetrack and found a groove. Like his consistently stellar track record in the Congressional Cup, Dickson has taken his top-level match-racing skill set to the Sailing Challenge game and raised the bar. Isler and Dickson have been teammates in match races, inshore regattas and offshore events… but when it comes to the Sailing Challenge game they describe themselves as mortal frenemies! The ultra-competitive Isler will have something to say about this – you can bet on it. Set your own record time – Download Now ⟩⟩

We’re going to keep track as the competition progresses…

news-2016-10-avatar-peter-islerMy name is Peter Isler and I set the new record at 1m 51s
Scotty Dickson here, I just did a 1m 49snews-2016-10-avatar-scotty-dickson
news-2016-10-avatar-peter-islerReally?? Game on!
news-2016-10-avatar-peter-isler1 minute and… (wait for it) 48 seconds!
I just clocked a 1m 47snews-2016-10-avatar-scotty-dickson
Just shaved off a second to score 1m 46snews-2016-10-avatar-scotty-dickson
news-2016-10-avatar-peter-islerGood job! But 1m 42s is the new time to beat!

We call on all the sailing greats to get involved! Coutts? Spithill? Barker? What are you doing? Let’s make this interesting!

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Peter Isler, Sailing Challenge App

Peter Isler, America’s Cup Sailor, Sets New Record

We’re happy to announce that ASA’s latest venture, the Sailing Challenge, an interactive mobile game that simultaneously drills learning concepts and entertains, is becoming quite popular! Over ten-thousand apps have been downloaded, and an update with new and improved features will soon be on the way. Download Now ⟩⟩

One of the elements that has users coming back for more is the compulsion to post a faster score on the timed-sail part of the app. After going through the many drill modules, it’s nice to just take a virtual sail and hone the skill-set. Waiting on a line at the post office was never so fun!

And don’t think Sailing Challenge is just for newbs and novices, the current record holder for time around the course is none other than five-time America’s Cup sailor Peter Isler. If it has to do with sailing Peter will master it, including this mobile game.

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Hands Across The Sea

Hands Across The Sea Ship 37,000 Books

We just received this note from Hands Across the Sea’s Co-Founders, Harriet and Tom Linskey: After 14 very busy days in the warehouse of Harte-Hanks, a fabulously philanthropic Hands Logistic Angel, the Hands team, with the help of some enthusiastic cruising sailors, has wrapped up the 2016-2017 Hands Wish Lists shipment… 625 boxes of new amazing books, plus metal bookshelves, are now on their way to 117 pre-schools, special education schools, primary schools, and secondary schools in the Eastern Caribbean.

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Cruising Quiz 2

Cruising Quiz

There’s still some time to do some cruising folks! September and October are often great times to make that mini voyage – less crowds, still nice weather and a certain peace and tranquility that only autumn sailing can bring. Here’s a little quiz taken from ASA’s 104 text, Bareboat Cruising Made Easy, to test your knowledge before you next untie those dock lines. Enjoy!

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Featured School : Canary Sail

Canary Sail was formed in late 2003 with the purchase of two small yachts and the base chosen was the beautiful Canary Island of La Gomera, marina San Sebastian just an hour ferry run from Tenerife. Although off the beaten track, this location is a great spot for a sailing school. It’s the second smallest of the seven main islands of the Canaries in this beautiful Spanish paradise off the coast of Africa. Also, as a bonus it’s a place of great historical interest – it was from here that Christopher Columbus set sail for the new world!

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Southern California Boat Show

Premiering September 22nd-25th, the Southern California In-Water Boat Show is making a big splash at Cabrillo Way Marina in the heart of Los Angeles Harbor. Come aboard and compare a large selection of new boats, as well as some of the finest brokerage vessels on the Pacific Coast. Whether you’re a buyer, a seller or just evaluating the market, this is the premier boat show for a side-by-side comparison.

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Sailing Challenge App iPhone

Sailing Challenge Now Available in the Apple Store and Google Play

Sailing Challenge Now Available in the Apple Store and Google Play
American Sailing Association Taps Atari Founder to Develop Exciting and Instructive Sailing Game

LOS ANGELES – July 25, 2016 – The American Sailing Association (ASA), America’s sail education authority, continues to establish the leading edge in sailing education with a cutting-edge, new mobile gaming app called Sailing Challenge. Originally designed as a teaching aid for ASA instructors to help illustrate the principles of sailing in a rich interactive and entertaining format, the app has quickly turned into a fun game to play regardless of the user’s level of sailing experience.

The American Sailing Association has been responsible for almost one million ‘aha moments’ on the water,” said Lenny Shabes, ASA’s Chairman of the Board. “We now hope to introduce another million people to that ‘aha moment’, this time aboard their personal mobile devices.

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American Sailing Association Launches New Version of “Go Sailing” Mobile App

Popular Networking Tool for Sailing Community Available in Apple App Store


LOS ANGELES – July 21, 2016 – The American Sailing Association (ASA), America’s sail education authority, has released a new version of its innovative “GO SAILING” iOS mobile app which connects people interested in sharing the experience of sailing. Acquired by ASA, GO SAILING (formerly Kroocial) was first launched in the San Francisco Bay Area in March 2013 with the mission of making sailing accessible to everyone from novices to salty dogs, and to promote a healthy and active lifestyle. A simple and user-friendly solution for skippers needing crew and sailors wanting to sail, GO SAILING quickly developed a large community of passionate users.

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