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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.
 
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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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ASA's Veteran Sailing Education Program

ASA’s Veterans Sailing Education Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: American Sailing Association and Affiliate Schools Join Forces in Year-Long Program Starting on Veterans Day to Introduce U.S. Military to World of Sailing

LOS ANGELES, October 1, 2018 – The American Sailing Association (ASA), in partnership with its national network of affiliate sailing schools, announced today a special initiative exclusively for active and retired military to thank them for their sacrifices in carrying out their respective missions to protect the United States and its interests, and maintain the safety and freedom of U.S. citizens. For 365 days beginning on Veterans Day 2018, America’s premier sail education authority will take advantage of its unique position to express its gratitude to these brave individuals by offering ASA’s basic sailing course (ASA 101) at a special rate.

We believe that sailing places people in the ‘here and now’ like few other activities can,” said Lenny Shabes, ASA’s Chairman of the Board. “Immersed in beautiful, natural scenery, sailing offers a healthy and peaceful environment in which to recharge and reduce stress – something we can all use, especially our military who have given so much while defending our daily freedom.

The official kick-off date is November 11, 2018, with a soft launch scheduled for October 15 2018. Participating ASA schools will offer a minimum of $50.00 or 10% off of their regular “Basic Keelboat Sailing” (ASA 101) tuition to U.S. veterans and active duty military through November 11, 2019. Many schools will be offering a greater savings and several have sailboats to accommodate disabled students who need a more stable or custom platform. School specific program details can be found at asa.com/veterans.

This exclusive offer for U.S. military personnel is a token of our appreciation for the contributions they make on our behalf every single day,” Shabes added. “We hope that it will serve as an invitation to explore the fun and exciting world of sailing with family and friends.

During ASA’s “Basic Keelboat Sailing” course, students begin their sailing journeys by learning the essential skills to take the helm or crew a sailboat. Taught by ASA-certified instructors, the multi-day class covers basic sailing terminology, sailboat parts and functions, basic sail trim, points of sail, seamanship, basic navigation rules and more. Upon completion of the course, students will receive their ASA 101 certification from the ASA and can safely continue to enjoy the sailing lifestyle with family and friends.

Active and retired military interested in this program can go to asa.com/veterans to find a participating school in their area. Alternatively, they can consider an ASA school in a vacation destination and contact the school for participation information and other details.

Additional Gift on Veterans Day 2018 Only
Coinciding with the launch of the program, the ASA is offering all veterans and active military a free download of its best-selling sailing app, SAILING CHALLENGE, on November 11, 2018 only. This nationally acclaimed app teaches sailing skills in a 3D virtual world. Both entertaining and educational, users can practice their sailing skills and compete with friends on time and precision.

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