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SAILFLOW Partnership with ASA

ASA Keeps New Benefits for Members “Flowing” with SailFlow

For Immediate Release: American Sailing Association Keeps New Benefits for Members “Flowing” with SailFlow

LOS ANGELES – August 22, 2019 The American Sailing Association (ASA), America’s sail education authority, has teamed up with SailFlow, the ultimate sailing weather resource, to offer another new benefit to increase sailor safety. As a result of the partnership, ASA members can upgrade to SailFlow PRO for one year and save 15%.

This is the third valuable member benefit to be added to the ASA’s expanding “safety net” for boaters this summer.

Part of the WeatherFlow family of brands, SailFlow has over 50,000 weather stations worldwide, allowing users to access stations in their area to view the most up to date wind conditions and wind forecasts. It is available in several platforms, including Web, iPhone / iPad and Android applications. Each application offers a powerful free service level, with different levels of premium content available at various paid membership levels; SailFlow PRO is the company’s most popular product.

Our exclusive PRO Weather Stations have been built ultra heavy-duty by our own MIT engineer and sited by our meteorologists for the highest possible quality of wind reports,” said SailFlow Product Manager George Haye. “With SailFlow PRO, ASA’s members can have access to real-time wind reports from SailFlow’s network of PRO Weather Stations, PRO Forecasts (written by our own team of meteorologists since 1987!), exclusive SailFlow PLUS forecast models and lots more.”

Reliable and accurate wind forecasts are critical for every sailor,” said Lenny Shabes, ASA’s chairman of the board. “Providing wind data in real time, SailFlow PRO is an outstanding product which we are pleased to make available to our members at a savings.

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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Jill Hoffman

(323) 719-7111 (mobile)

jillh@clivehoffmanassociates.com

DAN Boater Partnership with ASA

ASA “Rafts Up” with DAN Boater

For Immediate Release: American Sailing Association “Rafts Up” with DAN Boater to Bring its Membership Benefits to More Sailors Worldwide

LOS ANGELES – July 29, 2019 The American Sailing Association (ASA), America’s sail education authority, has teamed up with DAN Boater, the world’s premier travel safety association, as part of its ongoing commitment to enhancing boater safety. As a result of the alliance, ASA members can now purchase annual DAN Boater family memberships for $50, a 50% savings off the normal cost, and all ASA members will receive complimentary copies of DAN Boater’s digital travel health and safety guides. Additionally, DAN Boater is poised to improve the availability of its membership benefits to sailors worldwide.

DAN Boater offers its members a medical information line, a 24/7 emergency hotline, worldwide medical evacuation and repatriation services, search and rescue expense coverage, and more. Since the ASA is also dedicated to safer boating through education and assistance programs, the partnership is a natural fit for both organizations.

“When you realize that DAN Boater includes both worldwide medical evacuation coverage and search and rescue coverage, it quickly becomes one of the most significant benefits the American Sailing Association has ever offered its members,” said Lenny Shabes, ASA’s chairman of the board. “The decision to join DAN Boater could be life changing, as well as potentially lifesaving.”

“Representing the largest and most trusted network of sailing schools in the United States, ASA has always been committed to making people safer, better and more confident sailors,” said Bill Ziefle, DAN Boater president and CEO. “Understanding that sailors in particular appreciate the benefits DAN Boater offers, the ASA is furthering its commitment to its members’ safety by introducing them to DAN Boater.”

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.

About DAN Boater

Since 1980, DAN has handled more than 10,000 emergency medical evacuations, fielded over 100,000 emergency calls, and spent more than 300,000 medical resource hours on duty. DAN Boater is committed to helping recreational boaters and travelers in need of medical emergency assistance and continues to promote good travel health and safety practices through research, education and traveler assistance services.

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MEDIA CONTACT

Jill Hoffman

(323) 719-7111 (mobile)

jillh@clivehoffmanassociates.com

ASA and iNavX Partnership

iNavX Partnership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE American Sailing Association Teams Up with iNavX to Increase Sailors’ Understanding of Modern Navigation

LOS ANGELES – July 10, 2019 –The American Sailing Association (ASA), America’s sail education authority, has joined forces with iNavX, innovators of the leading marine chart plotting app, to help its more than half a million members around the world learn more about leading-edge navigation. By teaming up with iNavX, ASA is able to provide boaters everywhere with state-of-the-art electronic navigation tools to successfully enjoy their time on the water.

All sailors should be versed in traditional navigation, especially when going offshore, but modern boaters should also understand electronic navigation for maximum safety and sailing satisfaction. Sophisticated navigation systems like iNavX help them plan and prepare for their voyages, as well as stay on track while underway.

Lenny Shabes, chairman of ASA

Fully compatible with iOS and Android devices, iNavX transforms popular smartphones and tablets into full-functioning, handheld chartplotters. Location, heading, speed, course over ground (COG), waypoints, routes and other navigation functions are attractively displayed on the device. With multiple in-app chart formats, boaters gain a better understanding of their cruising area.

In partnership with iNavX, ASA now offers members special access to the top marine navigation app via a simple download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. “Working together, ASA and iNavX will keep more sailors safe and informed, whether they are just learning to navigate or seasoned mariners,” said Shaun Steingold, general manager of iNavX.

ASA members receive a special 10% discount on all iNavX charts and data services. Find Out More >

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The only marine navigation app to offer a full suite of leading worldwide charts from leading chart providers (e.g., NOAA raster charts, Navionics vector charts, Blue Latitude, Explorer Bahamas, Waterway Guides, and Delius Klasing charts for Europe), iNavX permits boaters to navigate safely and effectively on any boat anywhere in the world.

Other advanced features of iNavX include high-resolution weather overlays and AIS data that are easily activated within the app. Planning trips and setting routes can be done remotely, alleviating the need for boaters to access their vessel and enter coordinates into sometimes cumbersome onboard plotters. Multiple devices can be accessed, allowing the user to pull up their iNavX navigation functions and full suite of charts on their smartphones, as well as tablets. 


About 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.

About iNavX
iNavX leads the marine marketplace by delivering a fully functional MFD/Chartplotter in an easy to use App format. With more charts and chart providers to choose from than any other app or built-in plotter, a suite of features including weather and AIS, iNavX is the most modern and efficient marine navigation tool available. For more information, visit www.iNavX.com.

MEDIA CONTACT
Jill Hoffman
(323) 719-7111 (mobile)
jillh@clivehoffmanassociates.com

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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