Should ASA Instructors (and Skippers in General) Be Good Swimmers?

By: Instructors, Learn To Sail, Sailing Tips

Should You Know How to Swim to Learn to Sail? For sailors who grew up perpetually wet from ages 5 to 25, having fun righting capsized dinghies, less fun while righting turtled ones, and trapeze sailing small boats competitively in school and college, this question might seem to be axiomatic. Yet, there have been some very accomplished sailing skippers who cannot swim. Three-time America’s Cup winner, two-time Star Class World Champion, and Olympic Bronze Medalist Tempest Class sailor Dennis Conner cannot swim. British Royal Navy explorer, navigator, and cartographer Captain James Cook, who sailed thousands of miles across uncharted areas …

ASA Remembers Catalina Yachts Found Frank Butler

By: American Sailing Association

The sailing world has lost an icon. Frank Willis Butler, President and Chief Executive Officer of Catalina Yachts, passed away on 15 Nov 2020 at age 92 in Westlake Village, CA. Frank founded Catalina Yachts in North Hollywood, CA, in 1969. Now headquartered in Largo, FL, but with offices still in Woodland Hills, CA, Catalina Yachts has grown to become the largest manufacturer of production fiberglass sailboats in the United States, floating more than 85,000 yachts to date. In his lifetime, Frank Butler has introduced hundreds of thousands of people to the sport of sailing. Born in Glendale, CA, in …

ASA Affiliate Blue Pacific Yachting Deals with Coronavirus

By: Safety, Schools

As we merge from the pandemic crisis Sailing schools across the country and around the world have had to adapt to a changing landscape. One example of how all of this is being handled calmly and effectively is at Blue Pacific Yachting, an affiliate company of Denison Yachting, owned by Robert Denison and Nereus Dastur, in Marina del Rey, CA. At this ASA Affiliate school, General Manager Mollie Perlman has prepared an inventory of facial coverings, both N95 masks and cloth scarves, brightly-colored Nitrile synthetic rubber gloves which have a higher puncture resistance than latex or vinyl, an assortment of …

Learning To Sail: A Navy Son and His Army Veteran Father

By: Learn To Sail

Learning To Sail With Veteran Sailing Association in Tavernier, Florida The ASA Veterans Sailing Education Program is in its third month of operation and several stories about the program have arrived at ASA from veterans and ASA Affiliates.   US Navy man Galen Gambino and his Army veteran father, Robert Gambino, both of Atlanta, GA, flew into Miami International, rented a car and drove down to Veteran Sailing Association, an ASA Affiliate in Tavernier, FL, to spend the week between Christmas and New Year’s with the owner, former Navy SEAL and ASA Certified Instructor, Captain Joseph “CJ” Mastrangelo. “CJ” offers a …