All posts by Pat Reynolds

Seamanship Gone to the Dogs!

Seamanship Gone to the Dogs!

Yes, your furry first mate is great to have around on a day-sail or cruise – they provide moral support, positive affirmation and usually a bit of comic relief. But ask them to trim the jib or hoist the main and they are useless! However, your four-legged crew can actually help you with your sailing skills… How? You ask. There are no basset hound certified sailing instructors! No Jack Russell has ever called tactics on a Wednesday night race!

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Captain Kupps

Kupps Full of Dreams

Here’s the deal: We love to see regular ol’ people discover sailing, then learn to sail through one of our schools and, in the end, continue sailing for a lifetime. Call it corny, but it’s really a gratifying feeling. Sailing is one of those things that just makes life a more enjoyable experience. It can produce unforgettable adventures that can literally change lives so, of course, that story makes us happy. However, another scenario we like just as much is one where a person gets the sailing bug, devotes themselves to obtaining all possible certifications and decides to change course and make sailing their livelihood. Through the years, here at ASA, we’ve seen that tale play out time and time again and it never gets old, but the story of Captain Robert Kupps was particularly fulfilling.

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Laura Dekker Interview, Part 1

Laura Dekker Interview, Part 1

In the years between 2008 and 2010 the sailing world and beyond saw a wave of very young sailors embarking upon monstrous undertakings that would give pause to the most seasoned mariners. California sailor Zac Sunderland circled the globe alone in his Islander 36 becoming the first person under 18 to accomplish the journey. His sister Abby attempted to be the youngest unassisted non-stop but dismasted in the Indian Ocean. Months later, Aussie Jessica Watson became the holder of that honor and in August of 2009 British sailor Mike Perham would circle the globe and become the youngest solo round-the-world sailor. All of these young adventurers were between 16 and 17 and their actions stirred enormous controversy, but when in that same year 14-year old Laura Dekker from the Netherlands announced that she planned on sailing around the world alone in her 38’ Jeanneau ketch, Guppy, people lost their minds.

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Lenny Shabes

ASA Founder Lenny Shabes Gets Elected to Sail America Board of Directors

ASA’s founder Lenny Shabes was just elected to be on the board of directors of Sail America, the renowned trade association for the U.S. sailing industry. The BoD is made up of eleven influential stakeholders from all corners of the sailing world including Kimo Worthington of North Sails, Chris Doscher of Beneteau America and other major players from sailing’s prominent companies and organizations.
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Never an Ugly Duckling, Always a Swan

When we were considering the next boat to spotlight in the Cruising Boat Spotlight series we thought we should do a Nautor’s Swan because they are so iconic, attractive, well-made and the dream of many a sailor. As we discussed which model should be the choice for the article, we realized that with Swan, it’s not really about a particular model; it’s the fact that it’s a Swan. These boats aren’t like Catalina’s, where you automatically think of the 27, 30 or 42; or Columbia’s, where the 50 or 26 spring to mind. Swans are more like Mercedes Benz. It’s the brand over the model – if you drive a Benz, it’s understood you have at least a certain standard of excellence going on… the same is true of a Swan owner.

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