Summer Sailing

By: daysail, Learn To Sail

Summer approaches and all you can think of is the warm weather and being on the water. Yes, that is exactly how we feel.  If you are looking to optimize your time on the water we want to help you find the resources to spend as much time on a sailboat as possible. This summer, achieve your goals when it comes to sailing. American Sailing is ready to help you learn to sail or improve your sailing knowledge.

Bareboat Charter Checklist

By: Charter, Cruising Tips

It was not that long ago that I boarded my first ever bareboat charter. The excitement with which we approached the catamaran is something I still feel today.  This was to be the greatest vacation of our lives. The top of the bucket list was going to be checked off. A bareboat charter with my family. The dream of this sailor. Yes, it was the greatest trip we had ever taken up to that point.  Our subsequent bareboat charters have surpassed our first as our favorite but the very first time on a catamaran in the Caribbean is still a …

Featured Sailing School: Erie Islands Sailing School

By: Schools

Erie Islands Sailing School was founded over ten years ago by Tim McKenna and purchased last year by former students Kent and Tricia Purvis.  How cool is that to have former students continue to help teach others?  The school has always been based on education, safety, and fun for our students. This Month’s Featured School is Erie Islands Sailing School Where They Sail Erie Island Sailing School is the premier sailing school for American Sailing in Lake Erie. Erie Islands offers two sailing locations, with classes out of Cleveland (Edgewater Marina) and Sandusky (Safe Harbor Sandusky). In Sandusky, introductory classes sail …

Navigation Quiz

Starpath School of Navigation

By: Elearn, Schools

Online Sailing Courses Starpath School of Navigation has been offering courses for over 30 years and is an American Sailing Affiliate. Starpath has taught classroom courses since 1978, having had more than 30,000 classroom students when they switched to all online training in 2002; They have had thousands of online students since then. Their extensive classroom experience is the foundation for online training. American Sailing and Starpath have teamed up to offer online instruction of sailing courses that do not require you to leave your home. As much as we enjoy being out on the water, we understand that it …

The American Sailing Mother’s Day Gift Giving Guide

By: Equipment, Partners, women on the water

Every day should be Mother’s Day because most of us sailors probably were a handful and we somehow ended up ok. Well, at least most of us are ok, a lot of us are still a handful.  Mothers do a lot to foster whom we become as adults. If the mother in your life is a sailor she is probably raising young sailors who will learn to love the ocean, protect the environment and cherish the sailing lifestyle.  This Mother’s Day, give a gift that says you appreciate her. Mother’s Day Sailing Gift Ideas Somand Sailing Jacket View this post …

ASA Featured Instructor: Jeremiah Swetel

By: Instructors, Schools

Captain Jeremiah Swetel of Erie Islands Sailing is This Month’s Featured Instructor Jeremiah started his journey with boating at the age of ten in Cleveland. He has extensive experience sailing and boating in all parts of Lake Erie. Jeremiah also enjoys racing at his yacht club and sailing with friends and family. Jeremiah holds his USCG 25T Master Near Coastal license with Sailing and Towing endorsements and is certified by the American Sailing Association to teach ASA 101, 103, and 104. Captain Jeremiah Swetel is this month’s ASA Featured Instructor.

8 Ways To Foster Environmental Awareness

By: Environmental

When we step on a sailboat we often overlook that the bodies of water that we use to enjoy our sailing lifestyle are vital.  The health of our oceans and lakes can seem like an afterthought when we glide across the surface and rarely think about what lies beneath.  The truth is that all of us who embrace sailing as part of our identity have a responsibility to do our part to ensure that these vast bodies of water are healthy for generations to come. We all encounter plastic pollution regularly, and some personal involvement in conservation, awareness, and environmental …