Holiday Gift Guide For Sailors

2022 Holiday Gift Guide For Sailors

By: Equipment, Partners, Store

Is this the year that you get your shopping done early?  We are all trying to get ahead of the shopping frenzy and this year American Sailing is helping you find some great gift ideas for sailors. Don’t forget that you are a sailor as well, so grab yourself a few nice items from your wish list.  These gift ideas are perfect for sailors, outdoor enthusiasts, and any person who likes nice gear.   Remember, if you are an American Sailing Member, log in to your membership portal and explore your discounts on products from our partners. American Sailing Hat California …

Sailing in Los Angeles

By: Learn To Sail, Schools

When you think of Los Angeles you probably have images of Hollywood or Disneyland.  You might think about Santa Monica Beach or Malibu but most likely you don’t automatically think about sailing. You should be thinking about Sailing in Los Angeles. Sailing within minutes of Downtown Los Angeles is easily attainable. Whether you decide on Sailing in Santa Monica Bay or out of Long Beach you can work on your sailing education while enjoying Southern California. Why You Should Sail In Los Angeles It’s always sunny in LA:  When the rest of the country is under 2 feet of snow, …

Learning To Sail Is Just The Beginning

By: Learn To Sail, Schools

It’s Just the Beginning Do you remember the first time you were on a sailboat? What captured your interest –  was it the wind in the sails, the sound of the water or the feeling of the tiller in your hand?   What captured your imagination?  The idea of daysails with your friends, visiting faraway shores or escaping your life and seeing the world from your sailboat? Sailing means different things to different people. At American Sailing we understand that learning to sail is just the beginning of a relationship with a lifestyle that is infectious. Where will sailing take you? …

Planning a Day Sail

By: Cruising Tips, Learn To Sail

You finish up your ASA 101 Basic Keelboat courses and you are confident to go out sailing on your own. After all of your hard work, studying, and practicing, your next step is your first daysail. This is a big moment in a sailor’s journey as you begin the process of performing all of the duties and responsibilities on a boat as the skipper.  Now, you must plan that first daysail. With proper planning, your first sail will be enjoyable and safe.  Let’s plan your first daysail. Where  Your first daysail should start small. This is your shake-out sail where …

How To: Basic Anchoring and Anchoring Etiquette

By: Cruising Tips, Learn To Sail

Quite a long time ago…decades ago. I sailed over to Catalina Island from my marina near ASA headquarters. I was young. It was my first time embarking across the channel. My crew was a good friend and his cousin who was celebrating his 21st birthday. They drank beers the entire time.  In simple terms, I was a solo sailor.  I was also young and irresponsible.  Why admit to this? Well, we all were young once and we all made dumb decisions. Own it and learn from it. Did I understand anchoring? No. Up to that point, I had only ever …

5 Reasons to Sail to St. Barths

By: Cruising Tips, Destinations

As if you need another reason to drop anchor in St. Barth we suggest these five reasons to sail your bareboat charter boat to this gem of an island that is the South of France in the heart of the Caribbean. Close your eyes and you’ll hear France all around you, lift a fork and you’ll taste the cuisine and walk through the luxury shopping boutiques and you’ll swear you are on the Champs Elysee. Caribbean vibe meets French culture all with a hint of island style and you get luxurious St. Barth.  You don’t need a megayacht to have …

Places to See, Things To Do and the Beach Bars That Must Be Visited in the BVI

By: Charter, Destinations

The British Virgin Islands are a famously popular spot for bareboat charters in the Caribbean. In fact, more ASA students choose the BVI as their destination of choice than any other charter destination.  After you have obtained your ASA 104 certification and you want to head to the British Virgin Islands for a bareboat charter, how are you going to fill your itinerary? We have a few ideas of things to do in the British Virgin Islands on your sailing vacation.