Alternative Energy in the Sailing World

By: American Sailing Association, Sailboats

Guest post from Sailors for the Sea. By:Hilary Wiech, Communications Manager and Annie Brett, Program Director Renewable energy is a hot and sometimes controversial topic on land, but within the sailing world wind generators can sometimes be seen as old news. It may seem silly to talk about renewable energy in the sailing world – aren’t sailboats powered by the wind after all? But look a little more closely, and for each sailboat on the water, there are a slew of energy consuming generators, outboards and batteries making sure we can get from point A to B. With climate change …

Upcoming ASA events at the America’s Cup

By: Schools

The America’s Cup, one of the world’s greatest sporting spectacles, and the biggest event in competitive sailing, is underway right now in San Francisco! Check the schedule below to see the upcoming events ASA has going on, and watch this space for updates! (Are you an ASA school hosting a Bay Area America’s Cup event? Contact us to get it on the schedule.) To get more information and join any of the events listed below, click here. America’s Cup/ Louis Vuitton Cup Spectator Cruise Dates: Louis Vuitton Finals Sunday August 18, 2013 11:30 am – 3:30 pm $145 per ticket. …

Saturday by the Bay – America’s Cup 2013

By: American Sailing Association

TWO 19TH CENTURY MARITIME TRADITIONS COME TOGETHER FOR ONE AFTERNOON Literarily speaking, aquatic travel for recreation began in 1857 with Henry David Thoreau’s Canoeing in Wilderness. Common sense dictates that he was hardly the first to cast off with no grander purpose in mind, but the pastime was undoubtedly new—a primitive luxury afforded by the vast, sparsely populated American landscape. Sailing strictly for sport, by contrast, was some two centuries old by the publishing of Thoreau’s piece. The Dutch began racing their yaghtschip early in the seventeenth century, and initiated what could be coined the inception of international maritime competition …

Dennis Conner’s Stars & Stripes America’s Cup Comeback Story on ESPN Classic

By: Sailboats

Watch on ESPN Classic Saturday, February 4th, 2012 ASA co-founder Peter Isler was the navigator aboard Stars & Stripes when it famously won back the America’s Cup in 1987. This Saturday you’ll have the chance to relive that victory, or see it for the first time. Here’s the press release from North Sails with the details: North Sails is proud to present Stars & Stripes 25th Anniversary America’s Cup Special which will air on ESPN Classic this Saturday, February 4th at 2am, 12pm & 7pm ET. Featuring new interview footage with Dennis Conner, Tom Whidden, Jon Wright, and Malin Burnham, …

Video Highlights from the America’s Cup World Series San Diego

By: American Sailing Association, Sailboats

Whether you love racing, or prefer the relaxed lifestyle of the cruiser, there’s no denying the excitement and glamor that accompanies sailing’s biggest competition, the America’s Cup. The actual cup finals will take place in San Francisco in 2013, but this is preceded by several match racing events around the world. Following events earlier this year in Cascais, Portugal and Plymouth, UK, this past week San Diego, CA played host to the spectacular AC45 “super-catamarans.” ASA was represented in San Diego by founder Lenny Shabes, President Cindy Shabes, and former America’s Cup winner, ASA Board Member, and sailing commentator Peter …

America’s Cup Live Coverage, Sailing News, and Your Moment of Zen

By: American Sailing Association, Sailboats, Social Media

September is here and while it’s still high summer at ASA’s headquarters in Marina del Rey, CA, in many places the sailing season is winding down. But that doesn’t mean the good times have to come to an end–and you don’t have to stop living the sailing lifestyle. Here are some cool items to keep you in tune with the world of sailing. For those who have an interest in the intense, fast, and wild world of America’s Cup racing, it’s easier than ever to keep track of the AC34 World Series. Racing action from Plymouth, England from Sept. 10-18 …