How A Boat Sails Upwind

By: Learn To Sail, Sailing Tips

 A sailor’s life revolves around the wind. Its direction and its strength govern where he can sail, with what degree of difficulty or comfort, and how quickly. Naturally, the language of sailing reflects how sailors orient themselves and everything around them with reference to the wind. Upwind and Downwind  The sailor’s world is roughly divided into two hemispheres: upwind and downwind. anywhere or anything in the direction from which the wind is blowing is upwind; anywhere or anything in the direction toward which it’s blowing is downwind.  When sailing, you trim the sails according to the wind direction relative to …

Sailing Terms and Multiple Meanings

By: Books, Humor, Learn To Sail

Do you have those moments when you say one thing but those around you think you meant something else? Well, welcome to life on a sailboat. Sailing vocabulary is riddled with plenty of words that you think you know the meaning of but they seem to mean something entirely different once you get out on the water.  In fact, quite a few words or sayings have multiple meanings on a sailboat. Have no fear, your sailing education will give you the knowledge to decipher what the captain and crew are talking about even when the same word is used in …

How to Deal With Seasickness While Sailing

By: Cruising Tips, Medical, Safety

Mal de mer is another way to say “seasickness.” It’s a particular kind of motion sickness that afflicts people traveling by water, and it causes dizziness and nausea (a word that actually means “seasickness” in Greek). Mal de mer is brought on by the rocking motion of a boat on the waves — although not everyone is affected by it. In French, mal means “bad” or “sick” and mer means “sea.” – Vocabulary.com I still carry around a plastic bag to catch the remnants of motion sickness. I have a son that would suffer from seasickness on the way to …

ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing – What You’ll Learn

By: Learn To Sail

I sat on the deck of a sailboat and I listened to a teenager explain the basics of sailing. I was impressed. The cloak of mystery behind something as simple as sailing is lifted when it is brought down to the simplest and truest form. “You need wind in your sail and the boat will move forward.” The lesson continued with very little discussion about how things worked and more about why things worked.  The teens laughed a lot. They pointed out things on the water. At one point one teenager closed her eyes and let the wind hit her …

ASA 101, New Sailor Resources

By: Learn To Sail

Congratulations, you have earned your ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing certification! It’s time to go sailing and build upon your sailing education. Remember, ASA has you covered with plenty of new sailor resources.  You are now part of a large sailing community that is eager to welcome you. While the ASA website can answer most of your questions you should also find us on social media and reach out if you have any questions.  We are all sailors and we want to support you as you embrace the lifestyle. Membership Benefits As an ASA Member, you have access to many …

5 Spots To Use Your ASA 101 Certification

By: daysail, Destinations, Sailing Tips

Not long ago I watched as a pair of newlyweds hired my 12-year-old to teach them how to sail. We were on vacation and my two boys had been zipping across the horizon for over an hour and as they sailed the Hobie Cat back onto the sand the newly married couple negotiated a chartered cruise right on the spot. My son, ever the opportunist, jumped aboard, handed them life vests and explained where the couple would sit. He then had his younger brother give them a gentle push off the shore. Just like that, the couple was on a …

8 Things I Learned in ASA 101

By: Learn To Sail, women on the water

Join Lauren on her adventure as she embarks on a journey to learn to sail. Follow her as she gets her feet wet as a beginner, gains experience, and earns her ASA certifications with Santa Barbara Sailing Center. The ultimate goal is to complete ASA 104 and go bareboat chartering somewhere exotic. ASA 101.5 – Eight Things I Learned in ASA 101 I am proud to announce that I am officially ASA certified in Basic Keelboat Sailing! Now that I have completed the 101 course and am a seasoned expert of all things nautical, I wanted to share my biggest …

Clipper Round The World Race

From ASA 101 to Unforgettable Adventures Crossing Oceans

By: Sailing Fun

ASA Certified Sailor Scott Elles is Living Life There are some truly amazing circle-the-globe races out there. There’s the Volvo Ocean Race, the Vendee Globe, the Barcelona (doublehanded) World Race and the upcoming Golden Globe Race that will recreate the first solo unassisted round the world contest that happened in 1968, to name a few. But let’s face it, most of us are not going to be surfing down a building-sized wave doing 29-knots in a Volvo 65 or negotiating icebergs while blasting through the Southern Ocean in an Open 60 any time soon, so we watch and live vicariously …