Exuma Islands Adventure: The New Sailor’s Perspective

By: Flotillas

ASA Exuma Islands Adventure Flotilla, April 2013 By Mary Clor My husband, as part of his mid-life rediscovery, decided last fall to attend a weeklong sailing school. To entice me to enter the sport, he then signed us up for an ASA Flotilla to the Exuma Islands in the Bahamas. Knowing how much I love the outdoors, camping, and snorkeling/scuba diving, he saw this as an opportunity to combine his new passion, sailing, with the things I love. I knew nothing about sailing, and my only sailing “experience” had been as a passenger on a 4 mast, 440 foot long …

Photos from ASA’s 2011 Exuma Islands Flotilla, Bahamas

By: American Sailing Association, Flotillas, Members

Enjoy this selection of excellent photos from ASA’s 2011 Exuma Islands flotilla, thanks to member Carole Walsh. This remote series of cays, known locally as the “Out Islands,” are one of our many popular flotilla destinations. It’s a very unique trip–you learn to sail small boats, camp on the beaches at night, and hang out with the local wildlife (see below). The folks on this trip earned their ASA 110 “Basic Small Boat Sailing” certifications, by the way, handling the gorgeous Sea Pearl 21 boats. Click here to find out more about ASA’s flotillas, including Greece, Croatia, Tahiti, the Gulf …

Bahamas Adventure: The Sea Pearl 21 Sailboat

By: American Sailing Association, Equipment, Flotillas, Sailboats

This guest post by ASA’s Brenda Wempner is about ASA’s 2011 adventure flotilla in the Exuma Islands (or “Out Islands”) of the Bahamas. Find out more about ASA’s flotillas here. This was my first boat checkout standing knee deep in water for the briefing. Most bareboat charter arrangements begin with a chart briefing and boat checkout, but this one was very unique. Dallas, our guide, explained the Sea Pearl 21 to the group. The front sail is the Main and the back sail is the Mizzen. At the gooseneck there was a locking mechanism. When that mechanism was removed the …

Bahamas Adventure: What’s for Dinner?

By: American Sailing Association, Flotillas

This guest post by ASA’s Brenda Wempner is about ASA’s 2011 adventure flotilla in the Exuma Islands (or “Out Islands”) of the Bahamas. Find out more about ASA’s flotillas here. One of my favorite aspects of sailing in new locations is enjoying the local foods. Flotillas in Florida have gulf shrimp and stone crab, and flotillas in the Northwest have salmon and Dungeness crab. While in the Exuma Islands we were treated to grouper, hog fish, conch and mahi mahi, with one major difference: We participated in the harvest and preparation! Dallas was the expert and was patient with us …

Bahamas Adventure: The First Leg

By: American Sailing Association, Flotillas, Sailboats

This guest post by ASA’s Brenda Wempner is about ASA’s 2011 adventure flotilla in the Exuma Islands (or “Out Islands”) of the Bahamas. Find out more about ASA’s flotillas here. As the ASA Instructor and Representative on the first week of the ASA Exuma Islands Flotilla, I did not know exactly what to expect. These were new waters for me, new people and boats that I had never sailed before. John Baker took the helm of the boat I was on and easily pointed it out of the small harbor. The water was breathtaking. It changed from emerald green to …

Simply Messing About in Boats

By: American Sailing Association, Sailboats, Standards

There’s something about the Fourth of July weekend that invites us to abandon our big boats and splash around in little ones. Maybe because by the Fourth of July, it’s so hot most places that you want to be able to capsize on purpose. Or because you can pull small boats up on a beach and have a beer and a picnic without having to “keep a lookout.” For me, little boats have an element of nostalgia: They were always floating around at cabins and beaches, where my family congregated for the Fourth. People often “progress” to larger sailboats as …