ASA Sailor Saves a Woman Adrift Off Los Angeles

By: Sailing Story, Schools

Most of the time, when a sailing skipper rescues someone from the water, it’s one of the crew who fell overboard, and it’s usually a man (85%), but not this time. ASA Student Khosrow Khosravani, with three friends. embarked upon the maiden sail of Khosrow’s Catalina 25 Defiant on the morning of Sun 26 Sep 2021 out of Marina del Rey, CA. Their plan was to head up the coast to Paradise Cove, off Malibu, and swim ashore for lunch. An hour into their trip, under an overcast sky upon a bluish-gray sea, Khosrow was motor-sailing when his eye caught …

Driving on your cell phone

By: American Sailing Association, Legislation, Safety

Cell phones and driving don’t mix–and that goes for driving a boat too. Recently USCG crew members were involved in two boating accidents due to the skipper’s use of a cell phone while operating the boat. And I’m not talking about kissing fenders; there were several serious injuries and one death as a result of these two accidents. If the vigilant Coast Guard is having these kind of problems texting while driving, I’m sure the rest of us are just as much at risk. The USCG has already issued guidelines about cell phone usage, but the National Transportation Safety Board …