American Sailing Quick Guide to Navigation Rules

By: Sailing Tips

It never fails, you are out for a daysail and another vessel decides that the great expanse of ocean is too small and they sail directly at you.  Do you know who has the right away? Do you understand your responsibilities? These are the U.S. Coast Guard Inland Navigation Rules that specifically apply to sailing vessels. Navigation rules apply to all vessels and they can be found here: Sailors who have taken ASA 101 and 103 will have already encountered some of the Steering and Sailing Rules (Part B of the Navigation Rules). ASA 104 requires knowledge of those …

Navigation Quiz

Starpath School of Navigation

By: Elearn, Schools

Online Sailing Courses Starpath School of Navigation has been offering courses for over 30 years and is an American Sailing Affiliate. Starpath has taught classroom courses since 1978, having had more than 30,000 classroom students when they switched to all online training in 2002; They have had thousands of online students since then. Their extensive classroom experience is the foundation for online training. American Sailing and Starpath have teamed up to offer online instruction of sailing courses that do not require you to leave your home. As much as we enjoy being out on the water, we understand that it …

What Is It Quiz

What Is It Quiz

By: Quiz

“What is it?” we ask. Here is a seven question quiz that will expose you as the sailing genius everyone knows you are or the not-so genius everyone has accepted you as… Either way, have fun!


Let’s Talk About Sextants!

By: Equipment, Nautical Trivia, Sailing History

Ah, the sextant… that odd magical contraption that sleeps in an aged wooden box and stored in a seldom-used locker. Every once in a while you break it out and it’s glorious to behold – there’s poetry in its very existence. You look at the curves and the shiny mirrors, then you spin the dials – they feel substantial and real. You gaze at the increment markers and numbers and hold it in your hand just as Captain Cook’s navigator did with something oh so similar. As you feel the weight of this incredible innovative invention you mutter, “I wish …

Take a Coastal Navigation Sailing Course and Build Confidence

By: Standards

Long gone are the days when a sailor cruising alongside an unfamiliar coast had nothing but their compass and the principles of dead reckoning to go by. The age of GPS and electronic chartplotters is here, and with NOAA’s recent announcement that it would be discontinuing paper charts, it is clear that navigation has undergone a titanic shift. Far from making the fundamental principles of navigation obsolete, however, these changes reinforce just how important they are. GPS and other revolutionary electronic aids have greatly enhanced the sailor’s ability to get their position and travel safely, but they are of no …