Featured School: Narragansett Sailing School

By: Destinations, Instructors, Schools

“We suggest you only need to know five things to make a sailboat go. We can teach you those five things in an hour, and by the afternoon you are sailing the boat around the harbor knowing what you are doing. This doesn’t mean you know how to make it stop, or what the buoys mean, or which way you need to pass another boat… Those are the things we teach on day two and three of ASA 101. Some schools say they can teach you the sailing standards in two days. I think you can be exposed to it; …

Modern Sailing Success Stories

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Modern Sailing School in Sausalito has been in operation since 1983 and has certified hundreds of sailors. Their instructors regularly are showered with praise from new sailors who have learned to sail on San Francisco Bay. Do you need the inspiration to learn to sail or to advance your sailing education? Shuffle through some of these endorsements of the sailing education at Modern Sailing. Are you ready to work on your sailing skills? Have a review of a sailing school? Leave us a comment below and we will publish it. Modern Sailing Success Stories Kate and Warren Templeton, Modern Sailors …

Learning to Sail in the Florida Keys

By: Cruising Tips, Destinations, Learn To Sail, Schools

Sailing In The Keys Let’s go straight for the cliches and talk about the Conch Republic and a salty life and toss in flip-flops while you are at it. In a world away from everywhere the Florida Keys stands out as an outpost for the rest of us. The Florida Keys calls to people who would rather disregard responsibility and embrace the sensibility of not being sensible. In other words, if you fantasize about boat life or you just want to spend time near the water, the Keys might be calling you. If you want to learn how to sail …

Sailing in Greece With Fair Winds Sailing

By: Destinations, Learn To Sail

In case you didn’t know, it is common knowledge that the best way to see Greece is by boat. By sailboat to be exact. Sailing the waters off the coast of Greece as well as visiting this archipelago on your own schedule, dictated only by wind and your need for picturesque anchorages, is a sailor’s dream. The allure of the Mediterranean for a sun-splashed vacation filled with fresh seafood and crisp white wine should have a sailing component and one of ASA’s newest instructors, Dimitris Bampkos of Fair Winds Sailing Greece, is ready to show it you.

Captain Stacey Brooks on Sailing and Visiting Cuba with Sea Dog Sailing

By: Destinations, Sailing Story, women on the water

Cuba Libre As the wheels hit the runway in Havana, I gasped with the strong realization that I was finally fulfilling this lifetime dream. After all my years at sea around the Caribbean and the world, deep in my soul, I had always wanted to experience and sail Cuba. The largest island nation in the Caribbean sea, ironically the closest to the US, and yet I had never been there. In fact, a lot of Americans have never been there. All the more reason to go. The controversy, as well as the severe beauty and contradictions, have tugged at my …

Sailing in San Francisco with Spinnaker Sailing

By: Destinations, Schools

Spend any time in San Francisco and you’ll be hard-pressed to ignore the Bay. While the sourdough bread bowls and cable cars get a lot of press along with the world-class dining and Golden Gate bridge; the sailing in the Bay is what should attract you to this Northern California city. Be careful not to leave your heart here and always save time for some on-land diversions. We asked the sailors at Spinnaker Sailing-San Francisco about their love affair with the city and they were more than eager to tell us why you should be choosing San Francisco as a …

Featured School: Perry Yacht Club

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Perry Yacht Club on Lake Perry in Meriden, Kansas ASA had a conversation with Paul Barnett from Perry Yacht Club in Meriden, Kansas, His passion for the area explains why he loves to share it with others through sailing. “I consider this to be the most spectacular view in Kansas” he explains when describing the location of Perry Yacht Club. Home to Perry Yacht Club, Perry Lake is the largest lake in Kansas. The club, on the northwestern shore, is high on a bluff overlooking a large portion of the lake. Perry Yacht Club is celebrating its 50th year this …

Sail Local: Sailing Colorado

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Drive across Colorado and you’ll notice that there are a lot of mountains and a lack of an ocean.  Rivers flow in every direction from the Continental divide and you are more apt to find a ski resort than a sailing school. However, they exist and if you thought that being landlocked would prevent you from learning how to sail, you would be wrong.  Colorado is home to plenty of lakes and reservoirs and it is there where Coloradans work on their sailing education.  There is a sailing community in Colorado. Is Colorado the place for you to learn to …