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American Sailing Week takes over St. Petersburg

enjoying the catamaranOne of the big sailing summer kick-offs took place June 15th-22nd, 2012, as the Renaissance Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg, FL became ASA territory. Members and instructors from around the world descended for a week of celebrating the sailing lifestyle–meeting new friends, enjoying the sunshine, and learning from the best!


With clinics in the mornings, and open dock times every afternoon, there were no shortage of opportunities to get out and sail on Tampa Bay. The boats ranged from the big Leopard 44 catamaran, to Hunters, Catalinas, and Beneateaus, as small as 27 feet and as large as 45. Members got in some great Crew Overboard and Docking practice (including clinics for ladies only) and plenty of time to just handle the boat and enjoy the water.


One of the great assets of being an ASA member is learning from the combined experience of our master instructors! The American Sailing Week schedule was packed with seminars on every topic, including:

  • “The Five Step Plan to the Cruising Life”
  • “Basic Line Handling (aka, Develop Your Cowboy Skills)”
  • “Basic Navigation & Cool Tools”
  • And many more!

One of the biggest and most important clinics was on “Safety at Sea,” and covered a broad spectrum of topics, including the different types of emergencies that can occur at sea, how to call for help, and lifesaving techniques, including an inflatable life raft demonstration in the pool. This was a unique chance to try out a life raft and understand how it works BEFORE you need it!
pirate party
Meanwhile, there were “informal seminars” happening all over the place–at breakfast, poolside, and in the cockpit. The chance to pick the brain of an ASA instructor who has spent decades sailing some of the world’s best cruising grounds was not to be missed!


No gathering of sailors would be complete without some great parties. Aside from daily meals shared at the Vinoy’s fine restaurant or in the local St. Petersburg area, many a cutlass was brandished at the ASA Rooftop Pirate Party, with the skyline of St. Petersburg and the waters of Tampa Bay for a backdrop. And the week ended with a grand awards banquet, a chance to say farewell and thanks for the memories…until next year!

Want to join in on the fun, and attend an ASA event? We have flotillas all around the world, including Croatia, Grenada, and the British Virgin Islands coming up later this year! Click here for our full schedule, and hurry, because spots are filling up fast!

Not an ASA member? It’s easy, and quickly pays for itself through the benefits! Click here to join.

ASA Members Recommend…movies & books

On our Facebook and Twitter pages we love to ask our fans for their opinions on all things nautical. In the last couple of weeks I’ve asked people for their recommendations on sailing movies & books. The guidelines were loose — as long as it has something to do with seafaring, it was fair game. Some of these are serious, some silly, some realistic, some not-so-much. Some you will certainly have seen or read before, some you may not have heard of. All of them are works that our members have enjoyed, and you might too. (Perhaps to fill the long winter months until sailing season starts again?)

These lists are not comprehensive by any means, but they’ll get you started. Let us hear your thoughts in the comments below.

    Captains Courageous (1937) starring Freddie Bartholomew & Spencer Tracy, dir. by Victor Fleming
    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) starring Russell Crowe & Paul Bettany, dir. by Peter Weir
    Captain Ron (1992) starring Kurt Russell & Martin Short, dir. by Thom Eberhardt
    Summer Rental (1984) starring John Candy, dir. by Carl Reiner
    Cabin Boy (1994) starring Chris Elliott, dir. by Adam Resnick
    Wind (1992) starring Matthew Modine & Jennifer Grey, dir. by Carroll Ballard
    Morning Light (2008) starring Chris Branning & Kate Theisen, dir. by Mark Monroe
    Morgan the Pirate (1960) starring Steve Reeves, dir. by Andre de Toth & Primo Zeglio
    The Bounty (1984) starring Mel Gibson & Anthony Hopkins, dir. by Roger Donaldson
    The Adventures of Horatio Hornblower (1998-2003) miniseries starring Ioan Gruffudd, produced by A&E

For a more comprehensive list of sailing movies, click here.

    Fiction Books:
    The Mutiny on the Bounty Trilogy by Charles Nordhoff & James Norman Hall (first volume 1932)
    The Aubrey/Maturin Novels by Patrick O’Brian (series of 20; first volume 1969)
    Swallows and Amazons series by Arthur Ransome (series of 12; first volume 1930)
    The Horatio Hornblower Novels by C.S. Forester (series of 11; first volume 1937)
    Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (1851)
    Middle Passage by Charles Johnson (1990)
    John Dollar by Marianne Wiggins (1989)
    The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (1952)
    Jaws by Peter Benchley (1974)
    Sounding by Hank Searls (1982)
    Mutiny on the Bounty by John Boyne (2008)
    Nonfiction Books:
    Close to the Wind by Pete Goss (2000)
    Blue Latitudes by Tony Horwitz (2002)
    Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum (1900)
    The Last Grain Race by Eric Newby (1956)
    The Boat Who Wouldn’t Float by Farley Mowat (1969)
    Sea Change by Peter Nichols (1998)
    Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana (1840)
    Ten Degrees of Reckoning by Hester Rumberg (2007)
    Looking for a Ship by John McPhee (1990)
    Godforsaken Sea: Racing the World’s Most Dangerous Waters by Derek Lundy (1998)

Note: Though almost all of the books that made our list were written by men, I did come across this list of sailing-related books by and about women.

Got more suggestions? Write a comment!

ASA Sailing Clubs: K.Y.S.C. Fall Leaves Regatta

On Sunday, October 24th, a new ASA local sailing club based in Atlanta, GA got underway with an event they called the “Fall Leaves Regatta.” Organized by club ambassador Cpt. Rob James, the event was a resounding success. Sixteen people got together for an afternoon of sailing and socializing on Lake Arrowhead, GA. Here is Cpt. James’ description:

We had 4 sailboats and one chase boat on the water for three hours. Some people had never sailed before and were guided by those that were ASA certified. We had homemade pumpkin bread, cookies and apple cider. Meanwhile, our club photographer took pictures with the fall colors as a background.

ASA sailing clubs like this one are launching across the country. They’re free to join and have no membership dues. Most importantly, they’re a great way to meet other ASA sailors and get out on the water. Most events are free or very low-cost. The Fall Leaves Regatta, for example, cost $15/person, and that included use of the boats and the food!

Even during the off-season, ASA sailing clubs will be active with social events, movie nights, and more.

To find out more about ASA clubs and how to join (or start one), click here.

To view an existing club page on Boat DOC and join the club community online, click here.

To see more photos from the “Fall Leaves Regatta,” visit us on Facebook.

August Photo of the Month

We had our first Photo of the Month competition on Facebook last week. The above photo of the grand yacht Whisper, submitted by George Bekris, won with the most “likes” from fans. Fans voted on their favorites, and the race was close; the following three tied for second place with only one vote less than the winner:

I find it telling that all four of these top photos showcase similar aspects of sailing–sleek lines, grand beauty, movement. The winner will be showcased as the Photo of the Month in this month’s Sailing With Style e-newsletter, and next month we’ll be hosting another competition with a different theme. It could be photos of pets on boats, it could be the best anchorages, it could be small boats–I’m open to suggestions! What do you want to see as the theme for our next sailing Photo of the Month competition?