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ASA to offer free on-the-water lessons and advanced clinics at Strictly Sail Miami

miami boat showStrictly Sail Miami, from February 16-20, 2012, is always a popular event–a chance for sailors from around the country to escape winter gloom–and this year’s version should be the best one yet. Why?

Because ASA will be partnering with the Discover Sailing Resource Center, and that means FREE on-the-water sailing lessons and clinics taught by experienced ASA instructors! These clinics are expected to fill up very quickly, so pre-registration is highly recommended! See below for details.

There will be opportunities for all skill levels, from absolute beginners to seasoned hands. All training is based on ASA’s internationally renowned training and certification programs and will be taught aboard 30’ to 40′ sailboats.

In addition to the free lessons, there will be an Advanced Cruising Skills Seminar for those looking to hone their bluewater sailing skills, and an exclusive Introduction to Cruising Catamarans. You’ll find all the details below!

DETAILS AND REGISTRATION:

Basic and Intermediate Hands-On Training Clinics

  • Introduction to Sailing
  • Intermediate Coastal Cruising
  • Docking Under Power

When: Held daily beginning Friday, February 17th

Requirements: Must be 18 or older and capable of participating as an active crewmember while underway.

Register online at http://www.regonline.com/strictlysailmiami2012.  Please note: a $4 online registration fee will be added to the cost of your boat show ticket.

Advanced Cruising Skills Seminars

Some of the American Sailing Association’s most experienced blue water instructors will conduct hands on seminars geared toward sailors interested in chartering and offshore sailing. These intensive 3 ½ hour sessions cover skills and techniques that are part of ASA’s Bareboat Cruising (ASA 104) and Advanced Coastal Cruising (ASA 106) programs.

Advance registration is REQUIRED, and participation is limited to 5 persons per boat. The cost is $125 per person, which includes 2 days boat show admission (a $36 value). To register, click the following link:
www.regonline.com/strictlysailmiamiadvanced

Requirements: Participants must be at least 18 years old and capable of participating as an active crewmember while underway.

Here’s the schedule so you can plan your time at the show!

Miami Exclusive — Introduction to Cruising Catamarans

American Sailing Association instructors will cover Cruising Catamaran fundamentals including techniques for tacking and jibing in light air, correct sail trim, steering a compass course, line handling and winch safety, crew overboard recovery, maneuvering in tight spaces under power and much more.  All learning elements are taken directly from the ASA Cruising Catamaran certification course (ASA 114).

Advance registration is required

Space is very limited for the Cruising Catamaran clinic, and advance registration is required.  Participants must be at least 18 years of age and capable of performing as an active crew member while underway.  Cost for this exclusive seminar is $125 including 2 days boat show admission.  You can find out more details, register online and get your boat show ticket in advance at the follow web link – http://www.regonline.com/ssmiamicruisingcats

Seminar for Cruising Couples in Miami

sideways sailingSingle-handers and other brave (but lonely) seafarers tend to get most of the press, but let’s face it, it’s a lot more fun to sail the seas with somebody. Maybe this is something you and your partner have always wanted to do, but the idea of learning everything you need to know leaves you feeling a little bit…sideways.

That’s why ASA is sponsoring the “Cruising Couples” seminar series, presented by Jeff Grossman & Jean Levine of Two Can Sail. They will be holding this immersive, day-long seminar on February 19 at the Miami Boat Show, and it’s a can’t-miss for the couple who has always wanted to charter or cruise together, but needs a bit of advice and encouragement.

Jeff & Jean, along with their crack team of captains, authors, meteorologists, marine surveyors, and ASA instructors, can help you “take the drama out the dream.” The seminar focuses on such varied topics as planning, teamwork, facing your fears, and dealing with nasty weather. The Two Can Sail team has collaborated on a Seminar Companion Guide which each participating couple will receive, in addition to a free pair of tickets to Sunday at the Miami Boat Show. And, equally important, there will be plenty of time for socializing, asking questions, and discussing the topic with the experts and your fellow cruising couples.
green water
These seminars have limited space, and at the time of writing there are ONLY 10 spots for couples remaining! (It is highly recommended that both people attend.) The cost is $275 per couple, but if you’re an ASA member make sure to ask for your $15 discount. If only one person is able to attend, the cost is $150. To register, visit their website here, email them, or call 727-644-7496.

Jeff & Jean will have you “right side up” and fulfilling your sailing dreams!

Highlights from Strictly Sail Chicago 2011

snow outside navy pierThey were building snow sculptures outside of Chicago’s Navy Pier last weekend, but the real action was inside where the 16th Annual Strictly Sail Chicago Boat Show was being held. ASA was there along with many of our affiliate schools and legions of other exhibitors from every sector of the boating world.

Our representatives bravely left the comfort of a Southern California winter (ASA is headquartered in Los Angeles) to face the bitter cold coming off of Lake Michigan. (Although, truth be told, the temperatures weren’t that bad, low-30s and high-20s. Easy for this writer to say, having stayed nice and warm in So Cal!) As always, our booth was staffed by our fabulous instructors, who donated their time in order to have a chance to meet sailors (and potential sailors) face to face and lend their expertise to any questions.
asa booth

An exciting new development at this show was having ASA instructors also staffing the Discover Sailing booth. We’ll be continuing this at Strictly Sail Miami, from Feb. 17-21. What’s even better, thanks to the paradisical weather of Miami’s Bayside Marina, ASA’s Discover Sailing activities will include 90 minute on-the-water sailing clinics! Click here for more on this and other exciting features at this show. Note that we STRONGLY recommend booking a spot on the sailing clinics in advance, as we expect them to be VERY popular.
discover sailing booth
Despite the cold, Strictly Sail Chicago was by all accounts a great success. Some of our members wrote to us describing it as “a great show” and “the best in years.” The big boat manufacturers were out in force: Jenneau, Beneteau, Hunter, Hobie Cat, and more, showing off their newest and coolest models. Even round-the-world sailor extraordinaire Zac Sunderland was there–and look for him in Miami too!

If you’ve got any tales from Chicago to share, please leave a comment. And let us know if you’re heading down to Miami!

Come Visit Us at Upcoming Boat Shows!

asa burgee flying high
ASA regularly makes the rounds of the nation’s premier boat shows. Recently you may have encountered us in Annapolis or St. Petersburg, where we’ve had booths staffed with folks from ASA headquarters, volunteer instructors enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge of the sailing lifestyle, and a wealth of materials available about our schools and sailing opportunities.

Boat shows are places where sailors gather to geek out over the latest boat designs and cool gadgets, yes, but also a good spot for prospective boat owners or those just learning to sail to go for more information. So if you’ve been pondering taking the plunge into the world of sailing, which can be overwhelming for a newcomer, a boat show is a great place to catch up with us. ASA’s mission is to make this lifestyle available and accessible to everyone and to make sure sailors trained by an ASA school have confidence and knowledge out on the water.

With that in mind, here are some upcoming shows where you can find us:

STRICTLY SAIL CHICAGO
http://www.strictlysailchicago.com/
Click here to get discounted tickets with promo code: ASA
January 27-30, 2011, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

  • ASA will be in booth #403 and will also be running the activities at the Discover Sailing booth!
  • For discounted tickets, CLICK HERE and enter promo code: ASA
  • A number of ASA sailing schools will be exhibiting – stop by our both and we can point you in the right direction!

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW
http://www.miamiboatshow.com/
February 17-21, 2011, Miamarine at Bayside, Miami, FL

  • ASA will be in booth #827 – Bayside.  We’ll also be running the Discover Sailing booth again, with some amazing new activities you won’t want to miss!
  • A great place to escape winter weather!

Hope to see you at one of these shows, and we’ll keep you posted on the Spring schedule!