Sailing Inspiration: Puget Sound Sailing Institute

By: Instructors, Schools, Testimonials

ASA Kudos to Mike Rice of Puget Sound Sailing Institute New ASA sailor Angela Baune has spent most of her 57 years in landlocked cities, and in 2017 she was involved in an accident that left her mentally and physically broken. “My brain doesn’t process information as fast as it used to and it takes a lot of repetition to commit things to memory,” explains Angela. In 2021 she and her husband moved to the Seattle area. “I am new to the water, but I was immediately attracted to its beauty.” It wasn’t long until Angela and her husband, Donald, …

Voyaging with Velella: Rite of Passage (Part 1)

By: American Sailing Association, Sailboats, Weather

Continuing the Voyaging with Velella series by ASA writer-at-large Meghan Harvey. Meghan and her husband Prescott have been cruising aboard their boat Velella for the past 8 months, first in Mexico and now in the Pacific Northwest. Almost two years ago, we left Seattle tentatively on a boat we barely knew. We had spent weeks and months preparing for our big voyage–-going over everything with a fine toothed comb, packing and repacking, whittling away at our big Excel sheet of to-dos. For 8 weeks, I studied navigation and trained to get my Captain’s license. We serviced all the fire extinguishers …

Voyaging with Velella: Sailing Backwards. No Joke.

By: American Sailing Association, Flotillas, Sailboats

Continuing the Voyaging with Velella series by ASA writer-at-large Meghan Cleary. Meghan, her fiance Prescott, and their kitten Nessie have just finished a 6-month cruise in Mexico and are now sailing the Pacific Northwest. When we picked up Velella in Victoria after 6 months of cruising in Mexico, we quickly remembered how to deal with cooler-weather sailing. We pulled out our heavy wool blankets, a tray to catch water from our wet rainboots, full-fingered sailing gloves and high-collared foulies, tea and oatmeal. We also just as quickly were re-introduced to the challenges of sailing in waters with strong currents—and in …