Going to Strictly Sail Pacific in Oakland, CA, April 12th-15th? These ASA schools will have booths—visit them to talk sailing and for special promotions and deals only available at the show! Some of the specials are listed here, and others you will have to visit to discover. And be sure to check back periodically, because new deals may be added as the show rolls along!
This year, ASA will be participating for the first time in Texas’ largest in-water boat show, the South West International Boat Show. And if it’s the biggest thing in Texas, you know it’s going to be HUGE. You’ll be able to find us there along with many of our sailing schools.
WHEN: March 22-25, 2012
WHERE: South Shore Harbour Marina, Bay Area Houston, Texas
All the biggest boat manufacturers will be there, including Beneteau, Hunter, Jeanneau, Lagoon, Catalina, and Leopard. Come check out their latest models in the beautiful warm-weather setting of the Texas gulf coast. Over 400 boats will be in the water, and many of them ready to demo! Continue reading →
They 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.
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.
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!
This past week our Facebook page has been hosting the November Photo of the Month contest, and this being the first such contest I’ve presided over as ASA Social Media Coordinator, I wasn’t sure what I was in for. Photography is a dangerous thing in the wrong hands. There are the inevitable black & white shots of spiderwebs, the wings of airplanes, and, of course, the “Everyone Has Their Eyes Closed” (my personal specialty).
So I left it to you, the faithful ASA members and fans. And you did not disappoint. We jumped into this with no theme and no instructions beyond “Show me what ya got.” As it turns out, we could make 2 years worth of calendars from what you’ve got.
Without further ado, I present the winner, November’s Photo of the Month:
This one emerged from a very strong field as the runaway winner. The submitter, Kevin Costello, describes the scene thusly: “Sunset Over Manhattan Harbour. Sailing with Manhattan Sailing Club with Ellis Island and an amazing sky for a backdrop.”
Congratulations, Kevin! Tell him what he’s won!
(In addition to the overwhelming praise of his peers, this photo will be featured in November’s ASA E-Newsletter.)
We must also pay homage to our runner-up, submitted by Richard Simpson:
“Sunset at anchor just outside of Comox BC, Canada.”
Lastly, I’m going to bestow an Editor’s Choice Award on Joe Hanna’s shot of open ocean (somewhere between San Francisco and O’ahu) for giving me flashbacks to my own Pacific Ocean crossing:
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who submitted. Keep those cameras handy for next month’s contest, which will have a theme (TBD).