ASA Members Recommend…movies & books

By: American Sailing Association, Members, Social Media

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 …

Can You Design a Better Life Jacket?

By: American Sailing Association, Equipment, Instructors, Members, Safety

Ever find yourself fiddling interminably with straps and velcro, or tottering around feeling like the Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters 2? These may be signs that your life jacket is bulky, uncomfortable, inefficient, and irritating. The Boat U.S. Foundation is offering a $5,000 prize to the person who can make a significant improvement in life jacket design – and we think it would be cool if an ASA member or instructor was the winner. According to BoatUS, “drownings account for 70% or more of all boating fatalities. Of the people who drown, over 80% were not wearing a life jacket.” They’re …

Voyaging with Velella: Daylight Savings

By: American Sailing Association, Sailboats, Social Media, Weather

Continuing the “Voyaging with Velella” series by ASA writer-at-large Meghan Cleary. Meghan, Prescott and their kitten Nessie are on a planned 9-month cruise in the tropics. “Dark as night” gets to deeper levels when you’re 50 miles offshore at 3am. The absence of the moon makes the blackness complete, since the stars shed no light, but merely leave a pointillist reminder of what light was like in the sky. I awoke for watch at 2 o’clock this morning; Prescott had been on since 8pm. We’re doing 6-hour night watches this time around, because 4-on, 4-off is just too exhausting on …

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

By: American Sailing Association, Members, Sailboats

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 …

Voyaging with Velella: Departure Day

By: American Sailing Association, Equipment, Sailboats, Social Media

Continuing the “Voyaging with Velella” series by ASA writer-at-large Meghan Cleary. Meghan, Prescott and their kitten Nessie are on a planned 9-month cruise in the tropics. Yesterday, I chiseled off the last of dozens of teak plugs that I replaced on Velella’s decks. I spent days sanding, routing out old caulking, and smoothing in new shiny black lines. Months, actually. The plugs were the last in a long line of deck-related projects, and now she’s snug and dry and ready for sea. We’re moored right next to the seawall in Marina del Rey’s D Basin, so we often have passers-by …

Voyaging with Velella: Things that Go Bump in the Night

By: American Sailing Association, Sailboats, Social Media

This is the first installment in the “Voyaging with Velella” series by ASA writer-at-large Meghan Cleary. Meghan, Prescott and their kitten Nessie are on a planned 9-month cruise from Los Angeles to New York via the Panama Canal. Our to-do list is dwindling. It’s hard for me not to find other things to do to fill the holes . . . but if I did that we’d never leave. So tonight, we’re headed to Universal Studios Halloween Haunted House to scare the crap out of ourselves. You know, for fun. I hear the production value is incredibly high. Our haunted …

Preparing for the Departure of SV Velella

By: American Sailing Association, Equipment, Sailboats, Social Media

Ladies and gentlemen, as you know, Meghan Cleary and her fiance´ Prescott are about to embark on a 9-month cruise aboard SV Velella. Oh, and the kitten is going too. Yesterday we, the ASA staff, ducked out a little early to go down to their slip nearby in beautiful Marina del Rey, CA, and wish them well. Here, captured on video, are Meghan and Prescott doing their best to get on Neptune’s good side with champagne. You can spot the rest of us standing around–I’ll let you guess who’s who. Remember, you can always watch these and all our other …

November Photo of the Month Contest Results

By: American Sailing Association, Members, Sailboats, Social Media

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 …

“Promotion to the Ocean”

By: American Sailing Association, Social Media

It’s officially autumn, my friends, which makes this a perfectly natural migration time. The birds do it, the “snowbirds” do it, and now I’m going to do it too. With a knot of excitement in my stomach, it’s time to announce know that I’m moving on from the ASA Social Media office, but in a way I hope you all will appreciate: We’re embarking in three weeks on a nine-month cruise in the tropics. (Yipee!!!!) We’re bringing in a new social media guru to connect with you all on a daily basis (he’s great, you’ll love him)–and I’ll still be …