Sirocco and Bora Bora Breezes

By: American Sailing Association, Flotillas, Members, Weather

Continuing “Croatian Tapestry” The builders of Korcula were excellent urban planners. Inside the walled city the narrow alleyways feel mazelike, but in fact they are laid out in parallel lines with only a couple cross streets running the entire length. The ancient builders positioned the streets this way to take advantage of the seasonal winds: Warm Sirocco breezes are the city’s natural air conditioning in summer, while the cold northern Bora Boras, coming from the perpendicular direction in the winter, are blocked out. Our passage back to Milna from Korcula gave us first-hand experience of the biting Bora Bora, beginning …

The Scientific Testing of Sladoleds

By: American Sailing Association, Flotillas, Members

Continuing “Croatian Tapestry” We woke up early in Hvar to proper gusts straining us back on our mooring ball and a half-chafed through bow line. I’d been up the whole night checking and half-expecting this, but the grim reality of having to cast off at 6am in the dark was an abrupt awakening nevertheless. We scooted across the choppy channel to Palmizana to meet up with the rest of the group (we were a bit scattered out because moorings were so scarce the night before). The wild wind on that short early morning ride got my adrenaline pumping and reminded …

Fighting for Hvar

By: American Sailing Association, Flotillas, Members

Continuing “Croatian Tapestry” The sail between Komiza and Hvar was a stretch in and out of lulls and wind alleys, which made for an active day at the helm. And rounding the corner as Hvar Town harbor came into view, I thought “it appears it will be an active night as well.” Hvar from seaward looked every bit the chic Euro vacation destination—a waterfront dotted with posh lounges and beds, yachts lining the seawall, and vendors’ shops crowding the sidewalks. There’s good reason why Hvar is so popular, we came to find out on our evening stroll through town. But …

Lessons from American Sailing Week

By: American Sailing Association, Instructors, Members, Sailboats

American Sailing Week, ASA’s annual members’ event, took place on the beaches of Clearwater Beach, Florida, September 10-17. Captain Jean K Levine and Captain Jeff Grossman were the event’s gracious hosts. A week-long party of ASA educators and members with all skill levels, the event is always an excellent and fun place to learn. Member Kerrie Lynn Hartt from Montreal collects some of her favorite lessons taken away the week: I can’t believe it’s been 1 week since the ASA Sailing Week, and yes its cold here, some 54’F, and I am wearing a winter hat as my body adjusts …

Six brandies, two kittens, and one lamb

By: American Sailing Association, Flotillas, Members

Continuing “Croatian Tapestry” The destination for our second day was the tiny island of Vis. After a lunchtime stop at Tito’s private submarine base (which we dinghy’d into with homemade sangria in hand!), we sailed around the point into the beautiful cove of Luka Vis. And this was the view out the stern where we moored: We had a couple of hours of down time before the taxis arrived to transport all of us to a family winery up in the hills for dinner. We bought some more prsut and nectarines from the market and walked along the rolling waterfront …

Croatian Tapestry

By: American Sailing Association, Equipment, Flotillas

Croatia is a stunningly beautiful country. Decades of time here are layered in clear relief: Renaissance structures sit atop pre-Roman ones, graceful Gothic windows are built into rough-hewn 5th century walls, and modern plaster joins marble floors smoothed by several centuries of walking feet. The history is palpable–tangible actually–you can lean on a pillar built in 300 A.D., then reach the other way and touch a sculpture from 1400. It struck me yesterday, as the Croatia Flotilla participants took a walking tour of Trogir and Split, that it will be impossible for me to describe what we’ll be seeing and …

September’s Photo of the Month

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

This month’s theme was “Lessons in Action.” We received all sorts of photos, from textbook man overboard drills to non-textbook lessons “from the school of hard knocks.” Greg Rogers of Leo Robbins Sailing Center in Ventura, CA, submitted one of the most important lessons of all in this great sequence–and the Facebook fans “liked” it best! “Level 2 Small Boat sailing “capsize and recovery” lesson at Leo Robbins Community Sailing Center in Ventura, CA. Photo by Satish Putta.” These two shots were the tied runners-up: Left: New Yorkers in the Caribbean preparing for a night sail as part of their …

Last Minute Deals for Member’s Event!

By: American Sailing Association, Members

ASA Members in the Florida Area, this one’s for you! Just released: Last minute deals during the Members’ Event in Clearwater Beach, Florida. It’s only 3 weeks away (Sept 10-17)! Here are the details and itinerary: ANY ASA MEMBER CAN CHOOSE: Weekend ONLY Special: $595 per person includes • Accommodations: 2 nights (Fri. & Sat.) in standard room, double occupancy • King or 2 Doubles. All Suite Accommodations: with private balconies and water views of Clearwater Bay. Suites include a separate living area with a sofa bed, a wet bar, mini-fridge & microwave. Each suite features 2 LCD HDTV’s, a …

Thousands of Words of Wilderness

By: American Sailing Association, Flotillas

Trying to capture July’s Gulf Islands flotilla with one-dimensional words would be futile. The wild beauty and solitude of the Canadian cruising ground is best represented by this stunning collection of photographs, which were taken by the many talented flotilla participants. While you can’t hear the forceful puff of an Orca whale spouting in the silent morning, or smell the heady flowers in Buchart Gardens, or taste the sticky-sweet rum-pecan rolls from the floating bakery barge in Montague Harbor, you can feast your imagination on these shots, each worth well over a thousand words. Next year, consider heading north for …