How Did You Fall In Love With Sailing?

By: Sailing Story

It’s that time of the year where we talk about our love interests via Valentine’s Day. Will sailing be your Valentine? I am a sailing cliche. I fell in love with sailing with Bob Marley in the background, a sunset, and the intoxication of a Mexican vacation.   All it took was a “booze cruise” on a 60-foot catamaran on the sea of Cortez. I wasn’t old enough to drink, but nobody seemed to care. The sailing excursion is titled a sunset cruise. In the brochures, when they sell you the ticket on the dusty street in Cabo San Lucas, the …

New discussion forum for ASA instructors on Facebook

By: American Sailing Association, Instructors, Social Media

The sport and lifestyle of sailing are ever-changing, and ASA instructors, some of the finest sailing teachers in the world, are a great resource to the community and to each other. Now there’s a place online for instructors to quickly and easily talk to each other about strategies, techniques, and the issues of the day. The brand new ASA Sailing Instructors group on Facebook is the official online meeting place for our qualified instructors. Here you can share documents, including text, articles, photos, and videos. You can also comment on and discuss any topic related to the work or lifestyle …

April Photo of the Month: Spring Launch

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

It is a tradition that, like the changing of the seasons and the imminent filing of tax returns, is an inevitable part of the circle of life. I’m talking, of course, about our monthly Sailing Photo Contest on ASA social media. The best amateur sailing snapshots coming pouring in to our Facebook page from around the world and our online community elects one among them to stand above all the others. I receive entries and votes via Twitter, email, and I wouldn’t be surprised if one of these days I get a telegraph. Votes come in from all of these …

The Times They Are A-Changin’ (On Facebook)

By: American Sailing Association, Social Media

You may have noticed that the computer whizzes over at Facebook, mysterious and secretive as they are, have been slowly but surely rolling out some major changes. We lowly Facebook users don’t usually get much of a heads-up on these kinds of things. But here at ASA, social media has become a large part of how we connect with our members, get new people interested in sailing, and spread the word about our sailing schools. So we don’t want our friends and fans sailing upwind. To that end, I’m going to try to explain some of Facebook’s quirks and get …

2010: The Year in American Sailing

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

2010 has been a year of drama on the high seas, and one of change and excitement for ASA. Here’s a rundown of some of the big news from the past year: TOP SAILING STORY OF THE YEAR: Abby Sunderland Nothing else in the maritime world even came close to equaling the notoriety (and controversy) of this 16-year-old Californian sailor’s odyssey. Sunderland departed from ASA’s home port of Marina Del Rey, CA in January, attempting to become the youngest solo circumnavigator ever (a record previously held by her older brother Zac). She successfully rounded Cape Horn, but on June 10, …