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 …

Traditions in Launching Spring Sailing Season

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

Sailors are a superstitious lot. We don’t just hop on a boat and cast off–certain rituals must be observed. Most of these are simple: Don’t leave on a Friday for a long passage, don’t whistle on board, always wear a certain lucky garment, etc. Some of them are practical. For example, a boat needs to be thoroughly inspected and maintained before it is sailed, and of course the people handling the boat need to have quality sailing training. And then, once in a while we go in for something a little more elaborate. At the launch of a new sailing …

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, …

January Photo of the Month: Holiday Edition

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

Christmas only comes once a year, but our monthly Facebook photo contest is always right around the corner. This time our theme (as chosen by you) was “Holidays on a Boat.” From the many great submissions via Facebook, Twitter and email, one was voted the best by the discerning ASA readership. (You can view the full album of entries here.) WINNER: This is the boat that just can’t seem to STOP winning things. This was SailTime Channel Islands’ WINNING entry in the Parade of Lights – Over 30′ sailboat in the commercial division. Not to mention they’ve won 3 years …