Official American Sailing Association Textbooks
This book has been created for those looking to continue their cruising and seamanship skills. You will get a deep insight into how to improve performance of your boat in both upwind and downwind situations, heavy weather environments, long-distance cruising, and more.
Here are just a few topics from the book:
- How understanding Bernoulli’s Principle unlocks the keys to going fast
- The 3 sources of mainsail power (Angle of Attack, Depth, & Twist)
- Getting the most power possible out of the jib and mainsail
- How to fix too much/little weather helm
- Running wing-and-wing
- Gennakers and asymmetrical spinnakers
- Symmetrical spinnaker sailing
- Broaches, dismastings, and other emergencies
- Preparing your boat for a long-distance cruise
- How to address seasickness
- Anchoring in all different situations including rafting
- And much, much more– over 180-page textbook!
Learning to sail in a small boat is fundamentally the same regardless of the boat type but traditional courses and books treat catamarans and dinghies separately. Sailing expert and best-selling author, Peter Isler, has combined learning the basics of sailing in both boat types in this revolutionary new book. Want to learn to sail in a small boat? This book will be the foundation of your sailing life forever. Targeted towards younger sailors, Let’s Go Sailing goes through the ABCs of learning to sail in any small boat. The latest in ASA’s acclaimed line of sailing textbooks is clear, concise and easy to understand and features extraordinary illustrations and photos that makes the sport of sailing come alive for the new sailor. ASA’s new 112-page small boat book is printed in full color, and is protected by a water-resistant cover. It is the greatest little learn to sail book ever. It is also the official textbook for the Basic Small Boat Sailing (ASA 110)
Sailing Made Easy, which Sailing Magazine called “best in class” upon its release in 2010, is the most comprehensive education and boating safety learn-to-sail guide to date. It is also the official textbook for the ASA Basic Keelboat Standard (ASA 101). Incorporated in the textbook are useful illustrations and exceptional photographs of complex sailing concepts. The text’s most distinguishing feature is its user friendly “spreads” in which instructional topics are self-contained on opposing pages throughout the book. There are also chapter end quizzes and a glossary to help those new to sailing to navigate their way through the extensive nautical terminology.
Coastal Cruising Made Easy is not only the official textbook for the ASA Basic Coastal Cruising Standard (ASA 103), but also the definitive go-to resource for all sailors who enjoy cruising and destination oriented sailing. The text is published in full color and contains striking sailing photography from well-known photographer Billy Black, and world-class illustrations from award-winning illustrator Peter Bull. One of the text’s most distinguishing features is its user friendly “spreads” in which instructional topics are self-contained on opposing pages throughout the book. This easy to read learning tool follows the critically acclaimed Sailing Made Easy, which Sailing Magazine called “best in class” upon its release in 2010. Sailing Made Easy is the #1 resource in basic sailing education, and Coastal Cruising Made Easy is poised to become the industry standard in intermediate sailing education.
Bareboat Cruising Made Easy is not only the official textbook for the ASA Bareboat Cruising Standard (ASA 104), but also the definitive go-to resource for all sailors who enjoy cruising and destination oriented sailing. It is an all-in-one reference book that includes everything a cruising sailor needs to know, from general planning to technical guidance to sailing advice. From its 4 color, high-end illustrations and photographs to its modern, easy-to-read design, Bareboat Cruising Made Easy is a beauty. The 212 page book was created by a team of expert sailors, writers, editors and artists who shaped the content together, making it the most helpful, accurate, and all-inclusive chartering/cruising manual.
“Cruising Catamarans Made Easy” is the premier sailing textbook to focus exclusively on how to operate a cruising catamaran. This textbook highlights the unique art of sailing a larger catamaran with its distinctive characteristics and operating systems. Richly illustrated with detailed, instructive photos and easy to understand educational text, this 100 page textbook belongs on every catamaran with a cabin! The book was written as the syllabus for those taking ASA’s updated 114 Catamaran Cruising Course, as well as to easily familiarize more experienced monohull sailors entering the burgeoning catamaran charter and sales markets. Learn More…