American Sailing Association

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North Sails Factory Tour

Sailmaking is an ever-changing, constantly developing and always interesting element of sailing so we like to keep up with the latest trends and …

Sailing

Bringin’ Back Tough – The Golden Globe Race is a Solo Round the World Race for Sailors Like Us

These days, when you think about round the world races, images of high tech surfboard-like carbon fiber boats with enormous black sails sailing …

Sailing

7 Great Summer Sailing Reads

Red Sky in Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea <br>by Tami Oldham Ashcraft with Susea McGearhart<p>Adrift, the movie that is based on …

Sailing

Interesting Things at the Top of World

In 2018, the Earth’s Magnetic North Pole – a wandering location where lines of magnetic force enter the Earth perpendicularly – is predicted by …

Earth Science

Operation “Plastic Pollution Purge”

<b>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Operation “Plastic Pollution Purge” – Local Sailing Community Starts New Crusade to Clean Our Waterways</b><p><b>LOS ANGELES, June 5,</b> …

Pollution

Gone In An Instant

<b>A man overboard incident at the 2017 Chicago Race to Mackinac teaches important boat safety lessons.</b> by Ken Quant (originally published in May 2018 …

Knots Made Easy: The Fast Bowline

If you want to impress your friends here’s a trick for tying a quick bowline. With a bit of practice this method can be lightning fast.<p>Other Knots …

Seamanship Gone to the Dogs!

Yes, your furry first mate is great to have around on a day-sail or cruise – they provide moral support, positive affirmation and usually a bit of …

Benefits of ASA Membership

American Sailing Association membership is about the future of sailing, access to the water, the environment and you!

Deciphering Merchant Ship Hull Markings

You may have noticed the mysterious numbers, letters, and symbols on a merchant ship’s hull. To most of us, these merchant ship hull markings look …

First Day of Sailing School

<b>Join Lauren on her adventure as she embarks on a journey to learn to sail. Follow her as she gets her feet wet as a beginner, gains experience, and</b> …

What Is It Quiz

<b>Elements Quiz</b><br>Take a crack at this quiz that focuses on understanding the elements – tides, fog, currents... that kind of stuff.<p><b>Navigation Rules …

Summer Sailstice – Let’s All Go Sailing Together on June 23rd.

Every year the Summer Sailstice gets a bit more popular and a lot more fun. For the uninitiated this event… well, it’s not really an event, it’s a …

More People Introduced to the Sailing Lifestyle by ASA Than Any Other Boating Organization Worldwide

<b>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE<br>Number of sailors certified by American Sailing Association surpasses 500,000</b><p><b>LOS ANGELES – April 18, 2018</b> – The American Sailing …

5 Somewhat Unnecessary Indulgences to Start the Upcoming Season

Oh lordy – the birds are chirpin’, the snow’s melted and that boat is ready to gallop around for another spring and summer (at least). Here’s a list …

Bearings, April 2018

In the April issue of the BEARINGS newsletter we learn about ASA’s significant milestone in terms of certified sailors, we also introduce Ken Brown …

Meet Ken Brown, ASA’s Man in China

Please meet Ken Brown of Saint Petersburg, Florida. He is ASA’s man in China. The first thing I have to tell you about Ken is that he holds nearly …

Cannabis and the USCG

In states where cannabis is legal, your students may think it is OK to bring state-legal recreational amounts of the drug aboard. ASA schools and …

Getting My Feet Wet

<b>Join Lauren on her adventure as she embarks on a journey to learn to sail. Follow her as she gets her feet wet as a beginner, gains experience, and</b> …

Sailing

Kupps Full of Dreams

Here’s the deal: We love to see regular ol’ people discover sailing, then learn to sail through one of our schools and, in the end, continue sailing …

Sailing

Laura Dekker Interview, Part 2

Here is the second installment of our interview with the youngest sailor to sail around the world alone, Laura Dekker. In this part Laura speaks of …

Sailing

International Boating and Water Safety Summit

The 22nd annual International Boating and Water Safety Summit (IBWSS) was held in Lexington, Kentucky from 04 March to 07 March 2018. The IBWSS is …

Sailing

Miami Boat Show Review

If you have been to the Miami Boat show, you know that it is interesting and eagerly attended by the area’s extensive boating community. Maybe it’s …

Sailing

2017 Outstanding Instructors

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Docking Made Easy: Fenders

Hanging fenders is something we all have to do, but new sailors might be wondering about the correct way to accomplish this common task. So, for …

Space Exploration

Sailing in Key West after the Hurricane

<b>Sailing in Key West after the Hurricane</b> <i><br>A Perspective By Bob Solliday, USCG Captain and ASA Instructor</i><p>Many have heard the tales of destruction that …

Hands Across The Sea Delivers 107,194 Books to Schools in the Caribbean!

The American Sailing Association has been partners with Hands Across the Sea for many years. Hands Across the Sea is dedicated to raising the …

Navigation Quiz

What is datum on a nautical chart?<p>A formula used to derive the time it will take to sail a given course.You guessing? Incorrect.<br>• A horizontal line …

Exciting News For Sailors for the Sea

Beyond sailing, the American Sailing Association is most committed to issues revolving around protecting the oceans and waterways that we so …

Laura Dekker Interview, Part 1

In the years between 2008 and 2010 the sailing world and beyond saw a wave of very young sailors embarking upon monstrous undertakings that would …