American Sailing Association

By American Sailing Association | The American Sailing Association was founded in 1983 with a simply stated mission: to teach people to sail safely and confidently. In addition to our worldwide network of sailing schools, our online resources for new & experienced sailors continues to grow - we have  lots of great tips, instructional sailing videos, travel guides for far away cruising destinations, and fun quizzes to test your sailing knowledge! 

From ASA 101 to Unforgettable Adventures Crossing Oceans

ASA Certified Sailor Scott Elles is Living Life<p>There are some truly amazing circle-the-globe races out there. There’s the Volvo Ocean Race, the …

Yacht Racing

ASA 101 Exam Day

<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> …

Santa Barbara

Join Us In Celebrating Coastal Cleanup Day

In the 1980s, a small group of volunteers in Texas rallied their community together to take a day to clean up their coastal area. They organized a …

Let’s Talk About Sextants!

Ah, the sextant… that odd magical contraption that sleeps in an aged wooden box and stored in a seldom-used locker. Every once in a while you break …

Captain Cook

Considering a Long Distance Cruising Adventure? Join a Sailing Rally!

We all know sailboat racing is a common means sailors use to stay on top of their game, improve seamanship and have fun on the water, but lots of …

Sailing

Interview with Sailing Legend Peter Isler

We had the privilege of catching up with world-renowned sailor Peter Isler to get his thoughts on the state of sailing and racing today:<p><b>ASA:</b> When it …

Sailing

Sailing in the Clouds

<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

USCG Marine Safety Alert

The U.S. Coast Guard has received reports from crews, ship owners, inspectors and other mariners regarding poor reception on VHF frequencies used for …

Coast Guard

Dressed to Not Kill

Diversity in Sailing – Where Is It?

Ayme Sinclair is just an ordinary sailor, but at the same time she is anything but. Like many of us, she races with her team on Wednesday nights, …

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 …

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 …

Sail Trim Quiz

Simply put, what does the word “draft” mean in terms of sail trim?<p>The amount of wind that spills off of a sail, usually a mainsailNope! Hit the …

5 Things in Sailing I’ve Learned the Hard Way

With summer in full bloom, I sit here on a mooring thinking… What are some things I’ve learned the hard way on this boat? There are more than this …

Plastic Pollution Purge: WECT with Kevin Hennessey from Cape Fear Sailing Academy

To help clean up our waterways, the American Sailing Association announces a new crusade… Operation #ASAPlasticPollutionPurge, visit …

Plastic Pollution Purge

To help clean up our waterways, the American Sailing Association announces a new crusade… Operation #ASAPlasticPollutionPurge, visit …

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 …

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 …

Plastic Pollution Purge: FOX 11 and Elbert “Ash” Ashbaugh from the American Sailing Association in Los Angeles, California

To help clean up our waterways, the American Sailing Association announces a new crusade… Operation #ASAPlasticPollutionPurge, visit …

Los Angeles

Plastic Pollution Purge: NBC 5 with Bob Weber from Odyssey Sailing School in St. Louis, Missouri.

To help clean up our waterways, the American Sailing Association announces a new crusade… Operation #ASAPlasticPollutionPurge, visit …

Pollution

Plastic Pollution Purge: CBS 47 with Don Stokes from The Sailboat Club in Jacksonville, Florida

To help clean up our waterways, the American Sailing Association announces a new crusade… Operation #ASAPlasticPollutionPurge, visit …

Plastic Pollution Purge: ABC 8 with Michelle Dawn from Sailing Ventures in Lake Tahoe, California

To help clean up our waterways, the American Sailing Association announces a new crusade… Operation #ASAPlasticPollutionPurge, visit …

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> …

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 …

Pets

Benefits of ASA Membership

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

Sailing

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 …

Sailing

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> …