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ASA members unite for a special week in the BVIsASA members unite for a special week in the BVIs Lots of people sail the British Virgin Islands every year, but not many get to do it in quite the same style as the 2014 ASA Member's Event, which took place March 1-8. For...

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Four Ways to Get Sailing ExperienceFour Ways to Get Sailing Experience “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go! What the wise...

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Getting your Sailing Education is Easier Than Ever!Getting your Sailing Education is Easier Than Ever! A good education combines practical experience with study - and nowhere is that more true than in the world of sailing. As important as it is to understand how a boat works,...

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Take a Coastal Navigation Sailing Course and Build ConfidenceTake a Coastal Navigation Sailing Course and Build... Long gone are the days when a sailor cruising alongside an unfamiliar coast had nothing but their compass and the principles of dead reckoning to go by. The age of GPS and...

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Five Essential Bareboat Charter SkillsFive Essential Bareboat Charter Skills Modernist author and noted sea enthusiast, Ernest Hemingway, once said, "The sea is the same as it has been before men ever went on it in boats." While that may be true, a...

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Your Photo Could Be On the Cover of Our New Book!Your Photo Could Be On the Cover of Our New Book! In 2014, ASA will release Bareboat Cruising Made Easy, the latest in our line of cutting-edge sailing books. But before the book can be published, we need to find the perfect...

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VIDEO: Trailer for Maidentrip, documentary about Laura DekkerVIDEO: Trailer for Maidentrip, documentary about Laura... For years here on the ASA blog we followed Laura Dekker's amazing round-the-world sailing adventures. The Dutch teenager battled the legal system, contended with public opinion,...

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ASA's 30th Anniversary Caribbean Getaway Sweepstakes!ASA's 30th Anniversary Caribbean Getaway Sweepstakes! Join us to help improve the lives of children in the Caribbean, and you could win a 6-night stay at Conde Nast award-winning Rosalie Bay Resort in beautiful Dominica, complete...

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Alternative Energy in the Sailing WorldAlternative Energy in the Sailing World Guest post from Sailors for the Sea. By:Hilary Wiech, Communications Manager and Annie Brett, Program Director Renewable energy is a hot and sometimes controversial topic...

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Upcoming ASA events at the America's CupUpcoming ASA events at the America's Cup The America's Cup, one of the world's greatest sporting spectacles, and the biggest event in competitive sailing, is underway right now in San Francisco! Check the schedule...

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Ahoy Sailors!

Category : American Sailing Association, Social Media

Meghan Cleary here — introducing myself as the ASA’s new Social Media Writer. I’m excited to share current news about ASA and our events, while keeping a pulse on the country’s sailing scene in this new online platform. I hope sailors everywhere — from veteran ASA members to curious novices — discover important information, new sailing opportunities, salty stories, and a jolly community of fellow boaters on this forum.

A bit about me, and then back to sailing: I left my cubicle in Seattle, Washington, to sail the Pacific Coast this fall on my 35′ Young Sun cutter, Velella. My mate and I now live aboard in Marina del Rey, home of the ASA, and we are thoroughly enjoying our first winter without wet decks! I grew up daysailing a Boston Whaler Harpoon on Minnesota lakes and became an ASA member in college, obsessively working my way up through the Advanced Offshore class (which I enjoyed in the beautiful San Juan Islands, Washington). Now a 50-ton USCG captain, my real love is writing about sailing, and I do so for a handful of magazines.

I look forward to dispatching stories from ASA’s awesome flotillas and events and facilitating a dialogue here about all things boating. I want this to be an online happy hour for sailors too, so I encourage you to join in with comments and let me know if you want to see exposure on a particular topic. Check back often for new news and ruminations, and if you really like us, sign up for the RSS feed! Thanks to all the members out there for already supporting the ASA, and I hope many more readers will get to know the world of sailing and the ASA here on our blog.

Join ASA

Category : Members

What are you waiting for? Membership gives you a world of opportunities
and benefits to increase your sailing pleasure and knowledge.

Membership Benefits

Proposed Statewide Coastal Marina Permit

Category : Legislation

The California State Water Resources Control Board [SWRCB] is moving forward with a proposed statewide requirement that marinas and clubs with 10 or more slips and moorings obtain a state permit [termed a Coastal Marina Permit] and comply with many new requirements including extensive testing and reporting at a projected annual cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The use of the word “coastal” in the permit name is a misnomer. The text of the proposal states that it would be required of moorings and marinas located not only along the coast but in bays, estuaries, and certain fresh water mixing zones such as the San-Joaquin Delta. The scope could also be expanded as the proposal moves forward.

RBOC is working on this critical issue in cooperation with allied partners including Bay Planning Coalition, BoatU.S., California Association of Harbor Masters and Port Captains, California Marine Parks and Harbors Association, California Yacht Brokers Association, Marina and Recreation Association, and Western Boaters Safety Group.

The SWRCB plans to conduct stakeholder workshops in March, to receive public comments in April, and to vote upon the permit in November of 2010. The exact dates, times and locations of the stakeholder workshops have not yet been set, but plans are for workshops to be in San Diego, Ventura, and Francisco.

What clubs should do:
• Become Familiar with the Proposal and Its Impact, through the attached call-to-action
and other pertinent documents posted at www.swrcb.ca.gov and www.rboc.org.
• Keep Informed of Developments and Attend Workshops as this information becomes
available, and speak out against this proposal.
• Distribute the Call-to-action and Sample Letter to your Club Members.
• Generate Letters and Emails to the Governor, the SWRCB, and State Legislators, to submit your written opposition to this proposal.

RBOC contacts for clubs desiring more information on
this issue are:


IQC Are You Ready?

Category : Instructors

ASA Sailing Instructor clinics test existing skills and knowledge while teaching a structured curriculum and proven presentation techniques. ASA certified saling instructors have proven they measure up to a national standard which is used by more than 90% of the commercial sailing schools in the country. Take the challenge and attend an ASA Instructor Qualification Clinic (IQC).

Become a Sailing Instructor

BlueStorm X-Treme Sail 33 DX

Category : Equipment, Safety, Store
  • For extreme cruising. This is Bluestorm’s top of the line inflatable PFD, designed for extreme and expedition cruising. Inflation of this model is fully automatic, but can stand a good amount of spray and splash on deck without going off. The back of this model has breathable mesh foam padding for added comfort. For inspection of the inflation system, this model has an inflation inspection window, like Sport Sail 33 DX, for quick, simple, single point inspection.

    • Auto Primary Inflation
    • Inflation inspection window for simple single point visual inspection to confirm that PFD is armed.
    • Deluxe Neoprene Collar, tall and fuzzy when you need warmth, low and out of the way when it’s hot.
    • Exterior zippered pocket has larger, deluxe welded-in, water resistant zipper.
    • Breathable mesh foam padding against wearer.

    BlueStorm X-Treme Sail 33 DX

    ASA Hires Social Media Writer

    Category : Elearn, Social Media

    The American Sailing Association has hired Meghan Cleary as the new Social Media Writer. Meghan will maintain and advance ASA’s social networking platforms. Join Meghan and ASA on the new ASA Blog, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Youtube and ASA’s online member community, BoatDOC, for the latest sailing news and updates. Thank You.

    Bareboat Chartering Standard (ASA 104)

    Category : Charter

    An advanced cruising Standard for individuals with cruising experience. The individual can act as skipper or crew of a 30 – 50 foot boat sailing by day in coastal waters. The Standard includes knowledge of boat systems and maintenance procedures.

    Bareboat Chartering

    American Sailing Week 2010

    Category : American Sailing Association, Flotillas, Members

    Clearwater Beach, Florida. ASA and the Tampa Bay area ASA Affiliates present the 2010 Members Event from September 10th to September 17th. You are invited for a week of fun in the sun, sail on the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico or just enjoy the amazing white sugar sand of Clearwater Beach.

    * EARLY BIRD SPECIAL – Book by June 1st and receive
    a special ASA Event Marriot discount coupon book
    * Accommodations: 7 nights in standard room, double occupancy
    * King or 2 Doubles. All Suite Accommodations: with private balconies and water views of Clearwater Bay.  Suites include a separate living area with a sofa bed, a wet bar, mini-fridge & microwave. Each suite features 2 LCD HDTVs, a 37″ in the bedroom and a 42″ in the living room
    * Maximum 3 people per room – third person an additional $699.00
    * Special ASA Event Goodie Bags
    * Flights and airport transfers not included – Airport Code: TPA
    * $400.00 Single supplement fee.  Roommate matching assistance available
    * All room taxes included
    * Free Wi-Fi access in room and in all common areas
    * Semi inclusive meal plan: All breakfasts and all lunches (while sailing), two group dinner parties
    * Exclusive group use of Local ASA School Charter Yachts
    * Informal Keelboat sailing instruction with ASA Certified Instructors
    * Use of Small boats such as Sunfish and Hobie Wave’s
    * Special land-based educational clinics
    * Special ASA Welcome Party
    * Special Afternoon sail to the island beach party and games
    * Pirate Costume Party and BBQ buffet
    * Farewell prize giving party and banquet

    American Sailing Week 2010

    The New ASA Store

    Category : American Sailing Association, Members, Store

    The New ASA Store  is now open. Drop in and experience great savings on gear, books, clothing and much more. Members also save 20% on all items.

    ASA Store

    Welcome to the new ASA Blog!

    Category : American Sailing Association, Elearn, Flotillas, Instructors, Members, Schools, Social Media, Standards, Store

    Welcome to the new American Sailing Association Blog! This is the central launching area of our website for ASA Social Media.