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ASA St. Martin flotilla will deliver books to Anguilla elementary school

Category : Flotillas

hands across the sea classIn about three weeks, a group of over 30 sailors will depart for ASA’s sailing flotilla at the Caribbean island of St. Martin. It will be a week of fun and adventure, but it will also be more than that. (You can read about the details of the flotilla itself right here.) The exciting news is that we’re partnering with Hands Across the Sea, a US based charity, to donate and deliver a huge quantity of books to an elementary school on the island of Anguilla.

Midway through the flotilla, we’ll be anchoring at Road Bay on Anguilla. Up the hill from there lies Adrian T. Hazell Primary School. They are short on books for their upper grade students, so ASA’s book delivery will be specifically for grades 3-6. Your ASA Social Media Coordinator (and blog writer) will be part of the flotilla, and helping deliver the books, so I’ll have lots of great pictures to share and stories to tell afterwards!

It was an ASA member on the flotilla who discovered the charity and proposed our involvement, and many of the crew have voluntarily pitched in, demonstrating the generosity and spirit of the ASA community. We’re thrilled to be able to do some good for the communities we’re visiting, and to show a token of appreciation for the hospitality that the Caribbean so famously extends to sailors.

If you’re interested in doing something like this on your next Caribbean vacation or charter, check out Hands Across the Sea. Meanwhile, stay tuned to ASA Social Media for exclusive video, photos, and stories from the St. Martin trip!
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All photos courtesy of Hands Across the Sea.

A Look Back at ASA’s Free Sailing Lessons at Strictly Sail Miami 2012!

Category : At the Shows

on the water sailing lesson

Photo by b. cohen

At this year’s Strictly Sail Miami boat show, ASA partnered with Discover Sailing to offer free on-the-water sailing lessons. Taught by our world-class ASA instructors, these clinics on scenic Biscayne Bay introduced new sailors to the basics of seamanship. For those with more experience, we had a taste of ASA’s broad curriculum, with Advanced Cruising Seminars and Catamaran Cruising Seminars.

The weather was great, and we capped it off with a lifeboat demonstration by Switlik and a VIP Member Party on the docks. This was one boat show we won’t soon forget! To see more pictures from the show, visit us on Flickr.

Here’s what one of our instructors had to say afterward:

I think the program is great, introducing prospective new sailors to an on-water experience, as well as giving more seasoned sailors the opportunity to sharpen their skills while attending their local boat show. All of the captains were total pros, delivering top notch training while making sure everyone had FUN. As my teaching schedule allowed me time to also help out at the Discover Sailing Booth, I had the opportunity to ‘interview’ many of the returning guests, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

sailing biscayne bay

Photo by b. cohen

If you missed out on the Miami show, don’t worry, there will be more opportunities. We’ll be doing a similar program at Strictly Sail Pacific in Oakland, CA this April! Stay tuned to ASA Social Media for details!

Here’s a video of two of our boats leaving for a free lesson in Miami. You can even hear our instructors doing a bit of teaching…