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Find My Charter NewsFind My Charter News Don’t miss out on the best charters in the US and abroad in 2015! Captained, crewed, and bareboat charters are available, but the best boats and deals are going fast! Find...

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Flotilla in the BVIsFlotilla in the BVIs Join us for the adventure of a lifetime in the British Virgin Islands from December 4th to 14th, 2014! The BVIs are a sailor’s paradise, and there’s no better way to explore...

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Great Recipes for Cool Days By Carolyn Shearlock, co-author of The Boat Galley Cookbook and TheBoatGalley.com On cool days, hot foods serve double duty – they warm the boat as they cook or bake,...

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Hands Across the SeaHands Across the Sea Thank you to all the ASA members who donated to Hands Across the Sea and participated in the ASA/Hands Caribbean Getaway Sweepstakes. Hands Across the Sea was able to raise...

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Great Recipes for Cool DaysGreat Recipes for Cool Days By Carolyn Shearlock, co-author of The Boat Galley Cookbook and TheBoatGalley.com On cool days, hot foods serve double duty – they warm the boat as they cook or bake,...

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ASA’s First Regional Meeting Held in Shenzhen, ChinaASA’s First Regional Meeting Held in Shenzhen, China Last week ASA held its first ever regional Asian Affiliate & Instructors meeting in Shenzhen, China.  Over two dozen ASA Instructors and Affiliate representatives...

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Hands Across the Sea Caribbean Getaway SweepstakesHands Across the Sea Caribbean Getaway Sweepstakes Win a caribbean bareboat charter or tropical vacation... and help improve the lives of children in the Caribbean! Join the ASA/Hands Across the Sea Caribbean Getaway...

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ASA Unveils Innovative TextbookASA Unveils Innovative Textbook ASA's brand new textbook, Bareboat Cruising Made Easy, has just been released to national acclaim. The updated manual of ASA’s bareboat cruising standard is designed to...

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Sailing Fun for KidsSailing Fun for Kids Sailing is more fun with family and friends, so why not get your kids on the water on your next Caribbean vacation? The American Sailing Association is excited to debut the...

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What you can do with your ASA sailing credentialsWhat you can do with your ASA sailing credentials Many prospective students ask us why getting certified is so important. Couldn't they pick up the same valuable sailing skills without passing a course and receiving a certificate?...

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Find My Charter News

Category : American Sailing Association

Don’t miss out on the best charters in the US and abroad in 2015! Captained, crewed, and bareboat charters are available, but the best boats and deals are going fast! Find My Charter makes it so easy for ASA members to take the next step and explore new waters, especially with all the new boats and bases we’ve added this year. Whether you’re looking to charter in the Caribbean for the first time or the Mediterranean for the hundredth, Find My Charter is your charter concierge, working around the clock to assure that everything going smoothly. Chartering is effortless! ASA Members receive $100 ASA store credit when they book with Find My Charter.

IMGP2272It just got easier to bareboat in the Sea of Cortez with the opening of Dream Yacht Charter base in La Paz, Mexico! They are off to a great start as of October 2014 and have filled the void that the Moorings left when they pulled out over a year ago. Horizon Yacht Charters added another base to their Caribbean locations by opening their doors in St. Vincent – a much needed compliment to their Grenada base – making one way trips in the Windwards more accessible. There is more to look forward to in 2015 as Dream opens their base in Angra Dos Reis, Brazil – just south of Rio de Janeiro. SailCaribe has expanded their base in Puerto Rico – they have doubled their fleet and offer new Jeanneau’s and Lagoon’s, meeting a great demand for bareboats in the Spanish Virgins. We are now offering bareboats in Malta and the Azores – adding some spice to the list of destinations that can be booked!

Explore destinations, find boats, and book your next charter at www.findmycharter.com.

ASA First 22

Category : American Sailing Association

ASA members can now purchase ASA’s brand new boat, the ASA First 22. It was modeled after the successful First 20 and designed in collaboration with Beneteau especially for ASA members and schools! The ASA First 22 is recognized for its safety features, stability, comfort, and sleek design. The roomy cockpit fits five adults comfortably making it perfect for family sails and helping friends and children learn the ropes. The retail price is $29,900, but there is a special limited time price for ASA members! Contact Chris Doscher, the Beneteau America Sailboat Sales Manager, at 843.810.2020 or by email at c.doscher@beneteau.com to learn more about this deal.

The holidays are just around the corner!

Category : American Sailing Association

ASA’s new bareboat cruising book is the perfect addition to any cruising sailor’s collection. Whether they’re going on their very first bareboat cruise at home or chartering abroad for the tenth time, Bareboat Cruising Made Easy is a fantastic holiday gift. The all-inclusive text features everything from packing guidelines to sailing tips, and the gorgeous design, diagrams, and photographs make it a treat to flip through. Find Bareboat Cruising Made Easy online at www.asastore.org!ASA-BCME-holiday-cover-2

 

Flotilla in the BVIs

Category : Flotillas

Join us for the adventure of a lifetime in the British Virgin Islands from December 4th to 14th, 2014! The BVIs are a sailor’s paradise, and there’s no better way to explore them than with ASA. Protected anchorages, perfect dive spots, and pristine beaches are just a few of the places you’ll visit on your island-hopping journey. We have six boats, and there are a couple open cabins still available on either a cruising catamaran or a keelboat! It’s not too late for the perfect holiday getaway! Learn more at http://asa.com/pdf/2014-BVI-Flotilla-ASA.pdf

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Last Chance: ASA Member Cruise on Arabella

Category : Members

There are still a few cabins available from January 18th to 24th, 2015 aboard the luxurious megayacht Arabella! Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the British Virgin Islands, the best cruising grounds in the world. Arabella is a 157-foot yacht with top-notch features such as teak decks, a jacuzzi, a cushioned sun deck, and a covered aft veranda. There’s no better way to navigate the turquoise seas and consistent winds of the Caribbean. See you there!ASA Member Cruise on Arabella

Learn more: www.arabellavacations.com/asa/

Booking and information: kc@asa.com or 310/822-7171 Ext. 30

Hands Across the Sea

Category : Sweepstakes

Thank you to all the ASA members who donated to Hands Across the Sea and participated in the ASA/Hands Caribbean Getaway Sweepstakes. Hands Across the Sea was able to raise over $23,000, and the shipment of 30,000 brand new books is already on its way to the Caribbean! The winners of the Sweepstakes are Andrew Brown from Greenville, SC and Randall Williams from Phoenix, OR. Andrew Brown won a weeklong bareboat yacht charter courtesy of Barefoot Yacht Charters, and Randall Williams won a weeklong vacation stay courtesy of Palm Island Resort & Spa. Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to everyone who participated in the Sweepstakes!

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Great Recipes for Cool Days

Category : Cruising Tips

By Carolyn Shearlock, co-author of The Boat Galley Cookbook and TheBoatGalley.com

On cool days, hot foods serve double duty – they warm the boat as they cook or bake, and warm the crew at meal time. All those dishes that just seemed too hot in the middle of summer are now perfect! While soups and stews are the obvious choice, hot appetizers and drinks are appealing, too. And baking cookies can put a surprising bit of warmth into the boat. While I’ve included three of our favorite cool-weather recipes below, there are lots of other good choices such as homemade spaghetti sauce that cooks for a couple of hours on the stove, beef stew, casseroles, hot chocolate, and any coffee-based drink such as coffee with Amaretto.

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Tuxedo Soup
Named for its use of black and white beans, Tuxedo Soup is delicious yet simple to make, particularly if you’ve had chicken a few days before and cooked an extra piece or two.
Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Serves: 4
Ingredients:
1 can (16 ounces) white beans, such as Navy or Great Northern beans, not drained
1 can (16 ounces) black beans, not drained
1 bell pepper (any color), diced
1 onion, diced
1 tablespoon hot sauce, or to taste*
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon powder OR ¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons minced garlic OR 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 diced cooked chicken breast OR 1 can (6 ounces) chunk chicken or turkey, drained
*If you don’t like food that’s too spicy, try Pickapeppa sauce – it’s flavorful without being hot.
Mix all the ingredients except the chicken in a saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat, then turn the heat down and simmer for 45 minutes. Add the chicken, stirring gently so as not to break it up. Simmer for another 10 minutes, then serve.
Variation: Instead of chicken, use 6 ounces of smoked sausage, cut in ¼” slices, and add it at the beginning of the cooking.
Vegetarian/vegan option: Omit the chicken and use salt instead of bouillon powder. If desired, add 1/2 cup of sliced carrots or parsnips.

2Reuben Dip
A great hot dip that’s always well-received on a cold day!
Total Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 6 to 8
1 (12-ounce) can corned beef
3/4 cup sauerkraut, well drained
3/4 cup mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
2/3 cup shredded or chopped Swiss cheese, divided OR other meltable cheese
1/3 cup Thousand Island dressing
2 tablespoons horseradish, to taste OR prepared wasabi, to taste
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Preheat oven to 400º F.
Reserve a little of the cheese for topping. Mash up the corned beef in a bowl, then add all the other ingredients and mix. Spread in a pie pan or similar-sized baking dish. Top with reserved cheese.
Bake at 400° F. for 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and mixture is bubbly.
Serve:
* As a dip with crackers, tortilla chips or pita bits
* Or spread on bread or toast slices cut into bite-sized bits
* Or hollow out a round loaf of rye bread and serve it in the center with chunks of bread for dippers
Variation: If you’ve got someone who is allergic to milk products, make a portion for them without the cheese. It still tastes great!

3Ginger Snaps
Easy and sure to please – the crew will be lined up as they’re coming out of the oven!
Total Time: 1 hour
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 10 minutes each batch, plus time to cool the cookie sheet
Makes 3 to 4 dozen cookies
Ingredients:
2/3 cup canola oil or vegetable oil
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar or additional white sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
1 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups flour—can use up to half whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
Extra sugar to sprinkle over top
Preheat oven to 375° F.
Mix oil, sugars, molasses, egg and vanilla.
Mix dry ingredients separately in small bowl so that soda and spices are evenly distributed, then mix dry ingredients into sugar mix.
Make into 1” balls (mixture will be soft) and place 3” apart on greased cookie sheet (as they bake, cookies will become 3” flat circles). Sprinkle sugar over each cookie.
Bake 9 minutes at 375° F. Cool on the cookie sheet for a minute or two before moving to a wire rack or plate.

4Find over 800 boat-friendly recipes in Carolyn’s book (with Jan Irons), The Boat Galley Cookbook, available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and many other retailers. You can get a free PDF sampler of it, with 33 recipes, by clicking here. Carolyn’s web site with hundreds of galley and cruising tips is TheBoatGalley.com.

ASA’s First Regional Meeting Held in Shenzhen, China

Category : American Sailing Association

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Last week ASA held its first ever regional Asian Affiliate & Instructors meeting in Shenzhen, China.  Over two dozen ASA Instructors and Affiliate representatives attended representing ASA sailing schools across mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

A representative from each school made a brief presentation about its program and facilities then discussed how to handle the challenges specific to the China market.  Some of these include how to obtain special permits in order to sail at night for a bareboat chartering course, how to take payments from customers who lack Western credit cards and what ASA materials require translation into Mandarin immediately to assure success in the rapidly developing China sailing marketplace.

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Hands Across the Sea Caribbean Getaway Sweepstakes

Category : American Sailing Association
Win a caribbean bareboat charter or tropical vacation… and help improve the lives of children in the Caribbean!
ASA_WebPage_2014SweepstakesJoin the ASA/Hands Across the Sea Caribbean Getaway Sweepstakes to win a one-week bareboat sailboat charter for four people in the beautiful St. Vincent and the Grenadines island archipelago, courtesy of Barefoot Yacht Charters. The second prize is also spectacular: seven nights at Palm Island Resort & Spa, a luxury private island retreat in the Grenadines, courtesy of Elite Island Resorts.
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All you have to do is make a donation of any amount to Hands Across the Sea to support literacy in the Caribbean! You’ll be helping Hands Across the Sea put great new books into the hands of Caribbean children. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to help others and vacation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines! Entries close on October 1, 2014.
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More about Hands Across the Sea: ASA is partnering with Hands Across the Sea once again to improve youth literacy in the top sailing destination in the world. Hands Across the Sea is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising child literacy levels in the Eastern Caribbean by creating libraries full of brand new books chosen especially for the children they serve. Hands Across the Sea provides much-needed books and literacy resources to children from pre-school to high school in the Eastern Caribbean, and you can help them reach their goals by participating in the Sweepstakes!
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More about Barefoot Yacht Charters: Barefoot Yacht Charters is the longest-established yacht charter company in St Vincent and the Grenadines. They offer a fleet of bareboat yachts and luxury crewed yachts, and they are the largest American Sailing Association sailing school in the Southern Caribbean. Barefoot Yacht Charters is locally owned, and they pass on all their local knowledge to sailors!
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More about Palm Island Resort & Spa: The resort is a private island resort in the Grenadines famed for its fine dining and gorgeous white-sand beaches. Elite Island Resorts offers world-class vacations in Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, the Grenadines, and Panama as well.
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Learn more about the sweepstakes and how you can contribute to this fantastic cause by watching this video.

ASA Unveils Innovative Textbook

Category : American Sailing Association

ASA’s brand new textbook, Bareboat Cruising Made Easy, has just been released to national acclaim. The updated manual of ASA’s bareboat cruising standard is designed to help sailors prepare for a bareboat charter or extended cruise. The book is much more than just a textbook for ASA 104 students, however. Bareboat Cruising Made Easy is a one-stop cruising reference for all sailors, whether they have a few months or a few decades of sailing experience. It covers everything a sailor needs to know about skippering a boat in new waters, from what to wear to how to troubleshoot the bilge pump.

bareboat-cruising-3.gifBareboat Cruising Made Easy completes the reinvented core ASA curriculum, including the award-winning Sailing Made Easy and Coastal Cruising Made Easy. The all-in-one reference book includes general planning tips, technical guidance, and sailing advice. The new text is a huge improvement from its predecessor, Cruising Fundamentals. From its 4 color, high-end illustrations and photographs to its modern, easy-to-read design, Bareboat Cruising Made Easy is a beauty. More importantly, it reflects the fact that ASA is an association of sailors, members, and instructors. Rather than representing one excellent sailor’s take on cruising, the 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 bareboat cruising manual available!