American Sailing Association

American Sailing Association Launches "Coastal Cruising Made Easy"

Second Book in New Series to Serve as Official Textbook for ASA’s Basic Coastal Cruising Standard Course (ASA 103)

LOS ANGELES – May 3, 2012 – The American Sailing Association (ASA) has announced the release of Coastal Cruising Made Easy, the official course book for its Basic Coastal Cruising course (ASA 103), which is the second level in ASA ’s keelboat course progression. The new book builds upon the information presented in Sailing Made Easy, the textbook for ASA’s Basic Keelboat Sailing course (ASA 101). The highly visual, easy-to-read teaching tool is also appropriate for anyone with a basic working knowledge of sailing who seeks to day sail a bit farther from familiar waters.

As with Sailing Made Easy, which SAIL magazine called “best in class,” Coastal Cruising Made Easy was written by a team of expert sailing instructors with more than 150 years of combined sailing experience. It was co-edited by Peter Isler, world famous America’s Cup winning navigator and commentator, Jeremy McGeary, a 30-year veteran sailing writer and editor, and Lenny Shabes, ASA’s founder and current chairman of the board. In addition to greatly raising the bar on the quality of illustrations, photos and text, the new manual is organized in a manner that allows students to easily master the concepts. Unlike most sailing books, the material in Coastal Cruising Made Easy is presented in the order in which it is typically taught on the water.

“A good sailor must have an understanding of the water, wind, tides, currents and weather,” said Charlie Nobles, executive director of ASA. “In addition to helping sailors master this broad skill set, Coastal Cruising Made Easy serves as the foundation of knowledge for subsequent ASA courses and their textbooks.” Nobles also pointed out that ASA conducted a top-to-bottom review of its 30-year-old set of standards for teaching sailing and updated them as part of the process used to create its latest textbook.

Coast Cruising Made Easy is the second of two books to replace a single book in use since 1984, which covered instruction for both the ASA 101 and 103 course levels. As a stand-alone book, it offers a more focused text for ASA’s Basic Coastal Cruising course. Updated content reflects the changes in equipment used on today’s teaching boats. For example, more of today’s boats at this instruction level are equipped with inboard engines and roller furling headsails. In the past, the boats used had outboard engines with pull-start motors and hank-on headsails.

Review questions at the end of four of the book’s eight chapters help to reinforce the information provided throughout Coastal Cruising Made Easy and prepare students for the ASA 103 certification test. According to Nobles, those who successfully complete ASA 103 have proven their ability to cruise safely in local and regional waters as both skipper and crew on an auxiliary-powered sailboat of approximately 25 to 35 feet in length, and in moderate winds and sea conditions.

Published in full color and containing world-class sailing photography from destination and adventure photographer Billy Black, Coastal Cruising Made Easy is also an attractive “coffee table” book. Other features include a water-resistant cover, an extensive glossary of sailing terms, and an easy-to-follow layout of two-page “spreads” throughout the book that allows for each topic to be covered in its entirety.

About the American Sailing Association

Driven by a clear need for uniform teaching standards and increased access to sailing activities, the American Sailing Association (ASA) has been the leader in U.S. sailing education for nearly three decades. The association has grown to include an international network of more than 300 professionally accredited sailing schools. More than 400,000 students have learned to sail through ASA schools and clubs since 1983. The ASA has strategic partnerships with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and was instrumental in establishing national education standards through its work on the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators’ Education Committee. The ASA has also consulted with the Department of Transportation and the National Parks Service.

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