American Sailing Association

American Sailing Association Announces Sweepstakes to Win Weeklong Sunsail Charter in the Caribbean and Raise Awareness of Hands Across the Sea

Sailing, Travel and Water Sports Enthusiasts Can Enter October 1 – 31, 2012

LOS ANGELES – September 28, 2012 – Sunsail, in cooperation with the American Sailing Association (ASA), has agreed to give away a free, weeklong charter cruise for four people in the Caribbean. The purpose of the giveaway, which is valued at $5,200, is to support the mission of Hands Across the Sea, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising literacy levels of children in the Caribbean. Those interested in winning the private charter, which will cruise the British Virgin Islands (BVI), can enter the free sweepstakes any day in October 2012 by watching a one-minute video about Hands Across the Sea at on the ASA’s Web site. Entrants will also be asked to make a tax-deductible charitable donation.

“Despite the West Indies being home to many exotic tourist destinations, local economies typically lack the resources to adequately support education,” said Charlie Nobles, executive director of the ASA. “The Caribbean is a gift to sailors and the sailing industry, so we are proud to partner with Sunsail to support Hands Across the Sea’s goal of improving literacy levels in the Caribbean, where economic conditions make children’s books virtually unaffordable for both families and schools.”

Hands Across the Sea, which celebrates its five-year anniversary on September 29, 2012, works directly with school principals, teachers, learning-support advisors, community leaders, local NGOs, and U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers to deliver new, well-written and beautifully-illustrated books to Caribbean schools. It purchases books from education publishers Marshall Cavendish, Scholastic and Dorling Kindersley and Caribbean imprints such as Macmillan Caribbean and Editorial Campana Books.

“We are extremely appreciative of our new partnerships with the American Sailing Association and Sunsail, both of which are helping us to increase the visibility of our mission,” said Harriet and Tom (“T.L.”) Linskey, co-founders of Hands Across the Sea. “We’re also grateful for the opportunity to raise significant funds that will have a lasting and positive impact on the economic futures of Caribbean children.”

The winner of the Sunsail charter will be drawn in November 2012.

About Hands Across the Sea

Hands Across the Sea raises literacy levels of Caribbean children through targeted assistance to schools, libraries, reading programs and youth centers. It is the largest and most effective public charity dedicated to improving child literacy levels in the Eastern Caribbean. Since its formation in 2007, the organization’s Caribbean Literacy and School Support (CLASS) program has shipped over 141,000 books and 220 boxes of teaching resources to over 55,000 children at 291 schools, libraries, community reading programs and youth centers in six English-speaking Eastern Caribbean countries. Hands Across the Sea was founded by Harriet and Tom Linksey who developed the idea for Hands Across the Sea while cruising the South Pacific, Asia and the Caribbean.

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About Sunsail

Headquartered in Clearwater, FL and founded in 1974, Sunsail is the largest sailing and water sports vacation company, delivering great value sailing vacations with a cutting edge fleet, in the world’s best cruising grounds. The company offers a wide choice of water-based vacations with over 800 yachts in 30 locations throughout the Caribbean, Mediterranean, South Pacific, Indian Ocean and Europe. It is a division of TUI Marine, part of TUI Travel PLC, one of the world’s largest leisure travel companies.

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About the American Sailing Association

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. Over 400,000 students have learned to sail through ASA schools and clubs since 1983.

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