American Sailing Initiatives

It is not enough to just enjoy the water. It is inherent in every one of us, as sailors, to work to improve the sailing community. ASA is a collection of diverse individuals around the world collectively enjoying the sailing lifestyle. ASA campaigns focus on being stewards for the environment, expanding sailing into underrepresented communities and educating as many people from as many different backgrounds as possible. Sailing is for everyone.

Women on the Water

While U.S. businesses, politics and the entertainment industry revolutionize to include more women, the sailing industry now wants to ride the wave of equality as well. Just in time for International Women’s Day (March 8), The American Sailing Association, the world’s largest sailing organization, and America’s sail education authority, is energizing women to set sail with the announcement of its new crusade and education campaign called “Women Wake Up Zone.”

Veteran's Program

At ASA we recognize the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served or are serving in our country’s armed forces. As a token of our appreciation, and our way of saying thank you, we are inviting veterans, active military personnel, and reservists to share our passion for sailing by offering a discount on our ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing Course at participating ASA affiliated sailing schools. ASA’s nationwide network of affiliated schools allows us to offer this program across the nation to say thank you for your service and show our appreciation to veterans, active military personnel and reservists.

Plastic Pollution Purge

Plastic pollution is choking our oceans, trickling into our local rivers, lakes and streams, poisoning wildlife — and all of us. The United Nations estimates that by the year 2050, we will have more plastic debris in our oceans than fish. The restaurant industry and the European Union is fighting back by starting to ban plastic straws. And now the sailing industry is joining in the fight.

Hands Across the Sea

Hands Across the Sea, the largest and most effective literacy assistance organization serving the Eastern Caribbean, is changing the landscape of child literacy. Through our CLASS (Caribbean Literacy and School Support) Program, we are raising the literacy levels of Caribbean children through a three-step process: send great new books; create or rejuvenate lending libraries; and sustain the literacy gains