The American Sailing Association, based in Los Angeles, announced the release of its latest book, "Sailing Made Easy," described as a teaching tool for would-be sailors with little or no prior exposure to the sport.
"Sailing Made Easy" will serve as the new official textbook for ASA 101, the ASA's basic keelboat sailing standard course.
The book 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, famous America's Cup-winning navigator and commentator, and Jeremy McGreary, a 30-year veteran sailing writer and editor.
The text closely mirrors the customary sequence in which beginning students are introduced to the theory of sailing, the boat in which they will learn and the skills they will acquire.
Published in full color and containing world-class sailing photography from photojournalist Bob Grieser, "Sailing Made Easy" also provides Web references to address key sailing issues such as federal and state boating regulations as well as sources of weather information.
The ASA has been the leader in U.S. sailing education for three decades and more than 293,000 students have learned to sail through its educational programs.