Year-long program to introduce U.S. Military to sailing

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The American Sailing Association, in partnership with its national network of affiliate sailing schools, announced a special initiative for active and retired military to thank them for their sacrifices.

Beginning on Veterans Day 2018, ASA will offer its basic sailing course at a special rate.

“We believe that sailing places people in the ‘here and now’ like few other activities can,” said ASA board chairman Lenny Shabes in a statement. “Immersed in beautiful, natural scenery, sailing offers a healthy and peaceful environment in which to recharge and reduce stress — something we can all use, especially our military who have given so much while defending our daily freedom.”

The official kick-off date is Nov. 11, 2018, with a soft launch scheduled for today.

Participating ASA schools will offer a minimum of $50, or 10 percent off, of their regular “Basic Keelboat Sailing” (ASA 101) tuition to U.S. veterans and active duty military through Nov. 11, 2019.

Many schools will be offering a greater savings and several have sailboats to accommodate disabled students who need a more stable or custom platform.

School-specific program details can be found here.

“This exclusive offer for U.S. military personnel is a token of our appreciation for the contributions they make on our behalf every single day,” Shabes added. “We hope that it will serve as an invitation to explore the fun and exciting world of sailing with family and friends.”

During ASA’s “Basic Keelboat Sailing” course, students begin their sailing journeys by learning the essential skills to take the helm or crew a sailboat. Taught by ASA-certified instructors, the multi-day class covers basic sailing terminology, sailboat parts and functions, basic sail trim, points of sail, seamanship, basic navigation rules and more. Upon completion of the course, students receive their ASA 101.

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