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National Learn to Sail Month. It's Never Too Late to Start Sailing!

For 40 years, the American Sailing Association has been achieving its mission to teach people to sail safely and confidently. They have established worldwide standards for sailing education and continue to work tirelessly to expand educational resources for both novice and expert sailors alike—all while working to protect the oceans we sail on! This month, July, ASA is celebrating National Learn to Sail Month for its fourth year and encouraging everyone to get on the water!

We at Sømand believe sailing is an incredible sport and a special way of life that is meant for everyone to enjoy. Sailing offers endless learning, self-exploration, an escape into the wonders of nature, and an indescribable sense of freedom. There is never a wrong time to start sailing and you are never too late to start learning!

Record-Breaking Women Who Started Sailing Later in Life:

  • Lisa Blair started sailing when she was 25 years old and now holds the record as the fastest person and the first woman to sail around Australia and Antarctica solo, non-stop, and unassisted.
  • Jeanne Socrates started sailing at the age of 48 and at age 77, became the oldest person to sail around the world solo, non-stop, and unassisted.
  • Dee Caffari always dreamed of the sea, but it wasn't until she was 27 that she started and among her many feats she holds the record as the first woman to sail the world in both directions.

Ready to get started sailing or level up on the skills you already have?!

The American Sailing Association has many helpful online resources as well as 400+ afflicted sailing schools located in the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, Central America, and Asia. They offer varying levels from beginner to advanced courses.

Visit the American Sailing Association website where you can:

Now what else are you waiting for? Go get out on the water! :)