The year 2019 was a very active one for ANSA. We continued offering American Sailing Association (ASA) sailing certificates as well as USNSA qualifications. We grew our training program and provided 70 ASA certifications for on-the-water classes and navigation, as well as offering club sails on the Chesapeake Bay to help our students practice and gain skills. Our goal is providing affordable sailing on the Bay to our members.
We received a donation of a 1986 Hunter 31 which has proven to be a fun, reliable sailor. We were able to teach ASA 101 and 103 on Bay Flyer as well as take her out for club sails. We also supported our sailing this year with a combination of members boats and charter boats for ASA 104 and 114. We are very grateful to our members who have allowed us to use their boats for our activities.
The growth of our training program would not have been possible without the financial assistance of the ANSA Foundation. They are a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations made are tax deductible. They support other organizations as well such as STEM sails for high school students, environmental organizations focused on the Bay such as the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, as well as museums such as the US Navy Museum.
We encourage members to participate in our maintenance days. It is important to not only learn how to sail but to also learn about the different systems and how to maintain them as well as handle emergencies. By helping to maintain our fleet, it reduces our costs and increases understanding of boat systems. For members who are hoping to one day own their own boat, the knowledge gained can be worthwhile.
Here’s to a busy and exciting 2020 and I hope to see you on the Bay!!