The year 2018 was a very active one for ANSA. We continued offering American Sailing Association (ASA) sailing certificates as well as our USNSA qualifications. We grew our training program to offering ten ASA classes to over 30 students, as well as offering club sails on the Chesapeake Bay to help our students practice and gain skills.
We gained access to a 1965 Columbia 40, S/V Nepenthe, through the ANSA Foundation and are working on improvements so that she will be ready for our 2019 sailing season. We supported our sailing this year with a combination of members boats and charter boats. 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. ANSA members can help donate money to the Foundation by specifying the Foundation on the Amazon SMILE! popup. When you order from Amazon, and the Amazon SMILE popup appears, specify the Annapolis Naval Sailing Association Foundation, and the money will go to the Foundation and support ANSA as well as the other organizations the Foundation supports.
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 2019 and I hope to see you on the Bay!!