ASA’s Veterans Sailing Education Program

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We are proud to join The American Sailing Association’s initiative exclusively for active and retired military to thank them for their sacrifices.

We believe that sailing places people in the ‘here and now’ like few other activities can,” said Lenny Shabes, ASA’s Chairman of the Board. “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.

Great Lakes Sailing Co. is offering $50 off our ASA 101 class to qualifying veterans.

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 will receive their ASA 101 certification from the ASA and can safely continue to enjoy the sailing lifestyle with family and friends.

To sign up:

  1. Visit
  2. Fill out the form located on that page and ASA will send you a coupon
  3. Contact us at 231.941.0535 and use your coupon to sign up for an ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course!

Click here to learn more about our ASA course offering.

Additional Gift on Veterans Day 2018 Only

Coinciding with the launch of the program, the ASA is offering all veterans and active military a free download of its best-selling sailing app, SAILING CHALLENGE, on November 11, 2018 only. This nationally acclaimed app teaches sailing skills in a 3D virtual world. Both entertaining and educational, users can practice their sailing skills and compete with friends on time and precision.

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