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American Sailing Association
The ASA is "the leading authority on sailing instruction and sailing schools in the United States," providing certification in basic keel boat sailing (ASA 101 and 103) typically required to charter a sailboat. 

US Sailing 
The "National Governing Body for the sport of sailing, US SAILING's mission is to provide leadership for the sport of sailing in the United States ... through a wide range of programs and events."

United States Power Squadron
Don't let the name fool you -- the USPS has lots of courses and resources for sailors, too.

United States Coast Guard National Maritime Center
Information and resources on providing USCG credentials to mariners.

International Sailing Federation
The ISAF has developed a system of rules and measurement that are used world-wide in all sailing events.

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
Supports a mission of recreational boating safety with training, safe boating classes, vessel safety checks, and useful publications.

California International Sailing Association
The CISA supports amateur sailors by providing travel grants for regional, national and international competition and funds local sailing programs and racing clinics.

Marine Mammal Sightings Database
Maintained by the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, you can record your sighting in the database, and search what others have spotted in specific latitudes and longitudes.
Naked Whale Research
Non-profit organization on behalf of marine mammal protection, encouraging sailors to post whale sightings -- particularly orcas -- noting date, time, GPS coordinates, direction of travel, etc.
Whale Watching Schedule
More than 30 different types of whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, and porpoise inhabit the Santa Barbara Channel at various times throughout the year. Here's a schedule of best times of the year to catch certain marine mammals, courtesy of Condor Express in Santa Barbara.

"Boat Owners Association of The United States has worked to provide savings, service and representation to the boating community since 1966," affiliated with the Boat US Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water.

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