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Featured Articles on How to Sail
Sailors share their very best sailing secrets and tips.

An essential sailor's weather service with user-selected regional reports on winds, swells, radar, etc.

Navigation Rules of the Road
Exhaustive detail on international and inland navigation rules for powerboats and sailing vessels, courtesy of the United States Coast Guard Navigation Center.

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

Boater's Toolbox
Practice a safe docking in multiple marina layouts, complete a safety study course, then brush up on your VHF radio technique; courtesy of BoatUS Foundation.

BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water
A nonprofit organization "dedicated to promoting safe and environmentally sensitive boating."

The Beaufort Wind Scale
Wind forces as defined by Sir France Beaufort of England in 1805, describing conditions in escalating magnitudes of appearance on sea and land. 

Susan's Guide to Sanibel
The 'ultimate boating safety guide' with valubable links to boating regulations, equipment required on board, licensing requirements by state, storm safety, rescue procedures, life saving maneuvers, and more.

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