Docking Made Easy Video - Returning Under Power

ASA “Wraps” Docking Made Easy Free Educational Video Series

By: Press Release

ASA “Wraps” Docking Made Easy Free Educational Video Series
Fourth and Final Offering Teaches Sailors About “Returning to the Dock Under Power”

LOS ANGELES – January 4, 2017 – The American Sailing Association (ASA), America’s sail education authority, announced today that it has published the fourth and final video in its educational series, Docking Made Easy. As the title suggests, “Returning to the Dock Under Power” addresses all of the necessary and important factors to consider when returning a sailboat back to the dock under power.

Presented by Cruising World in association with Beneteau America, and available exclusively on, the complimentary video series features sailing legend Peter Isler using animation, illustrations and live action footage to explain the principles of docking a sailing boat under sail or under power in a variety of scenarios. All four Docking Made Easy videos, each approximately five minutes or less in duration, are based on copyright learning material contained in ASA textbooks “Sailing Made Easy” and “Basic Cruising Made Easy”.

With our Docking Made Easy videos, sailors can greatly improve at docking a sailboat, which can be one of the more challenging aspects of sailing and highly stressful for a skipper, especially if sailing with an inexperienced crew,” said Lenny Shabes, ASA’s Chairman of the Board. “Now that the series is finished, sailors of all abilities have a complete resource for safe and easy docking so that returning to the dock doesn’t detract from an enjoyable day on the water.

Each Docking Made Easy video builds upon the fundamental docking skills learned in previous videos. Before viewing “Returning to the Dock Under Power”, ASA encourages sailors to watch, in sequential order, the first three videos, which are:

  • Ideal Approach Under Sail” – looks at how to prepare a crew for docking; how to safely control speed upon approach to the dock; how to safely step off the boat onto the dock; and, finally how to secure the boat once it has been docked.
  • Docking Drills Under Power” – examines docking a larger sailboat under power and features great open water drills to reveal characteristics of a boat that will help a sailor learn to maneuver in tight quarters with control and confidence, as well as stopping the boat safely without relying on the crew and docklines.
  • Departing a Slip Under Power” – focuses on applying the drills in “Docking Drills Under Power” to help sailors exit a slip safely, as well as configure docklines, make a game plan, and use the boat’s engine in the correct way for a safe and controlled departure.

All four Docking Made Easy videos can be viewed on the ASA’s website…
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About the American Sailing Association
Driven by a clear need for uniform teaching standards and increased access to sailing activities, the American Sailing Association (ASA) has been the leader in U.S. sail education for more than three decades. The association has grown to include an international network of approximately 300 professionally accredited sailing schools. Nearly one million certifications have been awarded to almost half a million people who have been introduced to sailing through ASA schools and clubs since 1983. The ASA has strategic partnerships with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and was instrumental in establishing national education standards through its work on the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators’ Education Committee. The ASA has also consulted with the Department of Transportation and the National Parks Service. For more information, visit

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