North U sold to ASA

Published on February 10th, 2023

American Sailing (ASA), a sailing education organization with more than 400 locations worldwide, has acquired North U, a performance sail racing education company that teaches sailors sail trim, tactics, and strategy to win races.

“We are excited to add North U courses to the American Sailing curriculum,” says Jonathan Payne, Executive Director of ASA. “North U has a long history of excellence and teaching high-performance sailing to those that want to win regattas and races.

“We have tested the waters for the last 24 months by holding online North U classes for ASA students and members and have had a great turnout. We have seen sailing get younger recently and are eager to provide exciting courses for those sailors that are looking for a bit more of an adrenaline rush.”

The acquisition brings along Bill Gladstone, Director of North U, to join the team at American Sailing. Gladstone, who has been sailing for over 40 years and raced collegiately for Yale, will continue to develop certifications, textbooks, and curriculum for racing students at ASA schools.

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