Competitive sailing and community engagement

Published on July 9th, 2023

Sailing has long been regarded as a sport that combines athleticism, strategy, and a deep connection with the natural elements. In Newport, Rhode Island, a vibrant community of sailing enthusiasts has come together to form the Narragansett Adult Athletic Sailing Association (NAASA).

With a commitment to promoting and supporting adult athletic, competitive sailing, NAASA has emerged as a dynamic league that not only fosters a spirit of healthy competition in Formula 18 racing catamarans but also provides opportunities for learning and camaraderie.

NAASA recognizes the importance of nurturing a new generation of sailors and welcoming newcomers to the sport. In pursuit of this objective, the league organizes free clinics every Friday, aimed at introducing individuals who are interested in F18 sailing to the boats.

These clinics serve as an excellent stepping stone for people who want to get into high performance sailing, providing them with fundamental skills and knowledge necessary to navigate fast boats.

At the heart of NAASA’s activities are the competitive regattas held throughout the summer season which offer an opportunity for skilled sailors to showcase their expertise and passion for the sport. But while competitiveness drives NAASA’s sailors, they also foster a spirit of collaboration and mentorship within the league.

Members actively support and encourage younger sailors, offering advice and sharing their knowledge on boat settings, techniques, and strategies. This culture of camaraderie and mentorship not only enhances the overall experience of sailing but also ensures that the league thrives as a community of passionate sailors.

The NAASA league dedicated to fostering athletic excellence, camaraderie, and community engagement with a goal of leaving an indelible mark on the sailing community, both in Narragansett and beyond.


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