Re: US Sailing vs. ASA courses, vs. just get out there
I think it depends more on the individual instructor than on which outfit it is. In general, USSA is a bit more racing-oriented and less cruising-oriented than ASA. But again, instructor skill/effectiveness is more important. Whether you take paid lessons or not is up to you. maybe the club course will suffice. But classes, paid or unpaid, can help prevent you teaching yourself any bad habits that are harder to unlearn than if you hadn't learned them in the first place.
And you're right about the local crew and especially race-crew rides afterwards. Racing's a concentrated course in everything you learned in 'school'.
(full disclosure--I'm a part time ASA Basic instructor but it won't hurt my feelings either way)
Last edited by nolatom; 02-27-2013 at 03:42 PM.