You’ve heard of the NFL right? How about the NBA? How about MLB? ASL? Regular readers will know that we have always wondered how the Americans can create a sport out of Poker but not sailing. Well apparently they have!
The American Sailing League (ASL) has a logo modelled on the well known blue white and red leagues mentioned above, but from what we can gather only one location and only a handful of teams.
The organisers of the league are ambitious and enthusiastic, looking to the iShares cup as a model to grow an entertainment based product with exciting, fast racing close to shore in the spectacular 18 foot skiff boats.
The press release says:
These 18-foot skiffs are among the fastest and most exciting in the sport today. They can reach more than three times the speed of average sailing yachts. The races combine all of the athletic skill and daredevil stunts of the X-Games with the breakneck speed and spectacular wipeouts of NASCAR.
The league has a way to go before it can attain the popularity of such long-running events, but the more people promoting this kind of sailing with a spectator focus, the better.
The second annual Championship Series at PIER 39 on San Francisco Bay will take place on Saturday, May 30, 2009 and Sunday, May 31, 2009 from noon – 5 p.m.
Jeff Causey is the man who makes the American Sailing League Championship regatta happen on San Francisco Bay. In his second year at the helm, he’s looking at doubling the number of competitors at each of the two regattas to be held at PIER 39 in 2009.
If you want to see just how exciting a full powered up (overpowered) skiff can be – check out this other video: http://www.yachtsponsorship.com/2008/10/sailing-on-tv-thats-how-its-done/
For more information visit www.americansailingleague.com