* Added the option to sail around the courses on a cruising monohull or a beach catamaran!
* Dolphins! It wouldn't be sailing without these magical creatures keeping you company on your adventures!
* New awards section that will challenge you to learn more and sail faster!
* New fly-by at beginning of sailing courses to give you an overview of the location!
* New navigation arrows to help you find the way to the next mark on a sailing course!
* Totally redesigned menu system making it quicker and easier to learn or go sailing!
* Lots of other improvements to make the app more enjoyable!

ASA’s Sailing Challenge (for iPhone/iPad) includes six fun, easy-to-use modules that unlock the mysteries of sailing. Learn Points of Sail, Apparent Wind, Sail Trim, Tacking and Jibing, Rules of the Road, and Docking. Then, put it all together when you sail around a course against the clock in the Sailing module.

Sailing Challenge combines the most innovative thinking in the digital education field with ASA’s experience in teaching sailing to create a game that lets players climb aboard, take control of the tiller in one hand and the mainsheet in the other, and sail off on a virtual sea of fun. When the ASA says the fun starts here, we really mean it!

What’s New

Version 3.0.11

Fixed missing islands on a few courses.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
274 Ratings

274 Ratings

X86BSD ,

If you are completely new to sailing...

And by new I mean from a land locked state and the closest you’ve gotten to a sailboat is lake “whatever” near your hometown where you might see a handful of smaller sailboats on occasion but only at a distance this app is great for running over some fundamental basics of how wind works upon a sail, which in turn explains how your sailboat moves under different sail orientations. As well as the very basic idea of right of way, and docking under sail power only which way more people sailing should be used to doing imo.

The app I definitely worth the cost of a Starbucks for this knowledge in an easy to understand and repeatable way to practice.

Over time I’m sure it will receive even more polish through feedback. But if you just want to dip your toe into the water as it were and learn some very basic concepts and ideas it’s worth it, plus it gives you a nice way to kill time stuck at an airport or in a cab ride while you are having basic concepts repeatedly drilled into your brain until it’s second nature.

I’m very encouraged by ASA’s embracing of technology to teach new folks. Videos, apps, etc. well done ASA!

Developer Response ,

Wow! Thank you for your feedback and your 5-star review. Your review was spot on - this app is certainly targeted towards the beginner sailor, but there are also some elements in the app that appeal to the more experienced sailor such as trying to set a fastest time around the courses or earning all 36 awards! We are also listening to all the feedback from our audience and continue to improve the app and add new features to make it even better!

Myztro ,

Very helpful for a first-timer

I'm planning to sail for the first time in about 2 weeks. Ive spent many years using small motor boats and don't plan to spend several hundred dollars taking classes to learn to sail the $500 used sailboat I bought. I've read lots of information and watched a bunch of videos so I thought I had a grasp on the basics from a technical standpoint. This app actually put my knowledge to the test much better than I expected and while I'm probably still going to struggle a bit, I'm going to be way more prepared after getting some feel for the wind and sail reaction. I might provide an update after I take my maiden voyage if I'm still alive.

Blueeyedballbuster ,

Set sail with this app!

This app is a great starter for anyone wanting to learn the ins and outs of sailing. Even if all you're doing is watching a sailing event on TV, this app will help you understand what the participants are doing and give you greater appreciation for the sport. The modules are set up well and progressively teach the basics. I have a little trouble with the trim and helm controls, but younger users should do much better than this old fart! I have been sailing for years and can say this app is a great and inexpensive way to get your feet wet and learn whether sailing is for you. Just do it!

In-App Purchases

Cruising Monohull
A 35' cruising monohull you can sail.
Beach Catamaran
A beach catamaran you can sail.
Pod of Dolphins
A pod of dolphins you can encounter.


American Sailing Association
441.4 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
In-App Purchases
  1. Beach Catamaran $0.99
  2. Cruising Monohull $0.99
  3. Pod of Dolphins $0.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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