History of TASCA


For over 45 years, TASCA has been changing people’s lives by introducing them to the exciting world of


Since 1967, TASCA (“The American Small Craft Association”) has been teaching sailing and boating safety at Meadow Lake in Flushing, Queens, New York. With the cooperation of the NYC Parks Department, TASCA maintained the old boathouse and dock in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park until August 2011, when the beautifully renovated Meadow Lake Boathouse was completed. TASCA has taught more than 3000 people to sail, and we continue to provide spring, summer and fall Basic Sailing classes so people can enjoy the beauty and tranquility of Meadow Lake.

Not so tranquil are TASCA’s Racing events! TASCA Members and their guests race designated courses from buoy to buoy using our fleet of twelve American 14s (link). These are safe, sloop-rigged boats that are stable and excellent for instruction, and fun to race. TASCA Members regularly clean and repair the boats, learning skills and techniques of boat maintenance.

TASCA also offers advanced keelboat courses on its 22’ and 28’ sloops docked at the World’s Fair Marina in Flushing, Queens. Daysails and Bareboat Cruises are held in Long Island Sound, Connecticut, Chesapeake Bay, Tampa Bay, Florida, as well as in international waters of the Virgin Islands, Belize, Greece, Turkey and France.

TASCA has approximately 350 dues-paying members who reside in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, and Florida.





TASCA Members are all volunteers who start as Basic Sail graduates who move on to take the advanced certification courses as sailing Instructors, Dockmaster, Skippers and Cruise Skippers.

 TASCA was founded on the following goals: 
  • To render community service in promoting and encouraging small craft activity as recreation and sport.
  • To use TASCA prescribed standards for proficiency and safety.
  • To be a non-profit all volunteer organization.
  • To promote friendly relationships among all persons interested in small craft.

Originally affiliated with the American Red Cross, TASCA is now a member of US Sailing. Many TASCA members are also members of allied nautical organizations such as US Sailing, ASA, US Power Squadrons and US Coast Guard Auxiliary, and have taught advanced educational courses for these organizations.