St. Augustine Sailing staff members recognized by American Sailing Association as Top Outstanding Instructors
St. Augustine, Fla. – May 21, 2021 – Rose Ann and Chuck Points, owners of St. Augustine Sailing Enterprises, Inc. and Yacht Sales by Rose Ann, are pleased to announce that local company staff members have been named by the American Sailing Association (ASA) as Outstanding Instructors of the Year 2020 including Christopher DeHart and Mihai Cosereanu. DeHart and Cosereanu are ASA Instructors and United States Coast Guard (USCG) Boat and Charter Master Captains who are licensed and certified to provide instruction and charter excursions for St. Augustine Sailing clients.
The award classification honors the top one percent of all active status ASA Instructors as determined by instructor surveys that are submitted by students receiving instruction. Of the 2,405 instructors in 2020 with active status, 980 taught at least one ASA class and were eligible for the award. According to ASA, the organization honored more instructors than is customary due to the booming boating industry, boating instruction in high demand, ASA Instructors in short supply, and instructors who were available to instruct during the global pandemic. The Threshold Method and the Bayesian Method of surveying were applied to name a total of 42 honorees from throughout the U.S.
According to Rose Ann Points, her company is proud of its Certified Instructors who are committed to providing excellence in sailing instruction, “We congratulate Chris and Mihai for their exceptional commendations. Becoming an ASA Outstanding Instructor of the Year requires great focus on being a dedicated sailing instructor for every student, in every class, on every day that you teach, week in, and month out,” she said.
St. Augustine Sailing Enterprises serves the community as a certified American Sailing Association Training Facility with a well-maintained fleet of best-in-class sailboats from 21 to 45 feet at the harbor-front office located along the Intracoastal Waterway and Matanzas River, near historic downtown St. Augustine and Vilano Beach. All captains and instructors at the business are certified by the American Sailing Association and are United States Coast Guard (USCG) licensed.
As company owners and St. Augustine residents, Rose Ann and Chuck Points have been boating and sailing most of their lives. Rose Ann began her boating life in the Northwest U.S. cruising on the Columbia River on board a 27-foot powerboat during weekends and vacations on the water with her family. In 1996, she moved to Florida to live aboard a Morgan Out-Island Ketch with her three children for 13 years. She has sailed along the U.S. east coast from Maryland to Tortuga, off the northern coast of Haiti, the west coast of Florida, and spent nine months traveling throughout the Bahamas. She has also sailed throughout Puerto Rico’s Spanish Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands along with numerous Caribbean locations, among others.
Rose Ann has been associated with St Augustine Sailing for more than eight years in a variety of positions and purchased the company with her husband Chuck in 2017. She holds a 50 GT United States Coast Guard masters license with Aux Sail Endorsement. She manages St. Augustine Sailing and the company’s various member clubs, the local SailTime franchise, and Yacht Sales by Rose Ann (a new and used boat sales brokerage) . Rose Ann founded a variety of team building programs and established a myriad of sailing activities. She established Women on the Water (WOW) to enhance the lives of women through education, practical application and access to sailing vessels, and to develop skills to sail with confidence. Rose Ann and Chuck also own the local SailTime franchise and support St. Augustine Yacht Club and the area’s youth sailing and scholarship programs.
Chuck Points has sailed Asia, Europe and a variety of different sailing environments from Lake Superior to the South China Sea. He has more than 22 years of sailing experience. In addition to holding a Masters 100 GT Captain License with an Aux Sailing Endorsement, he is a certified American Sailing Association Instructor. In 2007, he was named an ASA Outstanding Instructor of the Year. His passion for being on the water extends to being under the water as well. He is also a dive instructor and oversees all sailing operations at the company and is the main Delivery Captain. Chuck is a Vietnam war veteran and served in the U.S. Marines. St. Augustine Sailing Enterprises, Inc. is located at Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor, 3076 Harbor Dr. in St. Augustine, Fla. For more information, call (904) 829-0648. Visit the website at https://www.sta-sail.com.