Sail Solomons co-owners and instructors Andy Batchelor and Lisa Batchelor Frailey were each named “Outstanding Instructor for 2014”, an award that recognizes the top 1% of over 2000 ASA sailing instructors.
Sail Solomons Sailing School opened in 2007, and has received the Outstanding School award every year from 2008 through 2012, when the award was discontinued. Their instructors have been awarded “Outstanding Instructor” each year since 2007, making Sail Solomons the most recognized sailing school on the Chesapeake Bay. Lisa notes “We’re more than just a sailing school. We believe sailing is a lifestyle, and we offer a continuum of sailing activities for all levels – from summer on the Chesapeake to winter flotillas and courses in the Caribbean.”
Andy indicates that the success of Sail Solomons is largely due to the small class size and personal attention each student receives. “We strive to give our students an exceptional sailing experience. Our boats are well maintained, and our instructors are all USCG licensed Captains and ASA-certified instructors. We want our students to love sailing as much as we do.” Lisa notes “We thank all our students for taking time to complete the surveys. We try hard to accommodate each student’s learning preferences, and we’re pleased that our efforts have been recognized. Seeing our students enjoy sailing is our greatest reward.”
The school is located at Zahniser’s Yachting Center in Solomons Maryland. Sail Solomons offers courses on their fleet of five daysailers and three cruising yachts for all sailing levels, from novice to advanced. Private instruction is also available. On Your Own Boat courses are very popular for sailors wishing to develop more expertise in specific areas on their own sailboats. Andy and Lisa are now owners of Kinetic Sailing. They continue to instruct ASA courses for Sail Solomons, which is now under new ownership.