New board member for Sail America

Published on January 19th, 2022

Sail America, the trade association for the U.S. sailing industry, includes one new member to its 2022 board of directors: Charles Saville of Quantum Sails. All directors are elected through the association’s standard election process. A nominating committee submits candidate names to association members, who then vote anonymously on the names put forward. All board members serve for three years.

The new Sail America director will join president of the board, Josie Tucci, from The Moorings and Sunsail. Also elected to the executive committee were Margriet Mitchell of Jeanneau America, Peter Trogdon of Annapolis Boat Shows, Ted Winston of Spinlock, Kevin Carlan of Mastry Engine Center and Mark Pillsbury as past president from Cruising World.

The executive team joins the rest of the board members, which includes Freya Olsen, NMMA; Josh Toso, U.S. Sailing; Lenny Shabes, American Sailing Association; Patrick Turner, Catalina Yachts; Todd Hess, SailTime; Cindy Kalow, Superior Charters; Tyler Fields, Ballentine Boatworks and Tyler Fields Photography; and Don Smith, Beneteau America.

Chris Doscher of Hudson Yacht Group completed his tenure and service to the organization.

Born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Saville learned to sail on the Tred Avon River in Maryland. His childhood revolved around the water, including junior sailing on the eastern shores of Maryland and racing Etchells in San Diego. After college, Charlie set out on a 10-year, off-shore sailing career, covering more than 125,000 nautical miles and visiting 40 countries during 11 ocean crossings.

A third-generation sailmaker and professional sailing instructor with more than 6,000 hours of instruction, he co-founded Warrior Yachting in Annapolis, Maryland, in 2000. Providing yacht and sail maintenance, consultations and instruction, he had one mission — to help people achieve their yachting goals. In 2009, he brought that mission to Quantum Atlantic when he was contracted to manage the Annapolis service department.

In 2015, after six years of working with Quantum Sails, Charlie officially joined the team as the National Service Director. “My philosophy as a small business owner translated well to my role at Quantum,” he said. “We will not accept anything less than total perfection for ourselves as service providers, and certainly not for our customers. We stand behind our work, and if for any reason a customer is not satisfied, we’ll make it right, right away.”

Established in 1990 by members of the U.S. sailing industry, Sail America’s members represent all segments of the sailing market. With a professional staff, a dedicated board of directors, and a team of volunteers and supporters, Sail America works hard to promote the health and growth of sailing. www.sailamerica.com

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