Maritime Academy Sailing Director Receives Boating Educator Award

Byline: Log News Services

SACRAMENTO (LOG NEWS SERVICE) — Susan “Charlie” Arms, director of sailing at the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, has been named Boating Educator of the Year for California by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

Arms, who has served as Cal Maritime’s director of sailing since 1999, directs the operations of the campus sailing program and a sailing aquatics center.

“The state of California is fortunate to have the talent, generosity and continuing commitment of one of the finest boating educators in the country,” said Lucia Becerra, acting director of the California Department of Boating and Waterways. “Charlie is an outstanding teacher and coach who has dedicated her life to training Californians to be capable, skilled and safe boaters.”

“I always say that I have the best job on campus, because I get to teach people about having fun on boats,” Arms said. “It’s different than the professional mariner training our cadets are getting. It’s not work; it’s recreating on boats. I feel honored to be recognized for something that I do for the love of doing it.”

In addition to being named California’s Boating Educator of the Year for 2011, Arms has been honored with US Sailing’s Mary Luray Award for outstanding and unselfish contributions to further public access sailing; the John Rumsey Award and the Yachtswoman of the Year Award from the San Diego Association of Yacht Clubs; and the Yachtswoman Excellence Award from Southern California Yacht Racing Union.

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