AUSTIN, Texas – The 2016 Community Sailing and Training Award winners were celebrated on Thursday night as part of the 2017 National Sailing Programs Symposium at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol in Austin, Texas.

Charleston Community Sailing received the award for More than Ten Years of Hallmark Performance for their continued commitment to community sailing.

Don Rotzien has been recognized for his unique ability to teach the most complex sailing topics to Hudson River Community Sailing students.

From scholarships, to the underprivileged, to training the fastest young sailors in the harbor, Charleston Community Sailing has set the standard for community organizations around the country.

With its growing sailing program and expansive aquatics training and safety programs, the Mission Bay Aquatic Center is the epitome of community sailing.

The sailing community became his home and since that moment, Raymond has spent every moment trying to give the same opportunity to those from outside of the sailing community.

About US SailingThe United States Sailing Association, the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States.

US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team.