April 17-24: St. Augustine Sailing sponsors St. Augustine Race Week

Fast, Fun and Friendly theme to attract adults and children with competitive, social events

Rose Ann and Chuck Points, owners of St. Augustine Sailing Enterprises, Inc. and Yacht Sales by Rose Ann  will sponsor St. Augustine Race Week from Saturday, April 17 until Saturday, April 24 with a variety of adult and children’s themed races and activities. The sixth annual event will be held at the historic St. Augustine Yacht Club, 442 Ocean Vista Avenue in St. Augustine, and various locations in the area.

According to Rose Ann Points, she and her husband Chuck, along with company team members and additional crew, will participate in and serve as a major sponsor in a myriad of activities along with participation from local sailing companies, clubs, and businesses to orchestrate ocean, river, and bayfront racing, a youth sailing regatta, skipper’s briefings, awards ceremonies, parties, live music, and more. For information about schedules, activities, rules and fees to register, visit the website at https://www.staugustineraceweek.com. For health and safety protocols, visit the website at https://www.staugustineraceweek.com/sarw-2021-20-covid-19-protocol/. The public is invited to attend specific activities and view the races free of charge.

“The ‘Big Boats’ will race off the coast of St. Augustine in the Atlantic Ocean and inshore racers will sail in the Tolomato River, just north of the Vilano Bridge,” said Points. “We’ll have great fun cheering on the youth sailors in the Matanzas Bay between the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States, and the renowned Bridge of Lions that spans the Intracoastal Waterway in St. Augustine,” she said.

A highlight of Race Week includes Rose Ann and Chuck Points racing their Hunter 216s sailboats, the Enchantee luxury Jeanneau 410 Mono-Hull, along with Allons-Y, a Jeanneau 349, among other U.S. and French made, plus internationally manufactured vessels from 21-feet to 45-feet. Tours of the boats and more will be featured during Race Week at St. Augustine Sailing Enterprises, Inc., Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor, 3076 Harbor Dr. in St. Augustine, Fla.

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 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 East coast from Maryland to the Tortuga and up the west side of Florida, spent about nine months traveling throughout the Bahamas, and time in the Caribbean such as Puerto Rico’s Spanish Virgin Island and British Virgin Island as well as other Caribbean locations.

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 the 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. For more information, call (904) 829-0648. Visit the website at https://www.sta-sail.com.

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