2017 Outstanding Instructors

By: Instructors

ASA has selected the Outstanding Instructors of the Year for 2017. Of all the ASA instructors who were active and eligible in 2017, the top 32 are listed below, representing 31 different locations across 13 states, and 3 countries. The process by which these instructors were determined was completely objective, derived by a formula that weighs the number of student surveys generated, the number of completed surveys actually submitted, and the average instructor score across all submitted surveys with 4.00 as the highest possible average score.

Randolph Altermatt
Seward, Alaska

Francois Asselin
Weymouth, Massachusetts

Anderson Barnes
Panama City, Florida

Yonatan Bresler
Tel Aviv, Israel

James Cook
Denver, Colorado

Doran Cushing
Austin, Texas

Richard Dawson
Waxahachie, Texas

John Drake
Amelia Island, Florida

Chuck Hashbarger
Los Angeles, California

Kyle Hirsh
San Diego, California

Ken Hogrefe
Seabrook, Texas

Jon Jones
Houston, Texas

James King
Wiggins, Mississippi

Stanley Lander
Novato, California

William Lemex
Kemah, Texas

Chris Lower
Corpus Christi, Texas

Christopher May
Wellington, Florida

Jaye Melanson
Fort Pierce, Florida

Mark Merritt
Santa Cruz, California

Gerald Miller
Zirconia, North Carolina

Duane Moran
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Loren Newton
Traverse City, Michigan

Robert Portman
Sun Lakes, Arizona

Michael Rice
Tacoma, Washington

James Slater
Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Lloyd Tracy Spinney
West Palm Beach, Florida

Clint Sutter
Peoria, Arizona

Rob Swain, Jr.
Little Compton, Rhode Island

Richard Van Loon
Little Silver, New Jersey

Arno Von Waltsleben
Saint Petersburg, Florida

Jennifer Wirth
Miami, Florida

Elliot Zimmerman
Los Angeles, California

ASA is extremely proud of its certified instructors who are committed to provide excellence in sailing instruction, and we extend our congratulations to the 32 instructors on this list who have achieved an outstanding commendation for 2017. Very well done, and we thank you. Keep up the great work!

In future, ASA plans to attach the student survey to the electronic version of each ASA examination to increase the yield of respondents to a much higher level.