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Sail Solomons has been named “Outstanding School for 2012” by the American Sailing Association.

The award recognizes the top 20 of more than 300 ASA sailing schools worldwide, and is based on responses from 2012 student surveys regarding the quality of service, boats and instruction.

Sail Solomons co-owners and instructors Andy Batchelor and Lisa Batchelor Frailey were each named “Outstanding Instructor for 2012”, an award that recognizes the top 1 percent of more than 2000 ASA sailing instructors.

Sail Solomons Sailing School opened in 2007, and has received the Outstanding School award every year from 2008 through 2012. Its instructors have been awarded each year since 2007, making Sail Solomons the most recognized sailing school on the Chesapeake Bay, according to a Sail Solomons news release.

In the release, Batchelor Frailey said, “We’re more than just a sailing school. We believe sailing is a lifestyle, and we offer a continuum of sailing activities for all levels — from summer on the Chesapeake to winter flotillas and courses in the Caribbean.”

Batchelor said in the release that the success of Sail Solomons is largely due to the small class size and personal attention each student receives.

“We strive to give our students an exceptional sailing experience. Our boats are well maintained, and our instructors are all USCG licensed Captains and ASA-certified instructors. We want our students to love sailing as much as we do.”

In the release, Batchelor Frailey said,“We thank all our students for taking time to complete the surveys. We try hard to accommodate each student’s learning preferences, and we’re pleased that our efforts have been recognized. Seeing our students enjoy sailing is our greatest reward.”

The school is located at Zahniser’s Yachting Center in Solomons.