Charlie Arms

Charlie Arms

Position: Director

Hometown: Annapolis, MD

Education: Cottey College, A.A., Cal State Long Beach, B.A., Recreation & Leisure, San Francisco State Univ. M.S. Recreation, Parks & Tourism, magna cum laude

An Interview with Charlie Arms

  1. How can community sailing centers, yacht clubs and other sailing organizations collaborate with each other more on key initiatives to grow sailing?
    By hosting and attending regional meetings that address the issues common to these groups as well as participating in the National Sailing Program Symposium and the Leadership Forum.
  2. How can these organizations and other sailing industries integrate with their local communities to provide more awareness for prospective new sailors?  
    In Annapolis, we have an association of Sailing Industry folks that meet monthly over lunch and share what is happening in their organization. Partnerships are developed through this process and ideas are shared.
  3. What can US Sailing do to help facilitate these partnerships?
    US Sailing can help connect groups.   Staff members can work to get to know key principles of the organizations so that they can be a resource.
  4. How has US Sailing’s programs and services impacted your overall sailing experience?
    I remember being on race committees with the USYRU [US Yacht Racing Union] logo as a teenager. After college I began racing myself and competed in National Championships.  Later,  when I went to work for Cal Maritime in 1999, I quickly attained many certifications from Training to Race Management.  I was fortunate that my organization both paid for me to get training and gave me time off to attend the AGM and NSPS.  I had already made sailing my vocation, US Sailing helped give me the expertise and credentials to be successful.
  5. Is it important for sailors to be members of US Sailing?
    Of Course. Any racing sailor ought to be a member as we are the governing body of the sport and they receive the benefits of the rules and race administration.  Recreational sailors can benefit from the many training courses and preparation for cruising resources including Safety at Sea.  It may be harder for them to connect the dots of the benefits membership brings them.  If US Sailing wants to attract the recreational sailor, they need to commit resources to finding out what these sailors need and want and to fulfilling those needs.


Charlie was born in Newport, RI into a Navy family that moved often.  The family moved to San Diego where Charlie learned to sail and began racing. After college Charlie returned to San Diego.  She became an active member of the Women’s Yacht Racing Fleet.  Charlie has worked in the sailing industry as an instructor, charter & delivery captain, rigger and in a sail loft.  She retired at the Director of Sailing for the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, CA after 16 years which included 2 College National Offshore Championships leading to racing in the Student World Yachting Cup.  Settling in Annapolis MD, she works as the Executive Director of the Brendan Sailing Program, building self-confidence in children with Learning Differences through sailing.  She also teaches Instructor Training courses in Keelboat, Powerboat and Small Boat.  Charlie is an International Umpire and enjoys giving back to the sport umpiring, judging and through race management.

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