'Not only is Jonathan an experienced sailor, he also has over 25 years of experience with non-profit administration that includes sail training as well as race management expertise, making him a perfect fit for the Race Director position,' said ASTA Executive Director Peter A. MELLO (USA). 'We are excited to have him join our senior management team.'
Founded in 1973, ASTA is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage character building through sail training, promote sail training in North America, and support education under sail. With more than 250 tall ships and sail training vessels representing more than 25 countries sailing around the globe, ASTA fosters youth education, leadership development and the preservation of North American maritime heritage and traditions. ASTA organizes the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE®, an annual series of sail training races, rallies and maritime festivals, hosts an annual conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships, and publishes SAIL TALL SHIPS!, a guide to sail training and adventure at sea. Additionally, ASTA raises money for scholarships and administers grants directly supporting youth education and leadership development programmes.