ASA Featured Instructor: Marc Gonsalves

By: Instructors, Schools

Cruise Abacos Captain Marc Gonsalves is This Month’s Featured Instructor Growing up in the windward Islands didn’t just prepare Captain Mark Gonsalves of Cruise Abaco for a career in sailing; it guaranteed he would share his passion for the lifestyle with as many people as possible. His attention to the details of sailing, learning to sail and introducing people to chartering are best described by a student testimonial found on the Cruise Abaco website: “Our charter with Cruise Abaco was one of the most amazing vacations that my wife and I had EVER taken, and we had some fantastic vacations! …

ASA Featured Instructor: Tibor Van den Wildenbergh, Victoria Sailing School

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Tibor learned to sail through the Victoria Sailing School, from its founder, Jim Cook. Since then he has been sailing and racing extensively. You can find him at Chatfield racing nearly every Wednesday night during the season. He currently teaches basic on the water courses, as well as a Diesel Maintenance Course, and Racing and Spinnaker courses. Tibor Van den Wildenbergh is this month’s Featured Instructor.

ASA Featured Instructor: Captain Margaret Pommert, Seattle Sailing and San Juan Sailing

By: Instructors, women on the water

Captain Margaret Pommert of Seattle has been named the recipient of the 2020 BoatUS/National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA) Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award. The award annually recognizes an individual with a record of achievement in inspiring, educating, and enriching the lives of women through sailing. Margaret is an ASA instructor, Instructor Evaluator, and holds a 100-ton USCG Captain’s License. “Margaret has been called ‘a force of nature’ for her enthusiasm and effectiveness in getting more women on the water,” said NWSA President Debbie Huntsman. “She encourages women to step up to new responsibilities and to expand their capabilities, confidence, and …

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ASA Featured Instructor: Captain Brenton Lockridge, Black Rock Sailing School

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Brenton Lockridge went to sailing camp at age seven. At age sixteen he was teaching sailing in Westport, CT. At 19, he was delivering boats between Cape Cod and Penobscot Bay. In between, he developed and administered sailing curriculum to all underclassmen at the Maine Maritime Academy and he eventually became a certified Skipper in the school’s Cruising program.  In 2008, he founded Black Rock Sailing School and the school has been recognized as an ASA Outstanding School multiple times and Brenton has been named an ASA Outstanding Instructor over 8 times. Captain Brenton Lockridge is this month’s Featured Instructor.

Sailing Local With ASA Outstanding Instructors – West Coast

By: Learn To Sail, Schools

Local Schools With Outstanding Instructors When the dust settles on the COVID-19 crisis we will be looking to get back outside and back out on the water. That is when you should be seeking out your local sailing school. Explore the idea of sailing with one of ASA’s Outstanding Instructors. It’s time to #Saillocal with ASA Outstanding Instructors.

ASA Featured Instructor: Captain Kira Maixner, Modern Sailing School

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Captain Kira currently teaches at Modern Sailing in Sausalito where the San Francisco Bay is her playground. She has been heavily involved in building a women’s sailing program and teaches a Wind & Woman course as well. She has been boating since she was a youngster and sailing since she moved to San Francisco 6 years ago. In December 2017, Kira began working towards earning her Captain’s License, which she earned in 2018, and began teaching at Modern Sailing School in the spring of 2018. While she enjoys teaching people from all walks of life, she is most passionate when …