ASA Featured Instructor: Michael Brown

By: Instructors, Schools, women on the water

Captain Michael Brown of Captain in You Sailing Schools Captain Mike Brown is a USCG 50-ton Master, and the owner/operator and managing instructor of the three Captain in You Sailing Schools Inc. (CIYSS). Mike founded the school in 2008 and has successfully operated it since its inception. Mike is the head instructor and is a certified Instructor for all ASA Courses. He is also an IQC Instructor evaluator. Captain Brown is a four-time winner of the ASA INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR award and is a highly regarded sailor, teacher and businessman amongst his peers and the American Sailing Association. Captain …

ASA Featured Instructor: Anne Popolizio

By: Instructors, Schools, women on the water

Captain Anne Popolizio of Manhattan Sailing School Getting to know someone through an interview is oftentimes disappointing. Just reading about ASA instructor Anne Popolizio makes me want to go sailing with her right now! Her story is one of a passion for sailing and a passion for learning.  I want to be out on the water with the sailor that just can’t get enough or with the young girl who just had to be in a sailing class.  Chasing down what you love and capturing it in order to share it with others is the definition of teaching.  That is …

ASA Featured Instructor: Amy E. Skillman

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Captain Amy E. Skillman of Sailtime Annapolis Sailing Academy Captain Amy Skillman grew up sailing and grew up with four brothers. The experience that she garnered sailing with her adventurous family has prepared her for a life of teaching. Understanding the roles that are played on a boat as well as how personalities develop from those roles has contributed to Captain Skillman’s approach to sailing. Captain Amy Skillman’s shared much about her sailing philosophy and it is intoxicating. It makes me want to sail the Chesapeake with her right now. Captain Amy E. Skillman is ASA’s Featured Instructor

ASA Featured Instructor: Jennifer Wirth

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Captain Jennifer Wirth of Blue Water Sailing Florida Captain Jennifer Wirth’s bio reads like an extensive sailing log but one thing that catches our eye is this: “She spent the next six years sailing the Caribbean, living on self-caught seafood and fresh island fruit, enjoying the self-reliance and empowerment of “cruising simple.” It is in that description of who she is as a sailor that she possesses a little bit of what we all want to be. Her life has been about sailing and it continues to be from chartering to teaching. Captain Jennifer Wirth is ASA’s Featured Instructor

ASA Featured Instructor: Laurel Seaborn

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Captain Laurel Seaborn of American Sailing Academy Captain Laurel Seaborn has a sailing resume that spans from growing up on a Herreshoff-design ketch to being co-founder and instructor for the Seafaring Education and Maritime Archeological Heritage Program. She holds a 100 ton USCG license, and she has seemingly done every job on boats from top to bottom. Captain Seaborn owned a boat before she owned a car and taught at a couple of universities. Fortunately for us at ASA, she loves to teach sailing, and her students in Key Largo get to reap the benefits of her endless experience on …

ASA Featured Instructor: DJ McCabe

By: Instructors, Schools, women on the water

Captain DJ McCabe of U-Sail Sailing School Captain DJ McCabe is not just a sailing instructor she is a sailing school owner. Captain DJ is the owner and operator of U-Sail of Central Florida and is the quintessential sailor. She lives to be out on the water. She has handled every aspect of the sailing experience from racing to maintenance to cruising to exploring. Her infectious spirit makes her popular with her students and a role model for women on the water.  Captain DJ McCabe is ASA’s Featured Instructor

ASA Featured Instructor: Sara Burke

By: Instructors, Schools, women on the water

Captain Sara Burke of Manhattan Sailing School Captain Sara Burke is a role model. As a sailing instructor at Manhattan Sailing School, she is a champion of the sailing lifestyle and a model of what sailing is becoming. Her sailing story is about perseverance and adaptability but boils down to her love for the ocean. Read her story below and you’ll realize that her positivity about sailing is a springboard to be better. Better on the water and better in other aspects of your life. A lover of the ocean, Sara Burke needs sailing but sailing needs her more. Captain …

ASA Featured Instructor: Thelma Brooks

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Thelma Brooks of Narragansett Sailing School is This Month’s Featured Instructor Mary Goff, owner of Narragansett Sailing School suggested we should feature one of her instructors, Thelma Brooks. She shared testimonials from her students and the underlying theme was her patience with students. The testimonials can be found at the bottom of this article but it is important to note that she makes strides teaching other women to sail. The American Sailing Association has quite a few women instructors who are making a huge difference in bringing more women on the water.  Captain Thelma Brooks is this month’s ASA Featured …

ASA Featured Instructor: Paul Barnett

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Perry Yacht Club Captain Paul Barnett is This Month’s Featured Instructor ASA instructor, Paul Barnett, teaches on Perry Lake in Kansas. His paramour as he puts it is sailing. It is no coincidence his boat is aptly named Paramour.  He has taught sailing for over 30 years from starting on a small lake to now operating his own school.  He started at Perry Yacht Cub Sailing School almost 10 years ago, running their sail camp for kids. Soon he was a Keelboat Instructor and eventually was running the adult sailing program. “I learned to sail in the Chesapeake near Baltimore, …