ASA Featured Instructor: Thelma Brooks

By: Instructors, Schools, women on the water

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, …

ASA Featured Instructor: Marc Gonsalves

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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.