Our staff loves to sail. Sailing has become a lifestyle and a passion; it is what we do in our free time and on vacation. Let us share our love of the sport with you!
Originally hailing from Jamestown, Rhode Island, Captain David is a long-time sailboat owner. He has extensive cruising experience on the east coast from the US/Canada border to South Florida.
Captain David currently cruises his 40' yacht in the Chesapeake Bay when he's not teaching sailing or playing hockey. Students enjoy his wealth of knowledge that goes far beyond our course curriculum. One student recently said of him:
"David is by all accounts the best sailing instructor I've ever had. While his knowledge of sailing has a depth and breadth that is remarkable what makes him a truly unique
teacher is his calm and secure approach to teaching. No matter what the situation is
David always seems in control and conveys a sense of peaceful confdence which is
invaluable to a student struggling to master (or at times barely execute) a particular
maneuver. David truly loves sailing and his enthusiasm is contagious making you wish
the sail will last forever." -Alejandro
US Sailing Instructor
Joel is a purebread Annapolitan (from Annapolis, MD). He hold a BA in Education and has a strong racing background. When not teaching sailing, Joel sails on Donnybrook, one of the largest and fastest vessels on the Bay. He has significant offshore experience between New England and the Caribbean.
Joel teaches adult and youth sailing. He usully Captains the youth crusing camps on our larger vessels.
Angie left her southern roots to pursue her dream of blue water sailing. She taught herself to sail Lasers before graduating up thru keel boats to the Pearson 35 that she now skippers and cruises. Besides teaching, she also goes on deliveries throughout the Chesapeake Bay region. Angie enjoys sharing her passion for sailing and her enthusiasm is infectious.
Capt. Angie spends her winters teaching and sailing in the Bahamas. You cannot help but fall in love with the sport as she shares her knowlege and skills out on the Bay.
ASA Certified Instructor
Professor Sabatier's primary career is teaching physics. He understands stuff about boats that none of the rest of us can quite figure out! During the summer months, when school is not in session, he trades in his cardigan for a life jacket and teaches sailing in the sun.
Charley has served as the Waterfront Director for Planet Hope's youth program but also is certified by the American Sailing Association to teach Keelboat Sailing. Charley is also an avid keelboat racer and can be found on the race course most Wednesday evenings calmly guiding his crew to victory.
USCG 100 Ton Master
Captain Suky teaches for The Sailing Academy on the Chesapeake Bay and the Sea of Abaco, Bahamas. She hails from Long Island, CT & NY waters and has sailed for more than 30 years, covering more than 10,000 miles in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Bahamas, including circumnavigating Cuba in 2009 on a South African 38 foot catamaran.
Captain Suky was introduced to sailing by her father on Long Island Sound, where she sailed racing dinghies and Hobie Cats. Later, with a career in advertising in New York City, she sailed her Hunter 33 sloop recreationally from City Island, New York, and crewed on charter sailboats in the Caribbean whenever possible. Also, an avid windsurfer, she discovered a love of teaching, as she found herself introducing and coaching others in the sport.
Captain Suky has sailed extensively on the eastern end of Long Island from Shelter Island to Martha's Vineyard and has been discovering the great sailing grounds of the Chesapeake the last 3 years. She spent the winter 2012 in the Bahamas, sailing a Pearson 35 there and back, teaching and cruising the turquoise waters of the Sea of Abaco.
5 years ago, Captain Suky changed careers to fulfill her life- long dream of sailing professionally full-time. She is a USCG Master 100 Ton Captain, certified ASA Instructor and private Captain. She is delighted to make the Chesapeake her home for the summers, and joined The Sailing Academy in 2011.
Jeffrey K Bowen
USCG 100 Ton
Captain Jeff started sailing in his early teen years and began teaching sailing during summers while in college. His sailing experience includes boats ranging from windsurfers to large crusing boats. Jeff lived aboard a 44' Catamaran for 3 years with his wife and 5 children. As a family, they cruised between the Chesapeake Bay and the Bahamas. If you want tips on sailing with children, he is definately the one to talk with! As a family, they are back on land for a while but are dreaming of new adventures.
Captain Jeff also started a non-profit sailing organization to mentor at-risk teens through the sport of sailing. Planet Hope has been impacting the lives of young people for over 10 years. He has worked with young people through his church and other non-profit organizations in some capacity for over 25 years, and brings this passion for young people to our Youth Sailing Camps.
Captain Jeff holds his 100 Ton Master's license, is an ordained minister, but he will tell you that his most important title is "dad". He is also the founder of The Sailing Academy. He would rather be sailing than sitting in the office, so he activly teaches all levels of sailing.
USCG Master Captain
Captain Ken has cruised extensively from Maine to the Bahamas. His other cruising grounds include the Florida Keys and the Virgin Islands. Ken lived aboard a 40' sailboat for five years while cruising.
Captain Ken is a very sought after instructor and currently teaches for several sailing schools, we are glad to have him as part of our team once in a while when we can convince him to leave Annapolis.