It is fairly easy to find good sailors (someone who can make a boat go fast), it is not so easy to find a good seaman (someone who is safe with an inexperienced crew in all kinds of weather conditions). It is exponentially more difficult to find a person with the required seamanship skills and also, the required teaching skills. The Victoria Sailing School recognizes that the quality of the business is totally dependant on the quality of the instructors. We work very hard at maintaining a dedicated group of professionals.
We spend a lot of time and effort recruiting, training and preparing our instructors and we currently work with about 12 local sailing professionals. Here are the sailing resumes of some of these instructors. They are listed in alphabetical order.
Don has been sailing with the Victoria Sailing School since 1995.
Instructors at West Point Military Academy are required to participate in extra curricular activities, so in 1976 Don started teaching sailing as the coach for the U.S. Military Academy Sailing Team. He currenlty holds ASA 101, 103, 104, 105 & 201 certifications.
Between golf games, he teachs both our theory and practical classes.
Doug has been sailing with the Victoria Sailing School since 2004.
Originally from Alaska, Doug has lived in Colorado since 1978. He has his own Landscape Architecture business, Rockne Corty Design Inc.
His formal sailing certifications include the ASA 101,103, 104, 105, 107 & 201. He has chartered vessels up to 50 ft in length in various locations, including Lake Superior, the San Juan Islands & the British Virgin Islands. He currently owns a Balboa 26 that he keeps at Cherry Creek.
He also enjoys riding his bike and is quite easily talked into a round of golf.
James has been sailing with the Victoria Sailing School since 1996.
A healthy, athletic 56 year old Brit and has been sailing for about 45 years, many of those in the waters of the UK, the Med, the California and Florida coasts, the Caribbean and New England. He has been an American Sailing Association Instructor for 14 years. In his leisure time, can be found teaching people to sail in Denver, New England and the Caribbean. I love to introduce people to the world of sailing.
He raises seeing-eye dogs for Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, CA. He volunteers as a carpenter with Habitat for Humanity, helping to build affordable housing in the Denver area and is creating a national level collaboration between the US Croquet Association and the US Alzheimer's Association. He also enjoys gardening, camping and hiking in his adopted state of Colorado.
Jim has been sailing with the Victoria Sailing School since 2007.
Even though he's a Colorado native, he's been ocean sailing since 1987, bareboat chartering in the following locations: U.S. & British Virgin Islands; British Columbia Southern Gulf Islands; Sea of Cortez; and has completed several sails from Marina del Rey to Catalina and back. Formal sailing classes include ASA 101, ASA 103, ASA 104, and ASA 105. He has recently retired from a career in State government.
Beside sailing and being an avid snow skier, he enjoys canoe trips with his daughter, deep-sea fishing, boating/houseboating at Lake Powell, riding dirt bikes (motorcycles). He has an Advanced Open-Water scuba diving certification. His other activities include teaching Ballroom dancing with his wife, dealing Craps, Blackjack and Poker, finishing his novel, entering chili cook-offs and being a good husband and dad. Not all necessarily in order. Like most retirees, he is busier now than when he was working.
Mike has been sailing with the Victoria Sailing School since 2002.
A retired United Airlines pilot, Mike splits his time between his boat in the Virgin Islands and his house in Denver.
He took lessons (ASA 101 & 103) from the Victoria Sailing School in 1996 and like most pilots, understood the mechanics and conepts immediately. Prior to purchasing his first boat, he chartered in Australia, the San Juan Islands, San Diego, San Francisco & Florida. He has owned two boats, first purchasing a Beneteau 463, then downsizing to a Choy Lee Clipper 36 (that he still owns and keeps in the U.S. Virgin Islands).
He tested for and received his USCG Captain's papers in 2005.
Len has been sailing with the Victoria Sailing School since 2009.
Originally from England, Len started sailing out of Marina Del Rey in 1970. He has earned his ASA 101, 103, 104, 105 & 201 ASA certifications and has extensive experience sailing the Caribbean aboard an Amel 54' Super Marimou Ketch including passages from Tortola to Venezuela. He raised his family in Tucson, AZ, so spent multiple days sailing on Lake Roosevelt aboard a variety of boats; Catalina 25, Catalina 30, Ranger 26, San Juan 24, Morgan 36, Hans Christian 38.
He currently splits his time between a home in Parker and his Catalina moored in Mexico on the Sea of Cortez.