Captain Ed's Sailing
Could you use a little training on your own boat? Maybe you have traded up and just need a little confidence thrown in. I have experience on many different types and size sail boats and once in a while a motor boat. Give me a call we can arrange a training delivery on that new boat I do them all of the time from and to anywhere.
My mission with Captain Ed's sailing is to have people learn the art of sailing in a relaxed manner whether as an individual or as a family. I like to slowly squeeze the art out of the science.
When I came up to the Merrimack River to Sail out of Newburyport in 1980 there were no sailing classes, we would travel down the Merrimack River with what little navigation knowledge we had and hope not to hit anything. We (there were a few of us that would sail our boats together) would sail along the coast of Plum Island, or Salisbury Beach, and as we got braver and gained a bit more confidence, we made our way out to the Isle Of Shoals eventually learning how to drop a hook and stay for the night or in some cases the weekend. Once we gained more experience we would eventually venture into Portsmouth, and Rockport. This process took years.
My goal is to make learning to sailing a cruising boat as relaxing as posable and with the knowledge that you gain, make you a valuable crew member or an experienced boat owner.
Come out relax, sail the boat learn something if you wish, or just hang out on the deck or below it is up to you. At the end of a sailing trip whether you have never sailed before or have been sailing for thirty years you will know more than when you started. I know every trip is a lesson for me as well, since I have been honing the art of sailing for over 35 years and have had taught hundreds how to sail.
I have been around boats for as long as I can remember starting with anything we could float down the Shawsheen River in Tewksbury, eventually moving up to row boats, canoes, kayaks, and sailing dinghies. In 1979 I bought an O'day 22 and sailed it out of Boston Harbor after taking sailing lessons through the Boston Sailing Center.
Finding that getting to and from Newburyport was so much easier than dealing with Boston, in 1980 I brought the same boat up to the Merrimack River and sailed it out of Newburyport for the next fifteen years.
With this boat I sailed to Isles of shoals, Rockport, Portsmouth, and out to Provincetown. As my family grew I moved up to an O'day 27 and expanded my adventures into Maine as well as Georges Bank.
I have made three passages to the Bahamas and have sailed on boats to Bermuda, Nova Scotia. These days I sail my 31ft Southern Cross Sarah Maria along the East Coast from Maine to Georgia.
While still working at Gillette Company in Andover I was teaching a basic Navigation class for the Boston Sailing Club.
I retired from Gillette in 2005 and decided to bring that class to the Merrimack River as my own Business, where I now focus on sharing my passion for sailing with others not only by teaching on my boat, The Bella Donna, an O'Day28 but I also teach on owners boats which brings me to places that I cannot afford to go on boats that I can’t afford to own. I have been bringing boats along the east coast and the Caribbean as training deliveries for just about ten years now. When not sailing I like to fly fish, Play my guitar, write songs and stories.
The Family hands On Sailing Adventure
By far my favorite sailing trip is the Hands On Family sailing Adventure. I love passing on my passion of sailing to a family as they come out on a sailboat for posably the first time ever. By the end of the trip have learned the basics of sailing a boat. You are at the helm , you are in control. You may even see a whale as you sail along the coast of Plum Island, or Salisbury Beach, maybe even the Isle of Shoals. Give me a call and save your spot this summer.
Prices starting at $350