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Sailing Story: Edi Stan

Edi Stan had a sailboat. He’d had a sailboat for 15 years. However, until he got a push from his daughter, he’d never taken his vintage 1970s Aquarius 23 out on the water. It was a good conversation starter and a subject of daydreaming but not more than that,” Edi said. “[My daughter] said your…

Sailing Story: Mark and Tina McHenry

Sailors have had some odd sightings over the years, from mermaids to the Loch Ness Monster. But what about eerie sightings from above? Mark and Tina McHenry were on their first bareboat charter with their daughter when they spotted mysterious lights in the night sky. “At first I thought it was a car dealership with…

Sailing Story: Todd Ferderer

Todd Ferderer grew up in the landlocked state of North Dakota without much thought about sailing.   “I was never really introduced to sailing of any sort,” he said. “But boating— yes!” However, when he moved to Los Angeles in 1997 “with a love of water and warm weather” he  did eventually find his introduction to…

Sailing Story: Rocky Seelbach and Dana Hallin

High school brought Rocky and Dana together when they were young. However, sailing became a major factor in bringing them back together 44 years later.  “We went on a hike and he pointed down to Lake Pend Oreille Lake,” Dana said about their first time meeting up in Idaho after all those years.  “I have…

Sailing Stories 2023: A Year in Review

2023 was a year full of amazing sailing stories for Go Sail Virgin Islands! Take a look back at some of the best moments and take-aways of the sailing year in the Virgin Islands according to our students’ reviews on Google and Tripadvisor: The Beginning of Many New Sailing Stories  Go Sail Virgin Islands saw…

Sailing Story: Cynthia Forsch

Not all sailing stories are individual experiences— many are intertwined with another person’s journey to becoming a sailor. That is certainly the case for Cynthia Forsch, Captain Genevieve’s mom.   “My first big sail was when Genevieve was working in Belize and she invited several family members [on a sailing trip],” Cynthia said. “We rented the…

Sailing Story: Frankie Oliveri

If there is one thing you need to know about Frankie Olivieri to understand his sailing story– it’s that he isn’t the type of person to sit around and wait for things to happen. Frankie is a true go-getter. This quality of Frankie’s is evident from the very start of his sailing story. His decision…

Sailing Story: Sara Vargo

Sara was already a seasoned traveler before she found sailing. However, sailing appealed to her as a novel way to explore more places around the world.  “In a catamaran, you can basically go anywhere there is water,” she said. “and that’s the majority of the earth!” She booked a catamaran trip with friends in the…

Sailing Story: Matt Fenlon

Matt had never spent much time thinking about sailing. In fact, it wasn’t until a coworker brought it up to him that the sport had ever crossed his mind. However, after his coworker mentioned it, he felt somehow compelled to give it a whirl. And a “whirl” it was.    “After a few hours of…

Sailing Story: Bill Reed

For some sailors, their lives contain chapters and chapters of Sailing Stories. Bill Reed’s Sailing Stories could easily fill an entire book. They include memories upon sailboats in Florida as a young child, sailboat racing stories on the lakes of Michigan, and informal teaching stories on Montana’s Flathead Lake. Bill’s most recent Sailing Story is…

Sailing Story: Dave Shafer

Sailing Story: Dave Shafer Dave Shafer isn’t quite sure where his sailing story starts. On the one hand, you could say it started when he was a teenager living in Appalachia.    “I was on a very small lake on— I don’t even know if you want to call it a sailboat, it was a…

What is a Sailing Story?

“Sailing Stories” are a fun way to memorialize your sailing experience forever. These professionally written articles are available for all Go Sail Virgin Islands to participate in and receive. Here’s more about what your sailing story will include, why you should consider signing up to do one, and how to contact us to create yours!     …

Sailing Story: Barry White

While some sailors have been comfortably climbing aboard sailboats since the time they could walk, many more find this wonderful sport much later in life.  That was certainly the case for Barry White. Barry found sailing when he was on the hunt for fun retirement activities. “I’ve been doing masonry for going on 30 years…

Sailing Story: Trevon and Stephanie

Sailing stories rarely involve just one person. There are usually multiple people along the way that influence a sailor’s journey, their sailing plans, and their sailing futures.   This is absolutely true for Captain Trevon and first mate Stephanie! While their sailing stories began separately, they are now strongly intertwined.   Stephanie grew up on…

Sailing Story: JT Quinn

Sailing Stories: JT Quinn   It’s common for many sailing stories to start in childhood— but that’s not when JT Quinn’s love of sailing was born.    “Most people say they grew up on the water,” he explained. “But I am a Colorado mountain boy so sailing wasn’t something I was around until college years.”…

3 Friends become Sailors at Sea

Captain’s Log: On Sunday Paul, Tim, and Al boarded Speculation at Crown Bay Marina around 5 pm. All 3 students were old friends and had the goal of becoming proficient with the catamaran to take their families out on a bareboat charter. Solo sail handling & maneuvering were chief objectives. We focused on the electronic…

Smithers and Chip always had a goal to sail, and earn their captain’s license.

Captain’s log: The crew’s goal of the weeklong course was to have the skills and confidence to be able to charter a 40-50’ catamaran bareboat in the future with friends. On Sunday both students expressed their enthusiasm about learning to sail and how this adventure related to past “adventure trips” they’ve taken together, including bull riding trips…

Nick moves to St Thomas and Mark becomes an ASA Instructor

Captain’s log: On Sunday Mark and Nick came aboard around 5 pm. We started off with a couple painkillers and a light appetizer. We had a nice introduction, discussed sailing goals, discussed locations, and sailing experience. Mark is long time student and wanted to earn Sailing Instructor Certifications. Nick having a new idea in life…

Cruising Couple Lucas and Ashley take the helm as Captains

Captain’s log: On Sunday Lucas and Ashely came aboard around 5 pm. We started off with a couple painkillers and a light appetizer. We had a nice introduction, discussed sailing goals, discussed locations, and sailing experience. Lucas and Ashley have been on several sailing cruises in the Virgin Islands and Belize with a Captain and…