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Black Rock Sailing School

Instructor Bios

We have always sacrificed growth for high standards, and waiting to hire only the BEST instructor candidates, while keeping our teaching staff small and well versed has been paying great dividends.  Three of our four full-time instructors have consistently earned national recognition from the American Sailing Association.  Considering that there are over two thousand active ASA instructors world-wide, this places our two "ASA Outstanding Instructors" in the top 1.5% of their peers, based on independent customer reviews! 

Our full-time staff teach an average of two 3-day courses per week between May and October, and then they continue to develop their teaching skills by working as college professors, or teaching sailing in the Virgin Islands and Bahamas all winter long.

Many schools have 10 - 15 instructors who are 1099'ed and only teach one or two classes per month! Instructors need constant practice to stay on top of their game.  Even if their part-time instructors have been ASA certified for ten years, they have most likely only taught the number of classes that our staff teaches in ONE summer!

 

BRENTON LOCHRIDGE

Captain Brenton Lochridge is a lifelong boater who grew up power-cruising the Chesapeake Bay aboard his family’s 38ft Hatteras.  At the age of seven, Brenton was sent to sailing camp and discovered a passion that would consume him ever since; growing…

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PAUL SULLIVAN

Paul grew up sailing around Salem Sound in Massachusetts and has an extensive background in youth sailing instruction. He lived aboard his family’s Catalina for a few summers and acquired a taste for the cruising life. In 2011, Brenton saw something he liked…

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Edward Herlihy

After spending over 20 years in the corporate world, Ed knew that he needed a change. He signed up for lessons with his step-son in order to connect and introduce him to sailing.  Ed was hooked, and he soon found…

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JAMES WADDELL

James Wadell’s bio coming soon!

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ALLEN CLARK

Allen has been working with Brenton on and off since 1993. Having taught sailing his entire working life, he has taught at both US Sailing and ASA schools over the years. He holds his USCG 100T Master License and ASA instructor…

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NICK RINGROSE

Nick was born in the USA and raised in England where he was educated at Gordonstoun School in Scotland – the world’s original Outward-Bound School. He has always had an undying passion for doing the unordinary and making it his…

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JAMES ASHTON

James Ashton’s bio will be coming soon!

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