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 from avid dinghy sailor to accomplished offshore racer and cruiser.
By age sixteen, Brenton was teaching sailing in Westport, CT at the largest community sailing program in the country. He spent his free time developing his big boat handling skills at the local yacht club and realized that he would spend his life on the water.
As a student at Maine Maritime Academy, Brenton received extensive training on a variety of sail and commercial powerboats up to 600 feet in length. As a freshman, he was asked to develop and administer sailing curriculum to all underclassman to meet their physical education requirement. He became a certified skipper in the school’s cruising program and was chosen to be the alternate helmsman/main-trim for the school’s offshore racing team.
While at the Academy, Brenton gained extensive local knowledge of waters from Maine to New York City and at age 19, he started his own private yacht delivery service between Cape Cod and Penobscot Bay; moving boats between these prime cruising grounds.
After school, Brenton continued his career as a US Sailing Instructor in Westport, CT, until taking an opportunity to move to the British Virgin Islands to sail year-round as a sailing instructor/school manager and freelance charter-boat captain in 1995.
In 1998, the Vice President of US Sailing asked Brenton to move up to Greenwich, CT to start a new community sailing program. Within the first week of operation, the school became the second largest junior sailing program on Long Island Sound, earning national recognition from US Sailing as the “Outstanding New Program, 1998.” Within a few years, this program would grow into one of the largest sailing programs in the North East.
During the off-season, Brenton delivered yachts of all makes, models, and sizes throughout New England, down the Eastern Seaboard, and offshore into the Caribbean. He taught boating safety courses most weekends and had a successful high school coaching career, helping a young team take top honors at the county and state level after a few seasons.
As Brenton’s reputation grew, additional opportunities arose. Brenton was asked to be featured in the US Sailing Small Boat Sailor online training videos and to be a guest speaker at US Sailing Symposiums. He has worked as a consultant to various community sailing programs throughout New England, and has been called upon by numerous yacht clubs to help create and administer special learn to sail/race programs. Brenton is also one of twelve coaches hired to help run the North U Race Week; a premier racing bootcamp held annually down in Captiva Island, FL, whenever his schedule allows.
Over the years, Brenton has been mentored by industry leaders from around the country, given the opportunity to interact with world-class instructors from around the globe, and has held senior management/instructional positions at award winning programs within the United States and abroad. He is currently American Sailing Association (ASA) Instructor Certified up to the Advanced Coastal Cruising (106) Level, and a USCG licensed captain.
Brenton moved to Marblehead, MA in 2005 to work as a yacht broker while providing instruction and yacht delivery services aboard privately owned vessels. He decided to live aboard his 45 foot ketch out of Boston Harbor from 2007 through 2008, before returning to Marblehead to settle. That experience was a wonderful opportunity to cruise from the Chesapeake Bay to New England in comfort, while learning all the ins-and-outs of modern boat systems and the nuances of living aboard year-round.
In 2008, Brenton founded Black Rock Sailing School. In it’s first five years of operation, BRSS was nationally recognized as ASA Outstanding School of the Year (every year that this award was offered), and Brenton was awarded ASA Outstanding Instructor in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015!
As soon as he has time, Brenton would like to become an ASA Instructor Evaluator (a person to trains new instructors) and help the American Sailing Association continue to thrive.