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Black Rock Sailing School

Edward Herlihy

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 that sailing was a great way to escape from the dog-eat-dog world of high tech sales and corporate training.

In order to gain more time and experience on boats, he joined a sailing club in Boston, and in 2010 Ed bought his first sailboat, a 35′ O’day sloop.  Ed quickly learned to repair and rebuild all of the systems of a cruising sailboat. Thanks to his high-tech background, he understands how to network the various devices into an integrated system.

After buying his boat, Ed taught several members of his sailing club many of the differences between sailing small boats, and confidently handling a cruising boat. “I find it more personally rewarding to show someone that they can cruise in a sailboat, than I did in closing a large deal.”

He and his family have grown to enjoy the sense of independence, freedom and adventure that go hand in hand with sailing.  In 2013 Ed left the high-tech world completely, and has since become a USCG Certified Captain, Sailing Instructor, and ABYC Certified Marine Technician.

Since 2013, Ed taught basic sailing, basic and advanced cruising, navigation, docking, diesel, boat systems, and boat electrical at a Rhode Island based sailing school before joining Black Rock’s team in 2017.

Ed has also taught for Offshore Sailing School in Ft. Myers, FL during the winter season.

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