Our Award Winning Instructors




Captain Jennifer MacLean

Captain Jennifer MacLean is a certified ASA sailing instructor and currently holds a US Coast Guard 100-ton Near Coastal Master’s license with Sailing Endorsement. She has been working as a sailing educator and charter yacht captain since 1999. She has received the"Oustanding Sailing Instructor Award" by the American Sailing Association for 2009 and 2010.

She specializes in women’s, couples and youth sailing programs. She worked as a captain with the Boy Scouts of America for ten years in their live aboard sailing adventure program (Florida National High Adventure Sea Base) and has lived aboard her own boat for 12 years. She has been featured in different articles and magazines including Latitude and AttitudeLa Vie Claire, Waterfront News, Bearings and is also featured in a coffee table book called Women and the Sea.
Jenn has extensive coastal and blue-water sailing experience, including an Atlantic Ocean crossing in 2006. She has also sailed in the Chesapeake Bay, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Jenn is fluent in French, English, and Spanish and enjoys singing and playing guitar.

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Captain Jeff Riecks
Captain Jeff Riecks is a certified ASA instructor and currently holds a US Coast Guard 50-ton Near Coastal Master’s license with Sailing and Towing Endorsements. He has been working as a sailing educator and charter/private yacht captain since 2001. Prior to becoming a professional mariner Jeff spent many years in the corporate world as a mechanical engineer and manager in the government electronics, computers and information technology industries.
Jeff has taught basic, intermediate and advanced sailing and cruising to hundreds of adults and children and received the “2005 Outstanding Instructor” award from the American Sailing Association. In addition to sailing, Jeff enjoys playing acoustic guitar, reading, and working on electro-mechanical boat systems.

Bob and Ann Sailing the SunsetAnn Brainard and Bob Kruk each have more than 25 years of sailing experience. Over the past three years they have transitioned from mainstream business careers to the sailing lifestyle - allowing them to connect with nature and inspire people in positive ways. Ann and Bob especially enjoy sharing their passion for sailing with couples and families.

Captain Bob is a certified ASA instructor and currently holds a U.S. Coast Guard 50 Ton Masters License with Sailing Endorsement. Bob has been a small hardware business owner for 35 years and frequently applies his knowledge to marine industry projects. In addition to sailing, Bob enjoys hiking and rollerblading.

Captain Ann is a certified ASA instructor and currently holds a U.S. Coast Guard 50 Ton Masters License with Sailing Endorsement. Previously Ann was an educator for 30 years, teaching in public schools, colleges, and universities, as well as the corporate workplace. Ann appreciates the creative arts and loves all types of exercise, drawing, painting, and playing the piano.