Cap’n Michael is the owner of East Carolina Sailing and Boat Bumz. He holds a USCG Master’s license with Sailing Endorsement and has been on and around boats all his life. He has spent the last few years sailing the sounds of North Carolina, Chesapeake Bay and the Caribbean. Since October of 2010 he has logged more than 10,000 miles and spent more than 400 days at sea. Delivering boats from Maine to Tortola and playing Charter Captain from New Jersey to Key Largo, on sailboats ranging from a 31′ sloop to a 72′ ketch. He is an ASA and US Sailing Certified Instructor and is dedicated to teaching you the art of sail.
In his former life he was the Technology Director for a public school system in North Carolina and has spent 20 years teaching adults. This experience allows him to tailor lessons to each individual student’s needs and his laid back style and patience ensures you will learn how to sail while having a fun and safe time on the water.
When he’s in North Carolina he lives on his boat which is currently in port in New Bern, NC. A cruiser at heart, he is working on plans to extend East Carolina Sailing’s season into the winter by relocating the school to the tropics when it turns cold. Follow his adventures at Boat Bumz.
Capt. Laurie holds a USCG 100-ton Master of Inland Waters license with Sail and Towing endorsements. She is certified through the American Sailing Association to teach basic keelboat, cruising and bareboating along with the coastal navigation classes. In 2006 Laurie left the accounting field and has been wandering around on other people’s boats ever since. She spent the winters of 2006 and 2007 in the Bahamas cruising. After that she worked as a cook and stew on a 65’ motor yacht traveling from Bar Harbor, Maine, to Marco Island, Florida. In 2008 Laurie captained a 47’ Gulfstar Sailmaster out of Andros Island taking middle school, high school and college students cruising for a week at a time while they studied ecosystems and marine biology. Laurie discovered Oriental, North Carolina, in 2010 and has taught kids ages 6-14 to sail at summer camp as well as adults in ASA courses. She learned to sail on Lake Erie and vividly remembers the joy and exhilaration of holding her first tiller at age six. She loves sharing her passion for sailing with others and looks forward to working with you.
Captain Rick is a sailor born and raised in the high desert of southern Idaho and it was there he learned to sail clear mountain lakes. A career in financial services and mortgage banking led to the founding of his own mortgage company and it proved successful. In fact, that success culminated with him being named a Lifetime Member in the 1999 edition of Who’s Who. He branched into real estate development and settled in with his wife, Darci, to raise their children…content with weekend sailing adventures and dreaming of cruising.
He celebrated the success of that year by taking an old friend up on an offer to bring the family and cruise the Sea of Cortez…which they did. Life has never been the same. Two months later, he had sold almost everything, bought a 54′ Ketch renamed Tea Leaves (a story in itself), did a refit, and sailed away with their four teenage children. The next decade was to permanently affect and change every member of the family in almost every facet of their lives.
Since that time, Rick has obtained and holds an active United States Coast Guard Master Captain’s License with power, steam, sail, and STCW endorsements. He is a certified diver and an American Sailing Association certified instructor. In addition, he holds an FCC radio operator’s license, call sign KD7PRE.
He has sailed extensively in the Sea of Cortez, both coasts of the US and has worked on the east US coast in the tugboat industry as a deckhand and has trained as a relief skipper, delivered boats in Mexico and the USA….and of course, teaches sailing whenever he has someone to listen.
As for the kids? Well, there are three girls and a boy and they grew up..and Rick really needs to downsize boats.
But for those who wonder about home schooling while cruising, we should give a report. Two of the girls received Congressional appointments to the United States Merchant Marine Academy..one graduated and is an officer with the Coast Guard and one is in her junior year and will be serving as a deck cadet on a container ship this year (if interested, come by the office and we’ll find out where she is so you can steer clear in your travels), one is a member of the Air Force serving in Washington DC and the boy is attending university in hopes of becoming a teacher. So, as most things usually do, it worked out.
Captain Rick’s background makes him uniquely qualified to help you learn to sail, choose the right boat for you, or even make the transition to a cruising lifestyle.
When he’s not messing with boats, he can be heard playing his fiddle, mandolin or harmonica..
Captain Laurel has over 20 years of experience aboard sailboats and tall ships. Besides her sail instructor certification, she holds a US Coast Guard license for 100-ton Master with Auxiliary Sail endorsement. She grew up aboard a Herreshoff -design ketch, instead of living in a house, and her family sailed the waters off British Columbia and Washington State. Since then, Laurel has sailed, raced, and done charter tours as deckhand, bosun, instructor, mate and captain aboard sailboats and tall ships on several seas. Though happy imparting knowledge of marlinspike seamanship, and telling sailors yarns, what she loves most is sharing her passion for sailing!