Winds of Change

Hunter 27 S/V Why Knot II“To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.”  ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

One of my favorite quotes and one that was instrumental in my decision to quit my day job and follow my passion so many years ago.  It is time for me to make a change again, not quite as drastic as before, but a significant one none the less. A couple of months ago I was offered and I decided to accept a management position at another ASA sailing school in Key Largo, FL. I will take over as Manager of the American Sailing Academy and Morning Star Charters effective July 1st, 2016. East Carolina Sailing School will continue to operate in its current location in New Bern, NC and will be managed remotely from the Keys. Captains Dennis and Laurel will continue to teach in New Bern and keep an eye on the boats. This change will allow me to focus on the administrative and marketing sides of both schools.


There are some organizational changes going on behind the scenes to facilitate operating from a different state so bear with us as we dot the I’s and cross the T’s with state agencies, banks and insurance companies. Things haven’t gone as smoothly and as seamlessly as we would have liked but we are making progress and should have everything set up properly by July 1st. East Carolina Sailing School will continue offering quality sailing instruction, ASA certifications, free rental days and auditing opportunities.


On a personal note, we are excited about moving down to the Conch Republic. It’s been on my bucket list for quite awhile and Mandy has fallen in love with Key Largo. We will be returning to check on the school from time to time and Mandy’s family is in New Bern so our ties here are strong. I would also like to express my deepest gratitude for your patronage over the last 9 seasons and look forward to providing an even better overall experience as we move forward.


~ Captain Michael