We have been teaching sailing and renting sailboats since 1997 and each year has seen steady improvements over previous years. In that time, we have taught many adult beginners who have gone on to buy their own boats and many who return to rent boats.
We have also provided captains and instructors for beginning sailors who simply want someone else to sail while they enjoy the bays and harbors of the Twin Forks and the Hamptons. Whether a bareboat sunset cruise or a weeklong trip to Block Island with a captain, we try to make the experience of renting a boat from us, as comfortable and rewarding as possible.
In 2006 we added kayaking rentals and fly fishing instruction and charters to our list of services. We also opened our retail store selling snacks and drinks, ice, bait, clothing and fishing gear. In 2006 we also updated our logo to reflect the wide range of services offered.
In 2007 we were named an Outstanding Sailing School of the Year by the American Sailing Association. Our head instructor and co-owner Mark Tompkins was also named an Outstanding Instructor of the Year for which he was chosen from among thousands of instructors.
In 2008 we purchased a beautiful ensign that had been cared for on Lake George and is in fantastic shape. In 2008 we added a 27' Catalina sloop to our fleet, updated a number of outboard engines to 4-stroke for cleaner more efficient power and we bought new Genoas for two of the roller furling boats.
In 2009 we sold the old Boston Whaler and bought a 21 foot Parker with a 150 hp outboard engine. Its great as a launch and we use it for fishing charters as well. It was also the year we joined forces with the Ross School Summer Camp and introduced the very popular young peoples sailing program.
In 2010 we added Coastal Navigation (ASA 105) to Coastal Cruising (ASA103) and Bareboat Charters (ASA104). These courses continue to provide opportunities for our Basic Keelboat students to advance in their education and to avail themselves of charters in the off season. Also in 2010 our own "sailing camp' was rolled into the Ross Summer Camp. Parents may now book summer programs through Ross.
In 2011 we bought and are in the process of refurbishing two more Ensigns, Lysander and Daisy. We gave Consuela's salon a new set of cushions and Jacomo a new TackTick instrument cluster! Wireless transmission of apparent and true wind speed and direction as well as boat speed, water depth and temp are featured.
In August of 2013 we bought two more brand new stand up paddle boards brining our total to five. Stephen German, our store manager, has years of SUP instructor experience which he will pass along to all interested customers. As usual we purchased two more four horsepower engines to keep up with the fleet we'll equipped.
2014 promises to be a great year and once again we are going through the fleet boat by boat to refinish bright work and maintain hardware and sail inventory.
Our philosophy is to simply provide the most thorough service we can, while lending our extensive experience to our students and customers. Our mission is to spare our customers the expense and time consumption usually associated with boat ownership while adding the convenience of having access to the water at anytime.