St Petes Florida Sailing Instructor Wayne Cook

Meet Sailing Instructor Wayne Cook

My mission is to guide you through the exhilarating world of sailing, ensuring a delightful and educational experience.

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I started sailing when I was 10 years old with my uncle on Lake Ponchartrain in New Orleans. It was then I realized my passion for sailing. Forty years later I finally took a Formal Sailing Class. I thought I knew a lot, and I did, but did not realize how much I did not know

Keelboats -or- Catamarans?

Keelboats

Local Sailing -or- Coastal/Charter Vacations -or- Deep Blue?

Coastal / Excursions

What’s your “Style” of sailing?

Cruiser (chill)

What got you into sailing?

Learning to sail on my uncle’s racing sailboat

What does sailing do (or has done) for you?

It is a great way to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of life.

Most memorable sailing experience?

Taking classes with my wife and then sailing with her in the BVI

What are a couple of your favorite sailing spots?

BVI number 1 and then Tampa Bay, FL

What’s your favorite part about teaching sailors?

Seeing the excitement in students when they perfectly execute a new task

What advice would you give a new student about sailing?  An experienced sailor?

New students: Keep your enthusiasm and excitement while learning. It is an ongoing process
Experienced sailors: There is always something to learn from anyone

What is a random fact about yourself?

I am very calm in catastrophes

What’s on your sailing ‘bucket list’?

Living on a sailboat full time

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My vision for NauticEd is to provide the highest quality sailing and boating education available - and deliver competence wherever sailors live and go.
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