We have very
extensive hands-on experience as owner/operators. You can go to larger
schools with absentee owners who don't 't teach classes and don't directly
supervise and interact with students. Or, you can go to a boutique
school such as ours, which makes all the difference.
hightlights of our family's experience
achievements in the industry...
Almost 20 years direct, hands-on experience
with our first school
Consultants to other schools in between our
Modernized sailing school fleets from the
thoroughbred but very awkward Soling to more appropriate teaching designs
such as J-24 (which didn't work out as well as we'd hoped for basic instruction),
Sonar, Merit 25, and the Beneteau First 21.0.
Major teaching innovations such as "Slalom"
/ "Obstacle" buoy training courses
Heavily Involved with national sail training
standards since this began in the United States with the birth of the American
First recipients of ASA School of the Year
Award; repeated 3 more times
Only New York school in the Sunsail Sailing
School Network (Sunsail is the world's largest charter company with over
750 yachts in 37 locations)
First New York school to earn a Gold Star
(now Green Dot) rating from ASA for having independent Vessel Safety Checks
done on its fleet. In fact, we were the only one until 2009!
Glenn F. Card, Jr: ASA Certified
Instructor up through Advanced Coastal Crusing Standard (Oct. '83). ASA
Instructor Evaluator up through Basic Coastal Cruising. U.S. Coast
Guard Master's License.
Stephen Glenn Card: ASA Certified
Instructor since 1983; upgraded to include 203, 204 and 205 (Basic Cruising,
Bareboat Charter, and Coastal Navigation Instructor Certifications).
Radar Instructor endorsement pending. U.S. Coast Guard 50-ton Master's
License, Near Coastal, with endorsements for Auxiliary Sail vessels, Commercial
Assistance Towing, and as Master Radar Observer - Unlimited. Captain
Card is the author of Navigation for Numbskulls, a thorough
text book on coastal navigation with practice problems.
Glenn & Stephen Card paid their dues
many times over in both one-design and handicap sailboat racing.
Classes include the Dyer Dhow (heavily used for "frostbite" racing in the
winter), Laser, Soling, Sonar, Shields, J-24 and Merit 25, as well as numerous
racer-cruisers. Both of the Cards participated regularly in regattas
from the local level on up to some East Coast, National and North American
championships, and picked up their share of silver along the way.
Currently, Steve keeps active in racing
in the competitive Division IV of the EBYRA (Eastchester Bay Yacht Racing
Association), which is organized by four of City Island's yacht clubs but
open to all competitors. The Wednesday Night series can draw upwards
of 60 boats on a good evening. It used to have a one-design start
for J-24's, but they moved to Monday nights and organize their own racing
Steve also participates in local and regional
yacht deliveries, and our destination trips in the British Virgin Islands,
Greece, and other areas.