Sail Satori is a U.S. Sailing and NauticEd certified sailing school located in Massachusetts, offering lessons and private sailing charters.

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James Ashton - Sailing Instructor - U.S. Sailing and NauticEd certified sailing school located in Massachusetts

ABOUT CAPTAIN JAMES ASHTON

My lifelong passion for sailing began 40 years ago as a toddler on our family's 40' sloop on Long Island Sound. It was then I discovered my passion and natural aptitude for sailing. Throughout high school and college, I was a very competitive sailor, racing small one design boats and eventually competing on the national level.  After college, I was drawn to coastal cruising and long distance blue water sailing. I have been fortunate to sail throughout New England, as well as Australia, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean.  I have found there to be so many aspects to the sport and there is always something new to learn.

In 2011, after a 20 year career in the corporate world, I made the jump to being an entrepreneur which was also a time that I felt motivated to explore sailing professionally.  I obtained a US Coast Guard Captain's License and became certified by the American Sailing Association to teach  Basic Keelboat Sailing. As a part-time adult instructor, I became aware of my talent for teaching sailing. As a result, I have been teaching for eight years in New York City, Boston and more recently her on Boston's North Shore. In 2016, I was honored to be recognized as an Outstanding Sailing Instructor by the American Sailing Association (ranking in top 2% of instructors nationwide by customer ratings).

With Satori, my mission is to create affordable access to Salem Sound, to the sport of sailing and to the healing influence of the ocean.

I am so grateful to be living in a place like Marblehead and feel inspired to offer access to the water for residents and visitors who want to see this wonderful town from the sea. 

Summary of qualifications:

  • Licensed Captain, USCG OUPV since 2009

  • 2016 Outstanding Sailing Instructor, American Sailing Association

  • Adult teaching as an ASA Certified Instructor since 2011

  • Sailing for 40 years including dinghy, big boat racing, coastal and offshore cruising

Sail Satori is a U.S. Sailing and NauticEd certified sailing school located in Massachusetts, offering lessons and private sailing charters.
Sail Satori is a U.S. Sailing and NauticEd certified sailing school located in Massachusetts, offering lessons and private sailing charters.
Captian Jim Waddell - U.S. Sailing and NauticEd certified sailing school located in Massachusetts

ABOUT CAPTAIN JIM WADDELL

Captain Jim has over 40 years of teaching experience. Retiring after 36 years of teaching middle and high school students, and coaching soccer and skiing, Captain Jim currently teaches adaptive skiing in the winter and sailing in the summer. Growing up on the North Shore, he has been around the water all of his life. Captain Jim has extensive knowledge in all aspects of boating; small outboards, small sailboats, keelboats, coastal cruisers, canoes, kayaks, and Duck boats. He is an American Sailing Association Certified Sailing Instructor, Professional Ski Instructor of America certified level 2 Adaptive Instructor, former American canoeing Association white water Instructor and American Red

Cross Water Safety Instructor Trainer. Currently, USCG licensed 50 ton Master. Captain Jim loves to teach and loves to share the joy of sailing on Salem Sound with others!

Summary of qualifications:

  • USCG 50 Ton Masters License

  • 40 years of teaching experience

  • Native of the North Shore with great local knowledge

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ABOUT CAPTAIN SAM POLLARD

Captain Sam Pollard has been an avid sailor for 35 years.  He has owned several boats on which he's sailed up & down the East Coast many times, as well as to Bermuda, Bahamas, and Caribbean. Recently, Sam and his family completed a one-year cruise to the Caribbean aboard their 41' sailboat.

 

Sam holds a USCG 50 Ton Master's License and is currently a yacht broker with Sailboats Northeast in Marblehead, where he often provides his clients with hands-on training to help them learn their new boat.  Additionally Sam is a Yacht Delivery Skipper and delivers boats up & down the East Coast, providing him with extensive coastal passage making experience as well as a broad exposure to different types of boats and systems.

 

Sam currently owns a Shannon 38 sailboat and is a member of the Boston Yacht Club in Marblehead.  

Summary of qualifications:

  • USCG 50 ton Masters License

  • Extensive passage making experience

  • Highly experienced on running a large keelboat

Sail Satori is a U.S. Sailing and NauticEd certified sailing school located in Massachusetts, offering lessons and private sailing charters.

S/V SATORI

Satori is a Catalina Capri 22 (fin keel), which is a very popular design given its great of blend of performance, ease of handling, safety and comfort.  The Capri 22 is used by major sailing schools and clubs across the country for teaching, day sailing and racing around the buoys.

Satori is based out of West Shore of Marblehead.

The name Satori derives from a Buddhist term for sudden enlightenment.  Every time I step aboard Satori I feel more connected to my own true nature which I consider a similar experience to satori. 

Sail Satori is a U.S. Sailing and NauticEd certified sailing school located in Massachusetts, offering lessons and private sailing charters.
Sail Satori is a U.S. Sailing and NauticEd certified sailing school located in Massachusetts, offering lessons and private sailing charters.

MARLOW HUNTER 33

Sail Satori’s Marlow Hunter 33 strikes the perfect blend of performance, comfort and safety which makes it an ideal boat for both chartering and sailing lessons. With a spacious cockpit and cabin, Mashauwomok comfortably accommodates up to 6 adults with room to spare.

Amenities Include:

  • Roller-furling sails for ease of handling

  • Marine head (Toilet)

  • Ice-box

  • Auxiliary power from 27 HP Yanmar diesel

  • Swim platform with ladder off the stern

Mashauwomuk is kept at the dock in Hawthorne Cove Marine in Salem with plenty of parking!

Sail Satori is a U.S. Sailing and NauticEd certified sailing school located in Massachusetts, offering lessons and private sailing charters.
Sail Satori is a U.S. Sailing and NauticEd certified sailing school located in Massachusetts, offering lessons and private sailing charters.

S/V ARCADIA

Our flagship vessel is a J42 is the perfect blend of performance in comfort.

Considered by many as the “perfect cruising sailboat,” Arcadia offers a huge comfortable cockpit which will seat 6 adults comfortably.   As for performance, ARCADIA is exhilarating to sail while being safe and comfortable in most conditions.

Amenities Include:

  • 2 Heads (bathrooms)

  • Outdoor Shower

  • Bluetooth Stereo

  • Propane Grill

  • Swim ladder for post-sail dip!

Sail Satori is a U.S. Sailing and NauticEd certified sailing school located in Massachusetts, offering lessons and private sailing charters.
Sail Satori is a U.S. Sailing and NauticEd certified sailing school located in Massachusetts, offering lessons and private sailing charters.

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Sail Satori is a U.S. Sailing and NauticEd certified sailing school located in Massachusetts, offering lessons and private sailing charters.

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