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Marblehead Lighhouse, From Fort Sewall - Satori Sailing - Sailing School and Private Charters in Marblehead - Boston Area


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



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.


  • Licensed Captain, USCG OUPV since 2009

  • Level V Bareboat Charter Master Rank Chief Instructor/Assessor

  • SLC Instructor/Assessor

  • US Sailing, Basic Keelboat Certified Instructor

  • 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

Capt. Jim Waddell - Formerly Black Rock Sailing School, Boston, MA


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!


  • Nauticed Level V Captain Rank Chief Instructor/Assessor, SLC Instructor/Assessor

  • USCG 50 Ton Masters License

  • 40 years of teaching experience

  • Native of the North Shore with great local knowledge



Graham has been sailing for 50 years, growing up dinghy racing in Boston in the UK as a young Boy Scout. Through his career in technology, he has lived and sailed (both cruised and raced) in Europe, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the Caribbean and the US. For the last 10 years he has delivered boats north and south from New England to the Caribbean and has thousands of miles of offshore experience on different boats, in all kinds of weather conditions. He races on Ursa, an Express 37, out of Jubilee Yacht Club Beverly and was part of the winning crew of the 2023 Marblehead to Halifax offshore race, when Ursa won first in class and first in the PHRF fleet. He also races on Terrapin Station, a Frere’s 30 out of Kittery Point Yacht Club in Portsmouth and was part of the winning crew of the 2023 seasons PSA Commodores Cup.


  • Commercially endorsed RYA Yachtmaster offshore

  • STCW 10 safety at sea

  • VHF and Radar operator’s license

  • Certified ASA Instructor for the following courses:

  •  ASA 101 Basic Keelboat

  • ASA 102 Advanced Keelboat

  • ASA 103 Coastal Cruising

  • ASA 104 Bareboat Chartering

  • ASA 105 Coastal Navigation

  • ASA 106 Advanced Coastal Cruising

  • ASA 111 Sailing Review

  • ASA 114 Catamaran Cruising

  • ASA 118 Docking Endorsement

He also teaches:

  • o   Marine Diesel engine basics

  • o   Marine Electrical systems

  • o   Marine Electronics and networking basics

  • o   Winterization and Commissioning

  • o   Weather basics

Capt. Ed Gunning - Formerly ASA Instructor


Captain Ed has spent most of his life aboard recreational boats and as a career naval aviator.  After retiring from the Navy, he taught high school on Broad Street in Philadelphia and Washington Heights in Manhattan.  Ed has been teaching sailing in Newport and Manhattan for more than a decade.  He has sailed and raced on an array of boats from Norfolk to Newport and the San Juan Islands in Washington State.


Ed is a licensed Captain and certified sailing instructor who cherishes the opportunity to share the redemptive and rejuvenating qualities of harnessing the power of the wind and escaping on the water.


  • Licensed Captain, USCG OUPV

  • Naval Station Newport Basic Keelboat Instructor since 2011

  • US Sailing, ASA, and NauticEd Basic Keelboat Certified Instructor

  • BS United States Naval Academy, MA Naval Post Graduate School, and MA CCNY

Capt. Mistral - Women's Sailing Programs


Hey there! I'm Mistral, a USCG Licensed Captain who's been sailing through life since day one. Growing up on a homemade sailboat, I learned the ropes of independence and resilience. I was fortunate to experience being homeschooled as we traveled the coastline from Maine to Florida and then down into the British Virgin Islands.

In my mid-twenties, I helped start an organization called New England Science & Sailing. We combined sailing and marine science into a fun, engaging, and experiential learning experience for adults and kids. Getting young girls and women onto the water quickly became a passion of mine when I realized how few people truly had access to and a connection with the ocean.

I am passionate about the ocean and I am passionate about creating life-changing experiences on the water. Life is a beautiful place, but if you haven’t experienced the wind through your hair as you glide across the water, now is the time to check that off your bucket list!

See you out on the water!



  • Licensed Captain, USCG OUPV 50 ton since 2010)

  • US Sailing, Level 3

  • ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising Certification

  • US Sailing Powerboating Instruction

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

Valerio Marra - US Sailing Instructor


Valerio, an avid sailor with a passion for demystifying sailboat design, has been focused on breaking down the complex relationship between design, function, and performance. His expertise culminated in the creation of "The Physics of Yacht Design" seminar series at Courageous Sailing, skillfully elucidating yacht design's core aspects and underlying physics principles. A passionate educator, Valerio excels in teaching performance sailing to intermediate and advanced sailors, focusing on speed, balance, and safety. He has a particular affinity for the J/80 sailboat.


Valerio's teaching experience spans various classes at Courageous Sailing Center and through private sessions, under the auspices of US Sailing and NauticEd.

His certifications include Basic Keelboat Instructor, BKI Performance Sailing, BKI Performance with Spinnaker, and Coastal Navigation from US Sailing, along with Level IV Captain Rank, Qualified Instructor/Assessor, American National Standards Instructor/Assessor, and SLC Instructor/Assessor from NauticEd. Valerio also holds the following international sailing licenses: RYA ICC, US Sailing IPC, and NauticEd SLC.


Valerio is a committed volunteer, frequently serving as a skipper in adaptive sailing programs. His academic background includes a PhD in Fluid Machines and Energy Systems Engineering, and an MSc in Nuclear Engineering with a specialization in Numerical Methods for Computational Fluid Dynamics.


  • Nauticed, Certified Instructor, Level IV Qualified Instructor/Assessor 

  • US Sailing Certified Basic Keelboat, Performance Sailing, Coastal Navigation

  • International Sailing Licenses: RYA ICC, US Sailing IPC and Nauticed SLC

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