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 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
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.
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
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.
Roller-furling sails for ease of handling
Marine head (Toilet)
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!
Find answers to frequently asked questions.
What's the best way to book a sail?
Send us an email through the inquire page or call us at 781-797-0433 and we'll be in touch within 24 hours.
What should I bring?
Is everything included in the price for all programs?
Yes. However, gratuities are much appreciated if you were very happy with your experience.
Where do we meet the boat?
We meet at Village Street Pier (with plenty of parking) and ride the launch out to the boat together.
Is Sail Satori affiliated with ASA or US Sailing?
Not at this time. It was a choice to wait on this affiliation. You will find our prices reflect a significant discount and you will receive the same quality of instruction. If you are simply looking to sail, you need not pay a premium for "certification" but can also "test out" to advance to higher level courses offered by other affiliated schools.