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All our sailing instructors are US Sailing Level 1, CPR, and First Aid certified. They come highly recommended with a great track record of experience for hands-on instruction.


Program Director : Sasha Sakharov


Although a relatively new face around the Fleet in recent years, Sasha has grown up
spending his summers in Northeast Harbor and recalls some of his first days on the
waters of MDI racing with his mother, Susan Thompson, in parent-child races aboard
their Mercury, Cowabunga.

Sasha studies overseas at the University of St Andrews and is in his second year,
pursuing a degree in English and Philosophy. He is a member of the University’s
Yacht Team and sails everything from Hunter 707’s in the Firth of Forth to Beneteau
F40’s in the Solent. In the summer months, however, you’ll find him racing in the IOD
and Cruising Class series.

As Head Instructor for the Learn to Sail program in summer 2018, Sasha developed
a passion for coaching sailing and is eager to continue demonstrating his love for
teaching and sailing as Director of the Northeast Harbor Sailing School this year.


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