Our Staff
Captains/ ASA Instructors

Capt. Ralph Lamb is a USCG licensed captain and an ASA-certified sailing instructor. Ralph won ASA's Outstanding Instructor Award in both 2003 AND 2008, and is one of the most knowledgeable sailors on the Gulf Coast. He really enjoys helping sailors new and old get the most from their sailing experience. Years in the yacht brokerage and delivery business have given Ralph a real appreciation for what fun and excitement sailing can provide. Capt. Ralph is certified to teach Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Chartering, Coastal Navigation, Catamaran/Multihull Cruising. Capt. Ralph is also available for private lessons.

Captain Lucy Newman is a USCG Licensed captain and an ASA certified Instructor. She has been sailing and racing for over 30 years. Lucy learned how to sail as a youngster on inland lakes and the Atlantic Ocean on the Southeastern seaboard. As an adult she has owned various sailboats and sailed on the Great Lakes, Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean, The Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean. She has been a live-aboard on her own sloop for over ten years. She raced in the Charleston to Bermuda Race in 2003, Harvest Moon Regatta in 2006, Race to the Border in 2009, and several other offshore events. Her passion for sailing and years of experience have contributed to her earning the 2006 ASA "Outstanding Instructor" award. Captain Lucy is committed to her profession and will devote as much time as possible to help anyone who wants to learn how to harness the power of the wind. She is certified to teach Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Chartering, Coastal Navigation, Advanced Coastal Cruising, Catamaran / Multihull Cruising, and the Basic Celestial Navigation and Docking Endorsemnts. Capt. Lucy is also available for private lessons.

Captain Michael Clark is a USCG licensed captain and an ASA-certified sailing instructor. He is certified to teach Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Chartering, and Coastal Navigation. Capt. Michael won ASA's Outstanding Instructor Award in 2010. He was one of our lead instructors in our 2006 BVI Flotilla / Combo class. It is hard to get Capt. Michael to come back to the dock, because he loves to teach and loves to sail.

Captain C.D. Sharp is a USCG licensed captain and has been an ASA-certified sailing instructor for 16 years. Captain C.D. has participated in numerous regattas and is serious about his love for sailing. Captain C.D. is certified to teach Basic Keelboat, The Combination Course (Basic Coastal and Bareboat Chartering), Coastal Navigation, and Advanced Coastal Cruising.

Captain Rob Sherrill's sailing experience started 38 years ago. He changed to powerboating and then back to sailing heavily about 15 years ago. He currently holds 100T Master Captain for power and sailing vessels and is ASA certified up through coastal navigation (Advanced Coast Cruising and Radar Endorsement soon). He enjoys teaching and being out on the water because it keeps him sharp and he learns something new almost every time he goes out with students and fellow sailors.  Rob also enjoys racing, but is not "hard core", and has raced extensively in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the Galveston Bay. His ultimate goal is to retire, sail to the islands, and instruct when he needs some money to repair the boat or buy food or beverage.

Captain Ross Birdsong has raced and cruised sailboats since 1968.

Sailing experiences racing or deliveries of vessels, mono and multihulls, from 18’ to 72’ include: numerous Gulf crossings, the Bahamas from the Abacos to the Exhumas, Caribbean islands from Puerto Rico to Trinidad.
He holds ASA Keelboat Instructor ratings from Basic through Advanced Coastal Cruising and Coastal Navigation since 1994.
A professional mariner, Captain Ross has been captain and/or mate on commercial and private vessels to 165’. He holds a USCG 200 ton Master’s license and International STCW Certificate with endorsements for Sail, Towing, Unlimited Radar Observer/ARPA and Merchant Marine Documentation as Able Seaman-Special & Medical Person in Charge.  He holds FCC Marine Radio Operator and Global Maritime Distress Safety System licenses.
Captain Ross is a NAUI diver since 1968 and is a fire fighter/first responder with the Kemah Fire Department 

Captain Larry Rogers is a USCG licensed captain and an ASA certified instructor.  A former ship’s officer, he holds a license as Master of Steam, Motor, and Sailing Vessels upon Oceans.  Larry is the owner and captain of Sybaris (aka ‘the Love Boat’) and he especially enjoys having guests for romantic sunset cruises.  He is also the owner of a charter boat in the British Virgin Islands and has sailed and chartered in the Caribbean, Thailand and Tahiti.  Captain Rogers is certified to teach Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Chartering, and Coastal Navigation.
 

 Captain Bill McBride began sailing at age 6 on Chaumont Bay on the eastern end of Lake Ontario in Upstate New York. By the age of 12, he was racing as crew on 14-foot centerboard boats, and by the age of 14 was skippering as well. He spent his junior high and high school years on Galveston Bay in Texas, racing a Star at the Houston Yacht Club with his father. His first cruising boat experience was during a summer in his junior year of high school on a 28-foot sloop sailing with another 17-year-old friend on the Canadian side of Lake Ontario.

 After graduating from Tulane in New Orleans, he moved to Houston and purchased a 23-foot Corinthian (sloop) that he kept in Seabrook Shipyard Marina. In 1976 Bill went on his first bareboat charter to the British Virgin Islands with his wife and parents. That began his love of the cruising way of sailing. Since that initial BVI trip, he has chartered in Thailand, Australia, St. Vincent, the San Juan and Gulf Islands, and 15 more trips to the BVI. In 2005 he crewed on the delivery of a Beneteau 523 from Rota, Spain to the BVI. In 2011 Bill captained a   Beneteau 40 from Galveston to Key West.

 In 2000 Bill began annual trips to the BVI wiht his sons, brothers, nephews, and friends. The trip in May 2014 will mark his 16th charter in the BVI.

 Bill has lived in New York, Mississippi, Louisisana, Texas, California, Colorado, Australia, and Thailand. He now lives in the Woodlands with his wife, Sharon. Two of their four children live in the Houston area and the other two live in Austin.

 Bill has a USCG license and has been an ASA instructor for Basic Keelboat Sailing, Navigation, Bareboat Chartering, Basic Coastal Cruising, and Advanced Coastal Cruising since 2005.

 

 

 

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