Instructors / Captains
Captains/ ASA Instructors

Captain 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 lived aboard 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, Celestial Navigation (advanced), Basic Celestial Navigation and Docking Endorsement. Capt. Lucy is also available for private lessons. 

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 Terry Grover started sailing with his family at 8 years old on Lake Grapevine near Dallas, Texas.  Captain Terry holds a 50 ton Masters License from the US Coast Guard and is certified to teach Basic Keelboat, Basic and Advanced Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Chartering, and Navigation. He also holds a specialty Docking Instructor endorsement from the American Sailing Association. In 2016, Terry captained a 54' Jenneau Sun Odessy monohull as part of the annual South Coast Sailing BVI Flotilla. Just this past summer he helped deliver a catamaran from the BVIs back here to Kemah!

Captain Michael Glass grew up sailing on Corpus Christi Bay. Throughout a 25 year career in the US Navy, when not driving ships, sailed at every convenience! After retiring from the Navy, and no longer content to be confined to the Deep East Texas woods, Captain Michael returned to his love of sailing! USCG Licensed Captain, ASA Certified instructor, Experienced Delivery and Charter Captain, Captain Michael truly enjoys sharing his love of the water and of sailing.

Captain David Damm, “Cap’n Dave” is a US Coast Guard licensed captain, ASA Sailing instructor, and a charter and delivery captain. A full time “live-aboard” sailor, Captain Dave loves being on the water and sharing the experience with others through teaching.  Certified to instruct the ASA’s 101-Basic Keelboat, 103-Coastal Cruising, 104-Bareboat Chartering and 118 Docking, he is also available for private instruction. When not sailing, he enjoys skydiving and is a licensed pilot.

Captain Octavio Frisoli  is a young USCG Licensed Captain and an ASA Certified Instructor. He has been sailing and racing for over 9 years. He started his sailing career in Venezuela, where he fell in love with the sport. Previously taught kids how to sail. Currently Capt. Octavio is certified to teach Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Chartering, Docking endorsement and Catamaran Certifications. He loves to race and that's what keeps him sailing. Capt. Octavio 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 2010He 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 C.D. won ASA's Outstanding Instructor Award in 2013.


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Latitude: 29° 32.6 min N
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