Instructors


Capt. Joan Lappin

Captain Joan LappinCapt. Joan Lappin started out canoeing down the Allegheny River as a teenager on 4 and 5 day trips through the Oil City rapids. She has been sailing since 1970 and has owned boats ranging in size from 12' daysailers to Joie de Vivre, a 36 foot racer/cruiser. She has captained 50' boats in the British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, Anguilla and St. Barts. Her blue water experience includes sailing in the Grenadines and from Martinique to Guadeloupe. She has spent a week cruising and exploring along the south coast of Turkey. In 2007 she was part of a NYYC expedition to Greenland on a Russian Icebreaker during which the ship crossed the 80th parallel, the line demarking the Arctic Circle. In 2008, she spent two weeks on a rafting trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. She loves being on the water and is an adventurer who enjoys new experiences. Joan has attended J World Sailing School, USCG Auxiliary courses in safe boating, navigation, seamanship, and weather; and the Hayden Planetarium in navigation and piloting. She has cruised in the Joie de Vivre from New York's City Island to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket as well as offshore from Nantucket to Maine. She is  a member of the Seamanship Committee of the New York Yacht Cluband for several years was Seamanship Chair of The Corinthians, a virtual sailing club with fleets from Marblehead to Annapolis.  Capt. Lappin thinks continuing education for sailors is vital to their safety on the water. No matter how long you have been sailing, there is always more to learn. She is a charter member (#2) of the Manhattan Sailing Club since its inception in New York Harbor in 1987 and a member of the cruising committee of the Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport RI. She is also a member of Eastern LI Yacht Racing Assn., Peconic Bay Sailing Assn. and a member of the USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 5-10 in NYC.. Joan is a certified ASA instructor in Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising, Docking, and Bareboat Chartering. She holds a 100 ton USCG Master Mariners license for inland and coastal waters with a sailing endorsement.

Capt. Bert Cohen

Captain Bert CohenCapt. Bert has been a water rat all his life and has been into boating and water activities for as long as he can remember. Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y, Bert's introduction to sailing came as a teenager on beach catamarans off the Jersey Shore. He has since cruised on boats of all sizes, both locally and in blue water situations, including trips from the East Coast to Bermuda and the Bahamas. He is a seasoned delivery captain who can help you to sail your own boat with more skill and confidence. He also holds ASA student certifications in Marine Weather and Radar Operation. So whether you are new to sailing and just want to learn the basics, or are ready to step it up to the next level, Capt. Bert will be delighted to share his love of sailing with you! Bert is also a member of Flotilla 5-10. Bert holds ASA Instructor Certifications in Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Chartering, and Docking, He has a USCG 100 Ton Master Mariners License for Near Coastal Waters with Sailing and Towing Endorsements He is a NY State and NJ State Certified Boating Safety Instructor. Bert is also proficient to help you master your power boat with: single screw, double screw, inboard/outboard and larger outboard engines.