we have a picture to share! Here is a photo of Capts.
Nick and Mike 'back in the day' before that dream of
throwing off the bowlines and pulling away from safe
harbor was just, well, just a dream. We've come a
long way, worked hard, sailed with a passion, and
made our dream a reality.
Thank you again for the
class last week. Here is a picture that my brother
got on Thursday near Pt Loma.
I am in the process of applying for the sea trial
membership at Southwestern. I just need to write-up
and submit my letter at this point.
Sporty sailing day off the coast of Spain. Got some
serious westerly action... third reef, no jib, and
we were seeing 12.5 kts over ground. Pretty intense.
Lots of good lessons learned!! The yacht week course
was great as well. Learned lots of the less
conventional mooring techniques. Currently sitting
tight in Cartagena till we find a lull in these 30
kt winds that'll take us to Ibiza. Thanks again!
Hi Nick and Mike,
You may not know but one of Gloria's and mine early
dates was taking your class for a week in San Diego.
We decided if we could live together in a cabin of a
26' mono for a week we could live together for the
rest of our life and now are happily married.
We have enjoyed sailing more than you can imagine.
Sailing in locations such as the NW San Juans around
Friday Harbor, BVI's, Leewards, Belize, Croatia,
Thailand, Tahiti, and many more to come.
We purchased a 40' Lagoon Cat which is docked in
Longbeach Ca. We are experiencing the "Real" joys of
I must admit you have changed our lives.
Class of 2004
Argan & Gloria Johnson
Park City UT
S/V Mai Tai
It has been quite some time since we took lessons
with you. Since our graduation we have bare-boated
in the BVI a number of times. We purchased a 1993
Hunter 33.5 and sail the east coast from Virginia to
points South. Currently we reside in New Mexico (how
we ended up here is another story) and our boat is
on the hard at a marina in the Chesapeake. We lived
aboard her for two months and very rarely went in,
it was great due to the fact our training base was
excellent. Once again Capt. Nick thanks from Judy
and I for your excellent program. I have attached a
photo of us under full sail in the Chesapeake.
I was recently in San Diego and wanted to stop by to
say hi but, I was there only for two days. However,
I wanted to share some pictures sailing with my wife
and family!! We have had very special moments and
lots of fun thanks to SDSA!!!
Have a nice weekend!!
San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
Dear Nick and Mike,
I only just now saw your email. We bought an
Outremer 49 in 2012. We named it BOB because 1. we
wanted a short name--Elainium was problematic and 2.
we remembered Mike saying "Bob's your uncle" when we
were on the SD Bay and all was good.
We picked it up in France in September, 2012, sailed
the med a bit then crossed the Atlantic arriving St.
Lucia in December. We sailed the eastern Caribbean
after that, going as far as Carriacou. BOB summered
in Rhode Island, where she was struck by lightning,
frying all the electronics. Once we got all that
fixed Peter sailed her to Bermuda in October.
We began this last cruising season in November and
sailed south to Grenada, west to Curaçao, north to
Puerto Rico, then to Saba, Statia and through the
eastern Carib. We left the boat in Bonaire just last
week. We love the cat and the carib!
Thanks for reaching out,
Elaine and Peter Simon
Since we did our 5 day 101,3,4 with you (remember we
irritated the USN and their sub base) we have
purchased and fixed up two boats an O'Day 22 and now
a Laguna 26 (Vesper). Taken our 105,6 while night
sailing across the "Stream" Fla to Bimini's.
Chartered 10 days out of La Paz, MX in Sea of Cortez
and are about a year from selling our home and
buying an Island a Packet 38 to cruise into
retirement. Thanks for the kick start on our dream.
Dean and Kim Martin.
Nick and Mike,
I am currently in the BVI, sailing a Beneteau 40 I
purchased in 2011. I
have attached a pic taken from a kite flown from the
cockpit. Thanks to your
excellent training I felt secure to go ahead with
the cruising lifestyle.
Hello Capt.'s Mike and Nick:
You probably don't remember us, but my wife Debbie
and I (Gary Honeycutt)
took basic sailing lessons from you back in Nov. of
2006. Since then we
have owned a 42' Manta cat, which we sailed for 10
months from Tridad up
through all of the windward islands and the first
couple of Leeward islands.
We also have a 37 ' Beneteau in the Moorings program
located at Marsh
Harbor, Bahamas and a 27' trailerable 1973 Balboa,
which we dock
periodically and sail to Catalina from Dana Point.
We have sailed a whole bunch of nautical miles since
you taught us the
basics and I can assure you we have learned a whole
lot more through the
experiences we have had on the water since. In
addition, we have sailed in
Tahiti, Croatia, St. Marteen, Belize, all over the
Islands and will be leaving soon to celebrate our
40th Anniversary by
sailing for three weeks in Greece. We plan to sail
along the coast of
Turkey next year and return to the Bahamas several
times, which we really
love. We sailed over 500 mile on our last visit.
I just wanted to respond and let you know that you
did a great job of laying
a foundation for many subsequent years of wonderful
sailing experiences. We
have had a few "exciting" challenges along the way,
but like life in general
they have served to make us better sailors. Feel
free to use my feedback to
convince novice sailors that they will benefit
greatly by getting a solid
foundation on the basics of sailing as well as the
systems found on most
boats before they head out on their own. Also, we
have had to present our
training docs in many of the foreign countries, so
your classes were a basic
requirement to sail their waters.
As Capt. Ron said, "If it's going to happen, it's
going to happen out there"
and I will say in retrospect that he was right and
the better prepared one
is to deal with the unexpected the better off they
Anyway, thanks again for getting us off to a good
start with our sailing
career. We have seen many beautiful places and had
experiences as a result.
Gary and Deb Honeycutt, class of 2006
Bruce and I just returned from Palmetto, Florida
after spending a week and
more money on our Island Packet Estero that we
bought last year. It has been
a great adventure, not enough miles yet but we're
getting there. We're also
logging time on our friends' Hylas with another
invitation to join them
sailing this summer in the Grenadines with Steve
Moore (SDSA alum who told
us about you) and his wife. You're both on board
with us every time we sail,
thanks again! And every time we're visiting my mom
in Coronado we keep an
eye out for Swellbound!
Lisa and Bruce
Park City, Utah
Nick and Mike,
It was nice to get your email today. It brings up
great memories and makes
Peg and I think about how amazing the last few years
have been since you
taught us to sail. We sail now every year somewhere
in the world. Thursday
we will leave for two weeks in the Grenadines! I
can't imagine now a life
without sailing. It is the thing we look forward to
the most every year.
Thanks for helping to make that happen.
Mark and Peg
Lorraine and I
completed an 8-day cruise of the BVI chartering a
48-foot catamaran with a crew of 7. Mike--your
suggestion to spend an extra
day at the Bitter End worked just great for us.
We'll send you some pics in
a future mailing. All the best to you and Prof.