our team

If we had to choose only ONE great attribute for the school – boats, locations, instructors – we’d go with the pros.  We have arguably the best boats, program and location, but it still takes a great instructor to bring it all together and make you a sailor.  They are the intangibles – and here are their traits:

  • Patience.  There’s a lot of repetition in sailing instruction…
  • Purpose.  They teach because they enjoy it.
  • Professionalism.  They balance careers, lifestyles, and credentials.

Allow us to introduce a few of the crew…

Our Director & ‘Dockmaster,’ Stephen Glenn Card (blue shirt), supervising some heavy-weather steering. Aboard our Pearson 10M in 25 + knots during a Start Bareboating course (ASA 104).
  • Extensive racing experience on sailing dinghies and keelboats
  • Lifelong cruiser
  • Holds US Coast Guard Masters License
  • ASA Certified Instructor through 205 level
  • Authored a book on Coastal Navigation
  • Certified Snowboard Instructor (PSIA/AASI Level I)
  • Graduate of SUNY College at Purchase (BA, Political Science/Economics);  High School of Music & Art (Regents Diploma)

Also known as head muckety-muck or HBIC (Head Bozo in Charge), Steve is the founder and owner of the school.  He followed in the footsteps of his father, Glenn F. Card, Jr. (who was also a licensed Captain), starting his own school 11 years after Glenn sold his.  Steve has a passion for taking newbies and making them skippers – and then taking them to the next level to pursue chartering and/or boat ownership, or even racing.

Steve used to be a very active racer, competing mostly in smaller one-design dinghies and keelboats ranging from Lasers to Solings.  He now favors chillaxin on performance cruisers locally and abroad.  His book on Coastal Navigation, Navigation for Numbskulls, got past the first round of consideration for publishing at a major house and is used for our Coastal Navigation course as well as offered for sale to the public.  He writes our eNewsletter, Tidings, including educational and informative articles, and for better or worse, constructed and wrote the content of newyorksailing.club (the cyber place you’re wasting a little time in right now!).

His favorite activity when not sailing?  Snowboarding!  Steve started this late in life after an adulthood of not skiing (let’s not count birthday candles here).  He became an instructor after essentially one season of snowboarding experience.  A main motivation for this being instructional cross training for the benefit of the Sailing Center.


John Baum
  • Extensive racing experience on sailing dinghies and keelboats
  • Delivery skipper
  • Holds US Coast Guard Masters License, 500GT
  • ASA Instructor Evaluator and Instructor through 206 level

John Baum, who teaches some of our cruising courses, holds a USCG license as a 500GT Master of Sailing Vessels.  As an ASA Instructor Evaluator, he runs instructor qualification clinics and has trained many sailing instructors for ASA, including several of the staff here at New York Sailing Center.

 


Charles “Chip” Cummings
  • extensive small boat racing experience on the Eastern Seaboard
  • Routine racing and coastal passages in Europe
  • multiple boat ownerships
  • ASA Certified Instructor, 201 level
  • Captain, US Army (Retired)
  • Credit Analyst, CitiGroup

Chip grew up bopping around on and racing our Western Long Island Sound waters on sailing dinghies ranging from Blue Jays to Lightnings (including the highly competitive development class 505 dingy).  He moved on to venerable one-design keelboats including 110’s and Stars.  He became more of a cruiser later in life and owned a Hughes 38 for awhile before simplifying to a J-24.  He threw himself into sailing instruction as his well-earned fun career, and has distinguished himself with his entertaining and uber-patient nature, garnishing an impressive amount of unsolicited positive reviews.

As well as sailing, Chip loves to ski, mostly in Europe, where he has an extensive network of friends.  He races each winter in the south of France, and crews on North Sea and English Channel passages (in which vicinity he was a volunteer member of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution).  He used to be into surfing big-time on the Outer Banks and in Puerto Rico.  Now if Steve can just get Chip on a snowboard…


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Betsy Frawley Haggerty
  • Lifelong cruising sailor
  • Diverse racing background
  • Holds USCG Masters License
  • ASA Certified Instructor (201)
  • Maritime writer & editor

Betsy started sailing as a 13-year-old  in Marblehead, Massachusetts—and hasn’t stopped since. She has cruised the East Coast from Newfoundland to the Caribbean, participated in offshore and round-the-buoys racing, and has been teaching sailing professionally since the late 1980s.  We’ve been blessed to have Betsy teaching with us for most of the school’s existence.  She takes sailing, and your learning, seriously and gets you to your goal with a smile on your face.

When she is not on a boat, she is in front of her computer, continuing her career as an award-winning maritime writer and editor. She was editor in chief of Offshore Magazine, and her freelance articles and photographs have appeared in many publications including Sail, Sailing, Soundings, Voyaging, Workboat and Professional Mariner.


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John Scardina
  • on again/off again boat owner
  • Regular cruiser here and abroad; occasional racer
  • holds US Coast Guard OUPV license
  • ASA Certified Instructor (201)
  • school psychologist & child development specialist

John has been helping us make sailors out of you for quite awhile.  Effusively friendly, yet laid back, John sets his newbies at ease instantly, enabling them to focus on learning and having fun.  John teaches sailing for the fun of it, but also enjoys biking, travel, and is active in a band at local venues.  He conducts anti-violence workshops here and abroad, and is involved with a clean drinking-water initiative in Bolivia.  No wonder John isn’t available to teach with us as often as we’d like!


…and the list could go on, but that’s enough for a good flavor.

Thinking of becoming an instructor yourself?

We host ASA Instructor Qualification Clinics at our City Island base.  Hit us up for more info, or check our blog/rant page for what’s on the current horizon.