Sailing Instructors

Norton’s Sailing School has some of the finest sailing instructors around. Our instructors believe that the Chesapeake Bay is the best classroom, and they make sure that you are out on the boat learning and experiencing rather than sitting at a desk.

Captain Mike Grose

Captain Mike Grose

Teaches ASA 101, 103 and 105
Mike completed his first sailing class (ASA 101) in 2000, on the Piankatank River. The compelling force of wind and water prompted he and his wife Joyce to move to Middlesex County in 2002. His credentials include: Certified Sailing Instructor–American Sailing Association, Qualified Virginia Boating Safety Education Instructor, First Aid / CPR – American Heart Association, and USCG Merchant Mariner’s License – Master, including auxiliary sail, 100 GRT, inland. Mike is also a staff officer with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 62 – Deltaville.

 

Captain Jim Makin

Captain Jim Makin

Teaches ASA 101, 103, and 104
Jim completed his first sailing class with the U.S. Navy over 20 years ago. He became a Senior Skipper (Class D) in 2000 and became an instructor with the Navy that same year.  He has instructed at all Navy levels including numerous sorties on the Chesapeake Bay and offshore. Jim is a Certified Sailing Instructor with American Sailing Association, Qualified Virginia Boating Safety Education Instructor, and possesses a USCG Captain’s License, including auxiliary sail endorsement. He has chartered in the British Virgin Islands, Pacific Northwest, Croatia, and Greek Isles, and has taken several trips to Bermuda.  He has also provided on-the-water instruction for crews sailing to New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.  Jim lives on a creek of the Chesapeake Bay and has a detailed knowledge of the Bay from the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal to the Hampton Roads.  He owns a Beneteau 311 sloop.

 

Captain Barry Newland

Captain Barry Newland

Teaches ASA 101, 103, 104, 105, and 118
Barry has been sailing for over four decades, and is retired from the printing and aerospace industries. In addition, he is a USCG Captain holding a 50 Ton Master with sailing and towing endorsements and a Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries Boating Safety Instructor. Barry also maintains Red Cross First Aid/CPR certifications and is a Raymarine Certified technician.

 

Chip Powell

Captain Chip Powell

Teaches ASA 101, 103, 104, and 105
ASA certificated instructor for ASA101-Basic Sailing, ASA 103-Coastal Cruising, ASA 104-Bareboat Chartering, ASA 105-Coastal Navigation, USCG Captain 50 Gross Ton Master, First Aid/CPR Certified, Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries Boating Safety Instructor.

 

Steve Runals

Captain Steve Runals

Teaches ASA 101, 103, 104, 105, and 106
Steve Runals holds a USCG Near Coastal Captain’s License and is a certified ASA Sailing Instructor through ASA 106.  He’s been racing and cruising for over 40 years in boats of all sizes up to 51 ft; has offshore experience in the Pacific Ocean, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico including deliveries from Panama to Texas, St Vincent to Annapolis, Norfolk to British Virgin Islands and Long Island to Portugal. Steve currently owns a Pacific Seacraft 34 which he has sailed to Bermuda and recently sailed it single handed to Block Island. He retired from the Army after 29 years and is currently living and working in the Norfolk, VA area. Steve enjoys helping others to discover the joys and excitement of such a versatile sport as sailing.

 

Captain Scott Ziemer

Captain Scott Ziemer

Teaches ASA 101, 103, 104, and 118
Scott has been sailing for 30 years. Retired from his own construction company, he has sailed extensively throughout the Chesapeake and recently completed onboard cruises between the Chesapeake Bay and the Bahamas. Other past voyages and experience include New England, Nova Scotia and Caribbean. He has also cruised the canals of France.
Scott earned his Captains OUPV license in 2012. He is a certified Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Boating Safety Instructor, Certified in First Aid/CPR.