Our staff loves to sail. Sailing has become a lifestyle and a passion; it is what we do in our free time and on vacation. Let us share our love of the sport with you!


Ken Kessler


Captain Ken started sailing in his teens as a Sea Scout on Lake Michigan. He continued his sailing hobby while in the Army (retired as a Colonel) and when he and wife Pat ran their own Engineering firm. He took the German Offshore Course in the Aegean Sea and has sailed numerous times in the North Atlantic. He has raced on the Chesapeake for 25+ years. Hre regularly participates in the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race from Annapolis to Norfolk and races locally on a Beneteau 367. The only thing he enjoys more than sea stories and having fun is seeing students get teh joy of mastering the skills to skipper a sailboat under all conditions.

Captain Ken holds his USCG 50 Ton Master's license with sailing endorsement for boats over 20 meters and ASA Instructor certification for Advanced Coastal Cruising (ASA106).

Roger Hart

Roger is a new American Sailing Association Instructor but no stranger to the water. He has extensive blue water experience. In fact, Roger spent about a year sailing around the world. (If you are ever sailing with him, try to get him to tell you some stories!)

Roger started teaching at The Sailing Academy in 2015. We appreciate his passion for the sport and his fun teaching style.

David Sabourin

USCG Captain
ASA Instructor

Originally hailing from Jamestown, Rhode Island, Captain David is a long-time sailboat owner. He has extensive cruising experience on the east coast from the US/Canada border to South Florida. 

Captain David currently cruises his 40' yacht in the Chesapeake Bay when he's not teaching sailing or playing hockey. Students enjoy his wealth of knowledge that goes far beyond our course curriculum.  One student recently said of him:

"David is by all accounts the best sailing instructor I've ever had. While his knowledge of sailing has a depth and breadth that is remarkable what makes him a truly unique

teacher is his calm and secure approach to teaching. No matter what the situation is

David always seems in control and conveys a sense of peaceful confdence which is

invaluable to a student struggling to master (or at times barely execute) a particular

maneuver. David truly loves sailing and his enthusiasm is contagious making you wish

the sail will last forever."                         -Alejandro



Angie Wilson

USCG Captain

ASA Instructor

Angie left her southern roots to pursue her dream of blue water sailing.  She taught herself to sail Lasers before graduating up thru keel boats to the Pearson 35 that she now skippers and cruises.  Besides teaching, she also goes on deliveries throughout the Chesapeake Bay region.  Angie enjoys sharing her passion for sailing and her enthusiasm is infectious.

Capt. Angie spends her winters teaching and sailing in the Bahamas. You cannot help but fall in love with the sport as she shares her knowlege and skills out on the Bay.



Charley Sabatier

ASA Certified Instructor

Professor Sabatier's primary career is teaching physics. He understands stuff about boats that none of the rest of us can quite figure out! During the summer months, when school is not in session, he trades in his cardigan for a life jacket and teaches sailing in the sun.

Charley has served as the Waterfront Director for Planet Hope's youth program but also is certified by the American Sailing Association to teach Keelboat Sailing. Charley is also an avid keelboat racer and can be found on the race course most Wednesday evenings calmly guiding his crew to victory. 



Suzanne Cannon

USCG 100 Ton Master
ASA Instructor

Captain Suky teaches for The Sailing Academy on the Chesapeake Bay and the Sea of Abaco, Bahamas. She hails from Long Island, CT & NY waters and has sailed for more than 30 years, covering more than 10,000 miles in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Bahamas, including circumnavigating Cuba in 2009 on a South African 38 foot catamaran.

Captain Suky was introduced to sailing by her father on Long Island Sound, where she sailed racing dinghies and Hobie Cats. Later, with a career in advertising in New York City, she sailed her Hunter 33 sloop recreationally from City Island, New York, and crewed on charter sailboats in the Caribbean whenever possible. Also, an avid windsurfer, she discovered a love of teaching, as she found herself introducing and coaching others in the sport.

Captain Suky has sailed extensively on the eastern end of Long Island from Shelter Island to Martha's Vineyard and has been discovering the great sailing grounds of the Chesapeake the last 3 years. She spent the winter 2012 in the Bahamas, sailing a Pearson 35 there and back, teaching and cruising the turquoise waters of the Sea of Abaco.

5 years ago, Captain Suky changed careers to fulfill her life- long dream of sailing professionally full-time. She is a USCG Master 100 Ton Captain, certified ASA Instructor and private Captain. She is delighted to make the Chesapeake her home for the summers,  and joined The Sailing Academy in 2011.


Jeffrey K Bowen

USCG 100 Ton


ASA Instructor

Captain Jeff started sailing in his early teen years and began teaching sailing during summers while in college. His sailing experience includes boats ranging from windsurfers to large crusing boats. Jeff lived aboard a 44' Catamaran for 3 years with his wife and 5 children. As a family, they cruised between the Chesapeake Bay and the Bahamas. If you want tips on sailing with children, he is definately the one to talk with! As a family, they are back on land for a while but are dreaming of new adventures.

Captain Jeff also started a non-profit sailing organization to mentor at-risk teens through the sport of sailing. Planet Hope has been impacting the lives of young people for over 10 years. He has worked with young people through his church and other non-profit organizations in some capacity for over 25 years, and brings this passion for young people to our Youth Sailing Camps.

Captain Jeff holds his 100 Ton Master's license, is an ordained minister, but he will tell you that his most important title is "dad".  He is also the founder of The Sailing Academy. He would rather be sailing than sitting in the office, so he activly teaches all levels of sailing.



Kenneth Jacks

USCG Master Captain

ASA Instructor

Captain Ken has cruised extensively from Maine to the Bahamas. His other cruising grounds include the Florida Keys and the Virgin Islands. Ken lived aboard a 40' sailboat for five years while cruising.

Captain Ken is a very sought after instructor and currently teaches for several sailing schools, we are glad to have him as part of our team once in a while when we can convince him to leave Annapolis.