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Captain Bob, Sailing Instructor

I started sailing on inland lakes in the Midwest at the age of 7. I built my first boat (sailfish) at the age of 11. Have been hooked on sailing ever since. While in the military stationed at Fort Hood TX, I worked 3 days on and 3 days off, 4 on 4 off and repeat. So, I had time for a part time job. Naturally it was with a boat shop and I was the one that would take people out for test sails on a prospective purchase. Upon being Honorably Discharged from the Army, I went back to Michigan and raced in the Midwest region for Hobie 16’s in the 70’s, qualified and raced in the Hobie 16 Worlds in 1978. I spent my winters in Florida with my grandparents and spent most of my time asking visitors (snow birds) if they wanted to go sailing. I took them out on my Hobie 16 or 18 that I trailered to FL in the winter months and sailed in Boca Ciega Bay and Tampa Bay. Once in a while sailing out to the Gulf of Mexico. In the late 1980’s I moved to Phoenix. I lived on a Catalina 470 in St Petersburg FL for 2 years and obtained my Captains license while there. I then sold that boat and came back to Phoenix in 2016.


I have been teaching sailing since 2018 and look forward to seeing the excitement on students faces as they get the “aha” moment and things start to make sense.


Boats I have owned: Sailfish, Sunfish, Hobie 16’s, Hobie 18, Catalina 470


Boats I have crewed on: Colgate 26, Hobie 33, Olsen 30, Antares 44, J-29, Catalina 26, 30 and 36, Spencer 44, Hunter 49, Capri 14.2, Shannon 50, Beneteau 423, St Francis 50, Fountaine Pajot 44, Hobie Wave and more I can’t remember.


Courses and Certifications:

USCG OUPV Near Coastal with Sailing Endorsement

US Sailing Level 1, Small Boat Instructor

ASA 210, Let’s Go Sailing Instructor

US Sailing 101, Learn Sailing Right

ASA 101, Basic Keelboat

ASA 201, Basic Keelboat Instructor

US Sailing 103, Basic Coastal Cruising

ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising

ASA 203, Basic Coastal Cruising Instructor

US Sailing 104, Bareboat Cruising

ASA 204, Bareboat Cruising Instructor

ASA 105, Coastal Navigation

ASA 205, Coastal Navigation Instructor

ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising

ASA 214, Cruising Catamaran Instructor

ASA 218, Docking Endorsement Instructor

US Sailing Safe Powerboat Handling

Antares 44 Catamaran University

First Aid, CPR, AED

Teaching and Coaching Fundamentals

Safe Sport

CDC Heads Up

Transportation Workers Identification Credentials (TWIC)


Club and School affiliations:

Arizona Yacht Club (AYC)

Arizona Sailing Foundation (ASF)

Sailboat Shop, Lake Pleasant AZ (ASA School)

US Sailing Member

ASA Member


Goal: To travel the country (world), sail and be able to share with others about this fantastic opportunity to be one with the wind. Teach at locations around the world.

Captain Bob LaBine
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