Sailing instructor looking for more students at Queens' Brooklyn Marina

Brittany W. Verge
Published on August 2, 2014

Sean Mullin launches a Laser sailboat.  Mullin is looking for more people to join his classes.

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Sean Mullin moved to Queens from Ontario to teach sailing for the summer.  The only problem is, he needs more students.

Andy Blackadar, a sail director with the Brooklyn Marina, says the marina had a hard time finding an instructor.

“We were right down to the wire,” says Blackadar. “We were just about to say ‘sorry kids, we can’t do junior sailing.’”

That’s when Mullin was contacted through family friends that live next to the marina.  He arrived in June.

Because the group normally has an instructor before June, they usually have time to advertise and find students.  This year, however there have been fewer students because there was less time to let the community know about the classes.

The Brooklyn Marina offers a variety of classes to young people with all types of sailboats.


Mullin is hoping to have more students for his Aug. 11 – Aug 22 session.

The sessions are almost like day camps.  They run five days a week for two weeks and students can choose to go for a whole morning or a whole afternoon. 

“It’s a great learning experience, it’s a lot of fun, you get out on the water every day,” says Mullin. “It’s a unique sport, not a lot of people sail.”

Sailing students can also eventually become sailing instructors like Mullin if they continue to move up in their classes.

The next session Mullin is teaching is for Can Sail Levels 1+.  He also offers adult classes for $10 per class.  Adult sailors don’t need any prior experience.  No sign up required, just show up.

Adult classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 – 8 p.m.

Children are required to have a Department of Transportation Approved life jacket.  They need to be able to swim and water shoes are recommended.

The two week sessions are $130 for Queens Recreational Boating Association members and $150 non-members.  Contact Celeste Johnston to register or 947-2550 or 646-0168.