Customer Reviews and Feedback
I had a great time sailing, I think we had a
good crew, and I feel I have learned a
tremendous amount from the drills and going
through the motions of different situations
that may arise sailing under varying
conditions. A lot of material for thought
and further practice (getting it down to a
'science' :-) You are an excellent
instructor and I feel fortunate having had
the opportunity to take these classes with
See you in the British Virgin Islands if you
happen to be there this winter.
(Regarding BVI Family & Friends Vacation
Thanks, Thom. You're the best.
On behalf of Ann, Cameron, and Steve, I want
to tell you once again what a fabulous time
we had on our Apostle Islands flotilla.
Everything was simply beautiful.
Thank you. Give our best to Michelle.
May the wind be at your back,
Dodie, Peoria, IL
I recently completed your Basic Keelboat
class with Jack Masterson which was
- Kirk K.
(Regarding Northern Breezes' Youth Camp)
I, as a parent, felt very good that she felt so confident, feeling that "I can sail."
Not a lot of camps do that.
We were in good hands. The school was very
quick to respond to things... the school was very accommodating.
I certainly wouldn't hesitate to send my daughter yo your camp.
We felt great with the equipment. Very great, very safe equipment. It was very new.
I looked at some other schools and their boats just looked... old.
They didn't look very safe to me. Your boats looked very safe.
See an article
from Plymouth magazine here!
for the opportunity to crew on Adagio.
It was a lot of fun and a
We really wanted to say a huge thank you for the wonderful
week that we spent with you learning to sail around the BVIs. From booking to our
(very reluctant!) departure, we really couldn't have asked for any more. We both
had an awesome time learning lots of new skills in a beautiful part of the world.
Thank you very much for all your effort, advice, instruction - and being such good
Laura and Jonathan
Dear Thom, Tony,
Perry and Sue.
Sorry it's taken so
long to write to you. Unfortunately back in
England the Caribbean seems a long way away.
We are writing to thank you again for
our great sailing holiday. We had a fabulous
time sailing and certainly learnt a lot. We
also had a lot of fun spending the holiday
with all of you. Thank you for showing us
around the beautiful islands and for looking
after us so well.
We haven't yet
mixed up some painkillers but can't wait to
do so as soon as the sun comes out!
Please pass on our thanks to everyone as we
only have this central email.
some pictures of us all enjoying ourselves.
Thanks again. We hope to do it all
again one day!
Rich and Naomi H
I am writing after completing a recent
Northern Breezes sailing course in Bayfield,
Wisconsin (August 5-8, 2010). Along with a
friend, I sailed on Aerie from Pike's Bay
Marina and completed ASA 101 (test out) as
well as ASA 103 and 104.
It's fair to say that, based on your website
and ASA information, I had high expectations
for the courses. By the end of the course on
Sunday, those expectations were exceeded -
by a long shot.
In particular, I want to commend our
instructor, Tony Green. Tony called me in
advance to verify my sailing experience as
well as dietary needs and other
requirements. He told us what to expect as
we arrived at Pike's Bay and how the course
would unfold, including contingencies for
weather and our skill set. When we arrived
on Wednesday evening, we got settled in and
then went right to work on our boat
orientation and 101 test.
Throughout the course, Tony was very
professional and through, with a good
knowledge of local sailing conditions. He
taught to our level of ability and was very
flexible as we proceeded through the
curriculum to accommodate a
non-life-threatening medical emergency
during our first full day of lessons. Tony
was swift in his reaction and ensures the
safe transfer of the injured crew to local
EMS care, which he arranged for via radio as
we were making passage back to the marina.
He kept in touch with us the remainder of
the day and made sure that we were prepared
to continue the course on our return to the
marina later that evening.
In summary, I enjoyed the course
tremendously and learned a great deal. I
will recommend Northern Breezes (and Tony)
to our sailing friends. We look forward to
taking additional courses and chartering
with you in the near future.
Thanks for a great experience.
David E., Madison, WI
Just wanted to say thanks for the
opportunity to crew for Tony Green on Aerie
this past weekend. I had a great time!
R., St. Paul, MN
Artha and I just completed the ASA
101, 103, and 104
courses with Tom. After completing the coursework we
had the opportunty to charter a boat and practice
the skills we were taught the previous week. I want
to thank you for suggesting that we do that charter
right after the class, it really helped.
Also I want to tell you how much
we appreciated the professionalism and teaching
style of Tom. His experiencial style of teaching
worked particularly well for Artha and I and helped
make our introduction to sailing the very best
possible. Joy's sailing experience and insight was a
nice addition as well and was particularly helpful
We look forward to sailing with
Northern Breezes in the future. Artha and I are
already checking the calendar for an opportunity to
do the ACC class with Thom down in the Caribbean.
John D. (Alaska)
I have been meaning to send you an
email on the sailing trip to the BVI. I'm finally
catching up now that Navigation classes are
I want to tell you how much I
enjoyed the sailing classes in the BVI with Tom E.
He was very professional in his duties as our
instructor, treated everyone with respect even
though we had a couple that didn't pass. They really
did enjoy the sailing experience for the whole week.
They were fun to be around, and I learned from Bob
some of the navigation experiences he has had on
other trips. Mark and I were more agile and could do
lots of the necessary things to prepare the boat and
perform many of the required tasks, so that helped
us gain more confidence by doing things. Tom gave us
directions to complete the necessary tasks, and with
his experience he could relate some of the things
that could go wrong if we did not perform them
correctly. His experience was a valuable tool for
our understanding how to handle the boat in
different situations. He had a calm demeanor when
things needed an explaination a second time, only in
a different way, so we could understand what was
Joyce was very organized in her
way of keeping the galley stocked and clean.
Meals were great, and always
prepared with speed.
My compliments to you on your
choice of leaders/instructors for our sailing and
I would love to sail with Northern
Breezes again in the future as I learn more about
the total sailing experience.
Mark and I sat in the BVI Yacht
Club after the trip, and we both talked about our
Thanks again, It was a great
experience and I am spreading the word in this area
about my great memories and experiences.
Hope you enjoy the pictures on the
CD from my trip.
I just found out on Saturday, a
friend of mine will be putting his 21 ft Hunter on a
lift in front of my place on Lake Kampeska this
summer, so I will be able to practice my skills.
A fellow sailor,
Cal (North Dakota)
Thanks again for making the
best of some unfavorable weather conditions to make
the class enjoyable. I
learned a lot from you and hopefully our paths will
Thanks again for everything,
Jeremy (Appleton, Wisconsin)
Kim and I
have immensely enjoyed our sailing experiences on
our Wind Rider on Lake Minnewashta this summer.
We are out sailing on any day that there is wind and
hope to continue sailing into the fall as weather
My wife Tammy and I took the Basic
Keelboat 101 from Terrence on Lake Minnetonka.
We then did your Basic Coastal
Cruising and Bareboat Chartering classes up in
Bayfield. Rusty was our instructor.
We truly enjoyed both sailing
experiences and thought your instructors were
You can mail the Log Book to our
home address as follows:
Mark (Excelsior, Minnesota)
I just wanted to say thanks for your
help! I requested that you help me obtain a
stamp for a class from ASA and you did when the
school where I took the course blew me off. I
have it and am gratefull for your efforts.
Rick (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Wow, what a trip to Isle Royale! Never a boring
Steve is awesome!
(St. Cloud, Minnesota)
This is just a short note to
say thank you for being so patient while teaching me
the fundamentals of Cruising. You are superior!
Dick (Minneapolis, MN)
Many thanks for a great weekend
of instruction. I learned a lot and look forward to
taking more courses.
Dick H. (Minneapolis, MN)
I wanted to thank you for the great experience
last week in sailing class! It was great fun
--you made it a low-pressure and enjoyable, but
high-learning experience. I've taught at
levels ranging from Pre-K through undergraduate
students and know that feat isn't easy -- and not
everybody can do it so you have a gift! Thanks again
for the great class.
Paula R. (Excelsior,
Dear Captain Thom,
I completed my basic keelboat
tonight. Vicki was a great instructor. I give her my
Jon C. (St. Cloud, MN)