Sailing School Instructors

Kate Tompkins

Kate has been a cruising sailor for 40 years. Most of the sailing miles under her keel have been single handed explorations of out-of-the way remote anchorages away from civilization. She has sailed in Great Slave Lake, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and the South Pacific.

Kate is an adult educator and specializes in developing curricula for teaching entry level skills to give new sailors a solid start.


Kate is the Commodore of the Guysborough County Sailing Club.


Kate is also a Registered Psychotherapist with an active counselling practice.

Vaugahn Johansen

Vaughan's sailing experiences started 1976. In those days he could stand up in the cabin of his father's 22 foot boat. Over the years, Vaughan learned to sail, make sandwiches and mastered communication techniques - how to calm the captain after he accidentally dropped things overboard. 


As an adult, Vaughan had a few careers, but none informed his strengths and abilities so accurately, as teaching sailing, navigation and cruising.


A certified Cruising instructor for the American Sailing Association and Sail Canada, Vaughan owns and manages Underway Sailing in Vancouver BC. A school and charter company dedicated to getting people out on the water through a mix of fun, challenge and education.


Vaughan has taught cruising courses from the Gulf Islands to the Great Slave Lake and to Guysborough Harbour. 

Grant Gordon


Grant has sailed for more than 25 years , teaching sailing for the past 12 years. He is an RYA Yachtmaster and holds a Commercial Endorsement allowing him to serve as Captain or Mate on sailing vessels of over 100 feet. He is also a Sail Canada Intermediate level instructor.

When not busy with his day job as a sail maker he is an active club racer and long distance cruiser. Grant has logged over 20,000 ocean miles including three trans-Atlantic crossings and has spent two seasons living aboard in the Caribbean.

Daniel Cloutier

Daniel is a retired professional, education and commercial operations, from the pharmaceutical industry.  He and his wife, Judy, lived aboard our Caribbean vessel winters and sailed on their Canadian vessel summers.


Dan is a Sail Canada licensed instructor for the Basic Cruising and Coastal Navigation standards. He also teaches Start Keelboat Sailing and PCOC in a live-aboard format. Dan is also a Yacht Master with Commercial Endorsement from International Yacht Training.


Dan has logged 25,000 nautical miles as owner/captain or navigator. He has raced in Canada, Australia, Scandinavia, and has run the ARC Caribbean 1500 from Chesapeake NC to Tortola BVI three times.

He has delivered yachts from the Exuma to the Bras D’or lakes, Nova Scotia.