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MIKE MADLOCK

Scott Nelson

SCOTT NELSON

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Scott Nelson:

Living most of his life landlocked in southern Wisconsin, Captain Scott didn’t have the opportunity to sail but the dream started early and never left so after the kids had grown, in 2009, he took a vacation to Kemah, TX and took the ASA 101 sailing class at South Coast Sailing School.  He got goosebumps the first time he made a good tack and felt the boat heal and accelerate.  He says some of the best advice he got in that sailing class was that, since he didn’t have a boat of his own, he should consider volunteering at the local yacht clubs to crew on racing boats. He took that advice and found himself sailing once or twice a week during the brief Chicago summer seasons, including racing in 6 consecutive Chicago to Mackinac races and the 2014 Newport to Bermuda Race. The more he raced the more deeply he fell in love with sailing and eventually completed the ASA 103, 104, 105 & 114 classes. As the sailing bug grew it became inevitable that he would have to find a way to make a life on the water.  Have worked as a corporate trainer for most of his life, becoming an ASA sailing teacher seemed like the perfect solution he retired early from the corporate world went to sea.

To make up for his late start sailing, Scott spent 8 months at sea, sailing from Bali, Indonesia to Lunenburg Nova Scotia, Canada, on a tall sailing ship.  This provided great sailing experience and sea time.  After returning he earned his Captain’s license and certifications to teach all of the ASA courses he was previously certified in as a student.

Now he spends his time sharing his deep love of sailing with ASA students and, when not teaching ASA classes, he helps less experienced cruising sailors make ocean passages, most recently sailing from Tahiti to Honolulu, Hawaii.

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