Captain John Ensley

ASA Instructor / Sailing School Director

Captain John technically learned to sail on a Sunfish at summer camp when he was 11 years old and occasionally sailed small sailboats on lakes and rivers in rural southern Oregon where he grew up. He really became obsessed with sailing and cruising after attending the Portland Oregon boat show in 2005 and signing up for an ASA Basic Keelboat course on the Columbia River (in February!) and soon after completed Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Cruising and Cruising Catamaran in Placencia, Belize. Capt. John raced aboard an Ericson 38 with the same crew for 12 years on Washington State’s Puget Sound and cruised his own boats extensively in The Puget Sound, San Juan Islands and The Canadian Gulf Islands during those years.

He has also logged many many days aboard various sailing vessels along Mexico’s Pacific Coast, The Sea of Cortez and the British Virgin Islands. Capt John holds a U.S. Coast Guard 50-ton Master License and ASA Instructor certifications for Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Cruising, Cruising Catamaran and ASA’s Docking Endorsement. Capt. John was also the recipient of American Sailing’s “Outstanding Instructor of the Year” award for 2020, that recognizes the best ASA instructors worldwide.

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