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Riverside Sailing School

Captain Gary Thomas (a USCG licensed Captain)has been involved in sailing for over 45 years and teaching new sailors for the last 30. Starting out at the Red Dragon Canoe Club on the Delaware River, he introduced new sailors to the sport of dinghy sailing. That led to involvement with the Eastern Shore Small Craft Institute on the Chesapeake Bays Eastern Shore where for twenty years Gary went from teaching American Red Cross Basic Sailing to Instructor Trainer, to coordinating the entire program. In 1998 he went to work with the Philadelphia Sailing School as a Basic Keel Boat Instructor teaching American Sailing Association certification programs. Now embarking on a new career he has opened The Sailing School in Riverside, New Jersey and Worton Creek, Maryland. Starting with the 2015 Beneteau “ASA” First 22, you can learn to sail on the beautiful Delaware River. If you know how to sail and want to experience life aboard a cruising sailboat, then the Introduction to Coastal Cruising on “Elusive”, a new Beneteau 40 is for you.

The Sailing School is an American Sailing Association Affiliate school opening on the Delaware River in Delran, NJ. We offer ASA Certified courses from Basic Keel Boat to Advanced Coastal Cruising. We also offer private lessons on board your vessel or ours. See on our website at You may also contact us by email or phone. or 609-781-3269.

Let one of our fine USCG Licensed Captains/Instructors help you hone your sailing skills.

Captain Gary Thomas
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