With the return of a better economy and the devastation from Hurricane Sandy behind us, we are opening a new location in a newly renovated school facility from April thru October. Our new school location will be at: 280 Ocean Ave., Sea Bright, NJ 07760. About 1/2 mile south of the Highlands Bridge on Hwy 35, also just south of the entrance to Gateway National Park / Sandy Hook.
Our Bristol 35 "ForeWind" will be docked at our Sea Bright location and our Seaward 22 "Augusta" will be a little closer to the bay at "Marina on the Bay" (1 Marina Bay Court, Highlands, NJ 07732) less than a mile away. (The Shrewsbury River flows a little too quick for the smaller boat- it would take too long to access Sandy Hook Bay from Sea Bright in a foul tide.
We are pleased to have a new homes for our school and for ForeWind and Augusta.
We will be teaching regularly scheduled ASA 101 Basic Keelboat courses on Augusta and ASA-103 & 104 Basic Coastal Cruising & Bareboat Charter Certification for monohull sailors on ForeWind. Of course, our catamarans are there for those multihull lovers for ASA-103, 104 and 114.
We will be conducting delivery courses for our trip north to NJ from Florida in early May, so if you desire intermediate and advanced instruction on a large cat (or just need an adventure) those dates are posted.
Our 2015 spring & summer schedule is posted.
2014-2015 FL Updates
For 2014 and 2015 we are still sailing from our multiple locations in and around the Bradenton and Sarasota area along the Florida Suncoast. Had enough winter? Maybe you need to polish some skills for a spring Bareboat charter? Want to be ready to hit the water running in spring?
Well we have the boats, locations and the staff to sort that all out with you IN THE SUNSHINE!!!
Cheap airfare, inexpensive accomodations and awesome sailing await right here at home in the good 'ole USA. Come on down and get some sailing time under your belt this winter!
We offer ASA-101, 103, 104, 114 on cats and monos on a very flexible PRN (as needed) basis. Give us a call and we'll get a course planned for you.
Tracey School- ASA Instruction year round, monohulls, catamarans, beginner to advanced. 201-738-9112
Multihull Specialists We speak Multihull
We love Multihulls
We teach Multihull
Join the Crew of Tracey School
We need an ASA-101 Instructor this summer. Mostly Weekends... part time... decent pay.
No one gets rich teaching sailing- but everyone gets rewarded! If you have a love for sailing and sharing then this is a good match. Help others get started sailing and share in their joy.
Call Capt. Tracey at 732-546-4103 to discuss.
Meet the Crew
Captain Frank has been sailing since 1983, when he had the notion that sailing might be fun. Never having sailed before in his life, he read a book or two on the subject and purchased his first sailboat, a new O’Day 225. That personal experience is what prompted him twenty years later to become an ASA instructor.“I learned the hard way...through trial and error and that could be dangerous!” says Frank. He started sailing professionally in 2003 after attaining his Captain’s license and starting Charter Sails, a sailing charter company. Frank loves the thrill of sailing and the whole idea of you, the boat and mother nature working together. He wanted to share that thrill with others so he became an ASA Basic Keelboat Instructor in 2005 and started working for the Tracey School.He soon became qualified in Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Charting, Coastal Navigation, Advanced Coastal Cruising and Cruising Catamaran. “Now,” says Frank, “I get the privilege of sharing that experience with others and instructing them to be capable, safe and confident sailors.
Captain Tracey is a USCG licensed Master Mariner and certified ASA instructor for all courses taught at the Tracey School. He also happens to be the namesake for our little sailing fun-house.
"I've been sailing longer than I care to remember." is his standard response when asked, but almost three decades spent on the water are an asset in our business.
"Experience is the best teacher- has been the Tracey School modus-operandi since day one. Learn by doing. In conjunction with a proven structured curriculum, good instructors and equipment mixed in with some fun, sailing can be easy, safe and entertaining. As it should be! I think we get it right most of the time and are fortunate to have such a competent staff."
Along with owning and overseeing the Tracey School, the captain also operates the Kathleen D and Kay Dee Sailing Catamarans (Nj & FL) and the Anna Maria Island Shuttle Service in Florida. He and his wife Kathleen, along with two cats, live in both states as they chase the "Endless Summer" sailing seasons up and down the east coast of America.
NJ- Sea Bright, Highlands / FL- Anna Maria Island, Sarasota
Completed 2014 Fall Passage Classes
1,525 nautical miles
ASA 104/114 December & January Classes forming - Call Now
November-December 101 and 103 Classes based on demand
ASA 105 Class Available - Call for details
Winter 2014-2015 Class Dates Posted (see specific class page for details)
2015 Spring Passage (FL to NJ) Tentative Dates Announced Click Here
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New Jersey: School Office & vessel ForeWind: Sea Bright Marina 280 Ocean Ave. Sea Bright, NJ 07760 Vessels Kathleen D & Augusta: Marina on the Bay 1 Marina Bay Ct.
Highlands, NJ 07732
Florida: KathleenD Marina Jack 2 Marina Plaza E-dock Sarasota, FL 34236 Mono-hull Vessels Maissail Marina
Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island FL 34217
"The Boss"- Master Captain George Roth
Master Captain George has been on the water most of his life, having learned to sail single-handed (Lightning and Blue Jay class vessels) before he was 10, raced hydroplanes, worked as a commercial fisherman, crewman and bayman on Long Island. He has over 50 years experience as an owner and/or operator of sail and motor powered vessels up to 46 feet with over 25,000 underway hours logged, more than 30% seaward of the COLREGS demarcation line. He gained his sea legs at an early age from my great grandfather, John Ebenezer Allen, former Sandy Hook Pilot, Captain of the Staten Island Ferry and Officer and Captain of merchant ships, having held an unlimited ocean master's license. George's cruising experience includes NY/NJ thru Massachusetts, the east coast Intra Coastal Waterway, the Bahamas and the US and British Virgin Islands.
He holds degrees in Marine Science, Biology and Behavior and worked for near a decade as a Marine Scientist studying the impact of Hudson River Power Plants on the fisheries populations of the Hudson, Lower New York Bay and nearby Estuaries. During that period, he lead field efforts to study population densities and distribution of Hudson and Chesapeake Striped Bass, from Maine through North Carolina. He also studied Operations Management (MBA) at LIU an extensive career in Senior Managment for Texas Instruments, Harris Corporation, Digital Switch (Alcatel), and AIG before starting a Management Consulting firm, which he ran for over 25 years.
He served in the U.S. Coast Guard for four years active, two years reserve duty and is a current member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
He is certified to teach by the American Sailing Association, the Recreational Power Boat Association and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Basic to Advanced Sailing Courses
Monohulls & Multihulls
Live Aboard Courses
Florida & New Jersey
Tracey School for Sailing Instruction - ASA Certified Instruction Tracey School can deliver Year round Sailing Instruction in New York Metro and Sarasota/Tampa Bay, FL! ASA-101 / 103 / 104 / 105 / 107 / 108 / 114 / 117 / 118
From Basic Sailing to Coastal & Celestial Navigation, Advanced Coastal Sailing & Multiple day Passage Courses- Monohull and Multihull Sailboats, even Powerboat Handling!
Now we are in two great locations- with the best personnel and equipment.
Tracey School provides quality ASA instruction year round in southwest Florida and the Jersey Shore in sight of Manhattan!
Our locations along the Sun Coast bordering the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay are prime sailing country! The warm clean waters of the Gulf, Tampa Bay, and the Manatee river are pretty and friendly with countless destinations to explore. Abundant wildlife, picturesque anchorages, numerous urban ports to visit- Tampa Bay, Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Clearwater and on and on. It is sailing heaven!
Come learn to sail along Floridas beautiful Sun Coast. Whatever time of the year you choose to go, Tracey School will be there.
In the spring, summer and early autumn we also operate from Sandy Hook/Highlands, NJ- where the real Jersey Shore begins (unlike the TV version). Just 15 miles to the southwest of Manhattan the sailing is exceptional in these waters. From breathtaking views to countless anchorages, the most exciting passages to be found in America- through the heart of New York and the gateway to the world famous Northeast US sailing destinations. Oceans, bays, sounds, rivers remote anchorages and pulsing urban environments. You want it, this area has it- May thru September.
Finally- if you want to really learn how to cruise- take our Coastal Passage Courses between NJ and FL! We offer multiple day live aboard courses along the Atlantic Seaboard, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic and Gulf Intracoastal Waterways. These courses teach you how to negotiate the complexities of the ocean and ICW routes and the all important weather!. Learn where and how to make the most traveled passage in sailing!
Thanks to Dave Snyder for the terrific videos shot during our Passage Courses! Scroll down for a Florida West Coast video shot last spring.