Our Lead Instructors

Captain Matt Meadows

Captain Matt
Captain Matt

Sailing Resumé – Matt Meadows

United States Coast Guard License:

Master, 50 Gross Tons, with Auxiliary Sailing & Commercial Towing endorsements

Licensed, Professional Engineer:

Professional Engineer, Licensed in the State of Texas, #65240

Sailing Education:

US SAILING Instructor Trainer (membership # 240283P)

  • Basic Keelboat Sailing Instructor Trainer
  • Basic Cruising Instructor Trainer
  • Coastal Navigation Instructor Trainer
  • Coastal Cruising Instructor Trainer

US SAILING certified Instructor (membership # 240283P)

  • Basic Keelboat Sailing Instructor
  • Basic Cruising Instructor
  • Bareboat Cruising Instructor
  • Coastal Navigation Instructor
  • Coastal Passagmaking Instructor

American Sailing Association Certifications, ASA Certified Instructor (# 910880)

  • Basic Centerboard Sailing Instructor
  • Basic Keelboat Sailing Instructor
  • Basic Coastal Cruising Instructor
  • Bareboat Charter Instructor
  • Coastal Navigation Instructor
  • Advanced Coastal Cruising Instructor
  • Celestial Navigation Instructor

Cruising Resume

Offshore/Ocean Sailing Includes (but not limited to):

  • Valiant 40: Delivery: Cape Fear North Carolina to West Palm Beach Florida
  • Custom Schooner 88ft (Ocean Star): Tampa, Dry Tortugas, Ft. Lauderdale Florida
  • Gulf Star 52: Galveston Bay
  • Beneteau 39: Galveston Bay
  • Morgan 38: Galveston Bay
  • Bristol 32: Chesapeake Bay
  • Hunter 40.5: Miami to Key West & return to Miami
  • Valiant 40: Delivery: Ft Lauderdale, Florida to Marion, Massachusetts (Buzzards Bay)
  • Beneteau 500: Tampa/Dry Tortugas/Tampa
  • Antiga 37 Catamaran: Delivery: Key West to Miami
  • Tayana 48: Ft Lauderdale/Miami/Key West/ Dry Tortugas/Key West
  • Hunter 40.5: Key West/ Dry Tortugas/ Key West
  • Hunter 40.5: Delivery: Key West to Miami
  • Tayana 52: Trans-Atlantic Delivery : Ft Lauderdale/ Gibraltar/ Rome, Italy (Aug-Sept 95)
  • Valiant 40: Delivery: Long Island Sound (NY)/Delaware Bay/Chesapeake
  • Valiant 40: Delivery: Chesapeake to West Palm Beach, FL
  • Tayana 42: West Palm Beach, FL (East Coast of Florida)
  • Valiant 47: East Coast Florida/Bahamas/Florida Keys (Spring/Summer 96)
  • Island Packet 37: Tampa/Dry Tortugas/Key West
  • Tayana 52: Delivery: Isla Mujeres, Mexico to Tampa, FL.
  • Catalina 42: Ft Myers, Dry Tortugas, Key West, Marathon, Little Shark River, Marco
  • Hans Christian 43. Florida Gulf Coast & Florida Keys

Captain Matt Meadows has been sailing since the mid 1970’s and has taught sailing since the late 1980’s. He has won several national awards for his teaching. His comprehensive private curriculum ranges from Basic Keelboat Sailing to advanced courses such as Coastal & Celestial Navigation and Offshore sailing. During a 1995 transatlantic & Mediterranean sailboat delivery from Florida to Italy, Matt tangled with several hurricanes and gales.

He is one of a small and select group of sailing professionals. As an Instructor Trainer for US SAILING, he trains & evaluates candidates wishing to become US SAILING Instructors. This position is reserved for top instructors in the sailing education industry. In addition, he sits on the National Faculty for US SAILING, where he is one of several sailors assisting in developing offshore education programs.

While Matt does not advertise an a delivery skipper, his skills are know enough in the industry that he has the opportunity to make several deliveries each year. Some of these trips are within US coastal waters while other deliveries involve international travel.

Matt holds a United States Coast Guard, Master Captain’s License.

Captain Chris Rousseau

Chris on a delivery from Key West, FL to Corpus Christi, TX
Chris on a delivery from Key West, FL to Corpus Christi, TX

Captain Chris Rousseau (email: CaptChrisRousseau@gmail.com) started sailing as a teenager with his dad on dingies, catamarans, and keelboats on north Texas lakes and he hasn’t stopped sailing since. He races keelboats and catamarans locally and hits the road for regional, national and world level regattas. His Captain duties take him offshore each year for seaonal yacht deliveries to and from the U.S. East Coast to the islands. Chris also captians charters for folks in the Caribbean and Mediterranean. Chris is a USCG licensed captain and a certified sailing instructor. His lighthearted approach and calm demeanor help put students at ease as they learn the ropes.

Chris is also available for birthday sails, special event sails, wedding sails to marry, sunset sails and Friday night fireworks sailing on Lake Grapevine.

Paul Corey

Paul on IBJA
Paul on IBJA

RIP: April 18, 1957 – June 13, 2016. Please read more about Paul Corey and his passing HERE. He will be missed!

Paul Corey has been sailing since he was a child and has been teaching sailing for almost two decades. He sails keelboats of all sizes ranging from our J-24s through 50ft sailboats. In addition, he owns several dinghy sailboats. Paul has been awarded the ASA Outstanding Instructor of the year for several years. His relaxed manner of teaching brings confidence to any class he teaches.