Charles Buckner

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Dana-Point, California USA

Level V Captain Rank Chief Sailing Instructor / Assessor

Rated 5/5 by 5 students
Cap Charles is a Master Mariner w/ 26 years sailing experience. An accomplished open ocean sailboat cruiser & racer, sailing over 20,000 nautical miles. Cruising areas include US West, East coasts, Hawaii, Mexico, Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, Tonga, New Zealand, Australia, Greece, France & Italy. Races, under US Sailing’s Offshore Racing Rule: 2017 TransPac, SoCal 300, 2018 PV (San Diego, CA to Puerto Vallarta, MX), Newport to Ensenada races & local SoCal PHRF races. Cap Charles also organizes intl land tours & sailing charters (mono/cats). Last such charter was two separate groups to Procida (one of the Flegrean Islands off the coast of Naples). Next charter is a group to Croatia in Sep 2023 (Catamaran chartered thru NauticEd). Whether a novice looking to discover the adventurer in yourself, or an experienced mariner looking to further develop your skill set as an accomplished seaman, or joining an intl sailing expedition, Cap Charles can help you in your journey.


NauticEd Credentials

  • Level V Captain Rank Chief Instructor/Assessor
  • American National Standards Instructor/Assessor
  • SLC Instructor/Assessor

Other Credentials

USCG Captain 100 Ton Master Commodore Navy Yacht Club Long Beach (2023)


Southern California

Can travel to your boat anywhere in SoCal. For information about international planned land tours and sailing charters, just contact me.
Notes: I am also available to travel and assist with skippering anywhere in North America, Caribbean and Europe. Just contact me.


As a bonus "thank you", we'll give you two FREE sailing courses and electronic logbook!
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Feedback from previous students

Kevin W., USA, CA, Chula Vista at 2021, Apr 16
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Amazing instructor
Doug S., USA, CA, San Diego at 2021, Apr 11
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Captain Charles is a master of his craft. He stressed safety, technique, and was an absolute pleasure to sail with. I would go to sea with him anyday.
Kevin W., USA, CA, Chula Vista at 2021, Apr 08
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Mr. Buckner professionalism is not only to instruct me to be a qualified and competent sailor, his goal is to ensure that I am a competent and confident sailor.
Frank P., USA, AZ, Oro Valley at 2019, Apr 16
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Great instructor. Beautiful Beneteau 48. Charles has made a Pacific crossing, avid racer and charter captain. Charles knows his stuff and has a lot of real world practical experience.
Darroch C., USA, OR, Astoria at 2019, Mar 26
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Once I completed the course required materials Rubrics and we still had time Capt. Charles Buckner challenged me with additional skills. This was motivation to sign up for additional NauticEd courses!
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