Valerio Marra

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Boston, Massachusetts USA

Level IV Captain Rank Qualified Sailing Instructor / Assessor

Rated 5/5 by 1 student
Since I started sailing, my mission has been to demystify sailboat design: understanding how they work, how their design affects their function, and how to sail them faster. I love teaching performance sailing to intermediate/advanced sailors who still wonder, "How does that control line do what it does?" My goal is sailing well, with speed, balance, and safety. I designed and delivered "The Physics of Yacht Design" seminar series, covering the most important aspects of yacht design at an accessible level. It requires only high-school math and physics knowledge, yet it is detailed enough to interest both beginner and experienced sailors. My favorite sailboat is the J/80, and I volunteer as a skipper for adaptive sailing programs whenever possible. I hold a PhD in fluid machines and energy systems engineering, as well as an MSc in nuclear engineering, specializing in numerical methods for computational fluid dynamics.


NauticEd Credentials

  • Level IV Captain Rank Qualified Instructor/Assessor
  • American National Standards Instructor/Assessor
  • SLC Instructor/Assessor

Other Credentials

US Sailing - Basic Keelboat Instructor - Performance Sailing - Performance with Spinnaker - Coastal Navigation Instructor - Safe Powerboat Handling - Offshore Safety at Sea - IPC International Proficiency Certificate - Safe Sport Commonwealth of Massachusetts; State of Maine - Boating Safety Certificate NASBLA/USCG recognized RYA - ICC International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft NauticEd - SLC International Sailing License and Credentials American Red Cross - First Aid/CPR/AED


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Eric B., USA, MA, Watertown at 2023, May 26
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Valerio was great to work with. Rigorous yet easy going. I passed, and still I learned useful things to continue improving.
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