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Valerio Marra

Level IV Captain Rank Qualified Instructor/Assessor
Since I started sailing, my mission has been demystifying sailboat design: 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 are still wondering "how does that control line do what it does?" Sailing well, fast and balanced, and safely are my goals. I designed and delivered a "The Physics of Yacht Design" seminar series where the most important aspects of yacht design are covered at an accessible level (high-school math and physics is all that is needed), but detailed enough to be of interest to beginner and experienced sailors alike. My favorite sailboat is the J/80. I volunteer as a skipper for adaptive sailing programs anytime I can. I received a PhD in fluid machines and energy systems engineering and a MSc in nuclear engineering, focusing on 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 - BKI Performance Sailing - BKI Performance with Spinnaker, - Coastal Navigation Instructor - Safe Powerboat Handling - Offshore Safety at Sea - IPC (International Proficiency Certificate) - Safe Sport RYA - ICC (International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft) American Red Cross - First Aid/CPR/AED


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