Matt grew up sailing the Chesapeake Bay on-board an old wooden sloop out of the Annapolis Maryland area. Professionally trained by the U.S. Coast Guard as a Boatswain Mate (bosun’s mate) and Search & Rescue Coxswain in charge of 41 foot rescue boats & crew. During his career in the Coast Guard, Matt served onboard the Cutter Cape Morgan in Charleston SC, the Search & Rescue Station at Shark River Inlet NJ and the Search & Rescue Station at Portsmouth VA.
Matt earned his U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s License, (Masters 100 ton) in 1980 at the age of 22. He taught advance sailing courses for Annapolis Sailing School in both the Virgin Islands and the Chesapeake Bay area. He has sailed the east coast of the U.S. from New York to Florida, the Bahama Islands, Virgin Islands, Chesapeake Bay and San Juan Islands of Washington State.
In 1998 Matt purchased Lanier Sailing Academy and grew a small part time operation in Atlanta into the, high quality, year round training operation of today.
Katie joined Lanier Sailing Academy in 2021 and supports in sales, marketing and administrative roles. As well as maintaining the website, Docklines newsletter, and social media. Katie grew up boating on Lake Lanier and earned BKB Certified at LSA in April 2021
Dockmaster & Instructor
Phil obtained most of his boating experience on powerboats and crabbing on the waters of Maryland. He also worked as 1st Mate on a deep sea fishing boat while stationed at Midway Islands.
Phil is a retired Navy Veteran and has recently retired as the Technology Director for Coweta County Schools.
Phil has literally travelled around the world having been stationed at or visited: Midway Islands, Guam, Philippines, Japan, Korea, Pago Pago, Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Iceland, Greenland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Germany, Morocco, Kenya, Greece, Djibouti, and Oman.
Phil joined American Sailing Association and Lanier Sailing Academy in 2002. He has sailed U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, and Spanish Virgin Islands, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Chesapeake Bay, Florida Keys, Gulf of Mexico and the San Juan Islands in Washington.
He is a licensed Coast Guard Captain and a Qualified Instructor for ASA 101, 103, 104, 105, 106 and 114