Sail Nauticus employs only the best in the sailing, nonprofit, and academic industries. Meet our team of professionals who are ready to get you out on the water and enjoying all that the Norfolk waterfront has to offer.
An alumnus of Old Dominion University, KC Fullmer was the school’s first sailing all-American in 1983. After graduating, he coached at Northwestern University for two seasons before returning to Old Dominion to serve as head coach. Fullmer’s accomplishments include guiding Old Dominion to five national crowns as a coach, three in 1989 alone. He also coached four sailing All-Americans and the 1989 National Sailor of the Year. He currently serves as a volunteer coach for the University of Virginia’s sailing team.
Jacob joined the Sail Nauticus team after 8 years of working for the College of Charleston Sailing as their Director of Education overseeing their community sailing association. It is his passion to share his love of sailing with others. Over the years, he has gained extensive experience in a variety of sailing programs, holds several instructor and instructor trainer certifications, and was awarded US Sailing’s highest award for community sailing programs the Martin A. Luray Trophy in 2017. Jacob is excited to be in Norfolk and working to grow the Sail Nauticus community.
During his 12 years as an education specialist and eventually the manager of public education programs at Nauticus, Peter Leighton gained extensive experience working with Norfolk teachers and students. As a side project, he also works with the MATE Remote Operated Vehicle program and serves as the coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Regional R.O.V. competition, which encourages 6-12th grade students to get involved in underwater robotics.
Catherine is new to sailing, but is incredibly excited to continue pursuing the same kind of non-profit work with Sail Nauticus that she enjoyed in college. A William & Mary graduate, Catherine worked and volunteered for numerous non-profit organizations during all four years of her undergraduate education. Catherine’s experience at William & Mary cemented her desire to work for an organization whose goal and focus is the betterment of its community.
Annabelle’s love of the water started later in life while working in New Zealand. There she first discovered sailing and cruising Pacific Islands. Upon returning to the States, she worked toward making it a career while being involved in several environmental and youth based non-profit organizations. She has held a Master 100 Ton captains license for 10 years and has experience operating everything from tugboats, dive boats, to a variety of sailboats.
Charles Higgins, Racing Manager
Charles Higgins has been the Assistant Coach for the Old Dominion University Sailing Team for the past 6 seasons. An ODU grad himself, Charles was a started and team captain, representing the U.S. and ODU at the World University Match Race Championship. When not coaching at ODU, Charles continues to compete in events around the country, as well as being an active Umpire and Race Officer at various fleet, team, and match racing events. Charles competes in the Vanguard 15 class where he won the National Championship in 2006. He has also competed in multiple U.S.
Marc Feyzeau, Sailing Instructor
Marc has sailed and raced on a wide range of sailing vessels in France and the Caribbean for many years since he was a kid. He was a sailing instructor before moving to Paris for his Masters in engineering. He also loveswoodworking/boat design and helping with the Tidewater Wooden Boat Workshop during the winter season.
Kara Jackson, Sailing Instructor
Best known as Coach K, Kara has been teaching and coaching in Norfolk for more than 10 years. She got into sailing about 3 years ago when Norfolk Public schools partnered with Sail Nauticus to give students the opportunity to broaden their horizons. Coach K took the opportunity to learn about sailing and has trained with sailing instructors to further her education on sailing. She has enjoyed every moment of learning this new skill!
Sue Chapman, Sailing Instructor
Sue learned to sail 3 years ago when she became a member at Sail Nauticus. Fellow sailors shared their knowledge, skills and passion for sailing, and she loved it! Previously, Sue was a third grade teacher for several years and then became a college advisor, so she very much enjoys teaching and sharing information with others.