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.
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.
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.
Emily joined us after several years at a full-service marketing and advertising agency, where she was responsible for the account and project coordination of several regional nonprofit organizations. Before earning a master's degree in Strategic Communication from High Point University, she spent her summers sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and briefly in the Caribbean. She is excited to be a part of the Sail Nauticus team and blend her passion for sailing and marketing for a great cause.