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.

KC Fullmer, Director

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.

Ryan Newland, Adult Programs Manager

Ryan sailed to Norfolk after cruising the East Coast and the Bahamas with his wife. Born and raised in Charlotte, NC, he did not discover sailing until after college. Quick to realize what he’d been missing, he dove in headlong. Since then, Ryan has lived aboard for five years in North Carolina, Florida and Maryland. Having over 10,000 cruising miles under his keel, and years of experience as an instructor and manager for Offshore Sailing School, Ryan is happy and excited to be a part of Sail Nauticus’ mission.

Peter Leighton Jr., Youth Programs Manager

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 Townes, Programs Coordinator

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 Wax, Assistant Programs Manager

Annabelle’s love of the water started later in life while working in New Zealand. There she first discovered sailing, cruising Pacific Islands, and sailing a variety of homemade dinghies. 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 7 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!