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Sharing a Passion,

Living the Dream

Reef Runner Sailing School, established in 1999, is an American Sailing Association (ASA) accredited school offering sailing instruction for the beginner to advanced sailor.  We have successfully been teaching sailing for over 20 years.  Our classes consist of a proven and successful curriculum for teaching the fundamentals of sailing or advancing your hard earned skills.  Our goal is to provide a relaxed sailing environment with enthusiastic instructors.  


The Fleet

Reef Runner Sailing operates a variety of vessels in its fleet.  Each vessel is matched to the specific itinerary and requirements of the particular crew, course, or activity.  Vessels are normally fully equipped monohulls in the 25 to 40 feet range.  


Atlas is a classically designed Pearson 31-2.  She is one of the best sailboats for teaching purposes utilizing a typical sail inventory, wing keel, wheel steering, inboard motor propulsion and comfortable sleeping space for 4-6 persons.  Forgiving yet responsive, Atlas is one of our primary teaching boats. She is at home crossing the Gulf or just cruising the Bay.


Sparrow is a traditional New England designed Cape Dory 28 by boatbuilder Carl Alberg. With her full-length keel and keel-hung rudder, she is a rugged little cruiser that is offshore capable. Sparrow is the stuff dreams are made of. With her hank-on head sail configuration, rugged main, and heavy keel, she can travel the world. Sparrow is currently on her European tour and is currently not available for classes. She will being sailing the Irish and Scottish coast for the next few years! 

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Named for the birds that followed Capt. Jeremy and Capt. Erica across the entire Atlantic Ocean, Shearwater is a rugged and tested Pearson 10M (33'). She is the newest boat in the fleet and will be our primary teaching vessel in Maine. We look forward to offering ASA 101-104 classes on her in Summer 2023. 

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Our Locations

Our Florida location, Panama City, operates for all types of sailing October to April. During the summer months, May to September, we operate out of midcoast Maine. To sail with us, please choose your location: 

Our Crew


Captain Jeremy

Capt. Jeremy, one of ASA's 2020, 2021, and 2022 outstanding instructors of the year, is the owner and primary captain for Reef Runner Sailing. Born and raised near the Texas Gulf Coast, Capt. Jeremy always had a passion for the sand, salt, and seas that coastal life offers.  After traveling the country he settled back down on the Gulf Coast to follow his love of sailing. 

Capt. Jeremy learned to sail on a sunfish and eventually larger boats in Kemah, Texas.  Small boat sailing and dinghy cruising consumed his life and Jeremy made the jump from Corporate America to Reef Runner Sailing. Having successfully managed large teams of managers for a Fortune 500 company while creating several small start-up businesses, Jeremy combines those talents and passions to focus on managing Reef Runner Sailing.

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Captain Erica

Erica grew up on the waters of Midcoast Maine. As the granddaughter of a classic wooden boatbuilder, being on the water is in her blood. She helps to run the Reef Runner Sailing office and joins her husband, Capt. Jeremy, on classes when she can. 

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Capt. Pete

Capt. Pete and Tish, founders of Reef Runner Sailing in 1999, decided it was time for a new course and turned over the helm to Jeremy in the fall of 2017.  While they remain actively available to the current team, they are focused on Reef Runner Yacht Sales in and out of the Panama City area.  They hope to stay in touch with the numerous students and friends they’ve come to know over their many years of sailing. If you are interested in buying or selling a boat, or just want to say “Hello,” don’t hesitate to drop them a line or give them a call!

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