U.S.C.G. Licensed Captain
American Sailing Association: Certified Instructor
While we don’t hold it against him, Chris grew up in the New York City, but was drawn south via the University of Texas at Austin (BA Economics, MBA). He has had careers in Financial Services, Oil and Gas Construction and Supply Chain Management. Having developed a passion for sailing via the Austin Yacht Club, Chris has honed his skills racing JBoats, (80, 105, 109), Beneteaus, and even a Catalina.
Chris has done what most urban weekend sailors only dream about. In 2008, following Hurricane Ike, a global economic downturn and a frustration with the hamster wheel of life, he quit his Fortune 500 day job and left for the Caribbean. Having both a USCG 100T Masters Captain’s license and a RYA Yachtmasters 200T ticket, he was hired quickly by one of the largest names in Charter Yachts, The Moorings. There he spent 2 years running Catamaran charters, showing guests the best spots in the British Virgin Islands, Abaco, Bahamas, and St. Marten/St. Barths. He also spent some time in the Megayacht world in Ft. Lauderdale, Portland OR, and Chicago’s Great Lakes before returning to Houston.
He has since returned to the Galveston Bay area and wishes to share his experience with the community. He’s happy to provide a road map of how to go about slipping the dock lines for the last time and heading out for an adventure. In his own words, “while it’s not for everyone, I believe you can still get pretty close to the experience enjoying sailing a large catamaran here in the Gulf Coast. And of course you’ll be well equipped to make an annual pilgrimage to the BVI to keep the dream alive.”
As the Subject Matter Expert, Chris will be leading The Yacht Sales Company’s Catamaran program. Everything from new and preowned yacht sales, lessons and instruction, bareboat and crewed charters to fractional ownership programs and turnkey Charter Businesses will be designed with the end users’ needs in mind.
When asked about the adventure he openly admits: “it was a job, make no mistake about it; catering to guests 24/7 for weeks at a time and balancing safety with fun is not an easy chore. However, it was one hell of a view from the office!”
Captain Tracy A. Piercy
Captain Chris Block
Captain Tracyhas over 30 years on the water experience and loves to share his passion for sailing and the sea. His specialty is catamarans. The majority of his adventures have covered the Galveston Bay complex, Gulf of Mexico, and British Virgin Islands.
Here are just a few of the many comments for this great captain:
Thank you for the excellent sailing instruction two weekends ago. I learned a lot and had a blast!
I honestly can't think of anything you or we could've done differently to make it a better trip - we were lucky to have you and it was a trip of a lifetime.
You did a great job of creating a fun and joyful atmosphere on the boat. You made us feel that sailing is fun and easy when following your instructions. It is a great achievement that everybody on Sail Away steered the boat and made tacks and even jibes.
Tracy, you in my opinion you did everything just right; you did allow people to drive, and do sails, etc. learn during our trip how to handle cat. As I said during the trip I would be honored to join you in the future trips.
Sasha (Alexandre) Tsapin
Keith and I had a great time and learned so much working with you yesterday.
Keith and Elizabeth McPherson
U.S.C.G. Licensed Captain
American Sailing Association Certified Instructor: Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Chartering,
Cruising Catamaran, Docking Endorsement
Member: US Power Squadron
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