Our staff

We are very proud of our staff. Our instructors have an average of 10 years sailing experience and all are First Aid & CPR trained. All instructors on boats greater than 30 feet are U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captains. We employ about 18 people during the summer months and three year round. 


As you might imagine, working at the sailing school is fun. We love teaching people how to sail and take pride in our fleet of boats. Having a diverse fleet and qualified instructors provides our customers with the opportunity to build the skills and confidence required to handle any boat. 

How it all started

The school was founded in 2004 by Chris Nihill who started teaching sailing in 2001 with the Oyster Bay Sailing School. Chris started the school with three older boats and the dream to pass on his passion for sailing. 


Port Sailing owns and operates a fleet of over 30 boats in and the day sail fleet is now comprised of Sonars, Catalina 25 and Cal 25 sailboats. The Sonar fleet is used as the primary teaching and racing boat. The cruising fleet consists of 2002 Beneteau 36 and 2002 Dufour Gibsea 43. The Dufour is based in St Thomas to support the Caribbean operations. All boats are kept in top condition.

About Us

Capt. Chris Nihill, owner of Port Sailing Ctr. Inc., with daughter Kristen, Commanding Officer of USCG Cutter Kittiwake.  Both Kristen and Marissa Nihill have worked as instructors at the school

Our credentials

Port Sailing is a United State Government contractor providing coaches for The US Merchant Marine Academy Sailing Team at Kings Point. 

Port Sailing School is a proud a member of the American Sailing Association .