Laura Parent | Modern Sailing

Laura Parent

Growing up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Laura was influenced at an early age by the ocean, boats and waterways of her hometown as well by as her father’s career as a Port Everglades Pilot.

After earning her degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University, Laura followed her dream and the call of the sea. Achieving her 100-ton USCG master's license at age 23, she logged 20,000 nautical miles over 9 years working as crew, watch officer, or captain on a variety of vessels: traditional sailing schooners, tourism boats, racing yachts, megayachts, and expedition ships. Laura has lived in Boston, MA and Newport, RI where she began racing on J24s, worked on 12-meter sloops, and spent a season racing throughout the Caribbean.

During the last three years of that time, Laura landed a position as Third Mate then became Second Mate for Lindblad Expeditions in Southeast Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, and Baja’s Sea of Cortez standing watch and driving zodiacs on National Geographic small-ship expeditions. Deciding to take a break from the merchant mariner’s life, she dropped anchor in the SF Bay Area to begin working in the travel industry in which she became an expert in Latin America adventure travel and Polar expeditions.

Laura has been teaching clients and friends about sailing for many years informally, but since the pandemic, she began her instructor certification process with the American Sailing Association. She loves teaching new sailors, especially women, and instilling in them the confidence to be the captain of their own ship!

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  • Rolf Zingg

    Since many, many years, I had the dream to sail underneath the Golden Gate bridge. On October 14th last year, my dream became true. Thanks to our dear friend Aaron Fritz who made it possible and organized this cruise for us. With this adventure I was able to achieve one more milestone on my sailing career.

    Finally on the water, it was great! Full moon made the flows even stronger and it was like sailing in a washing machine.

    I did my sailing education in the English Channel, where the situation with the wind and flows is comparable to the San Francisco Bay. So I felt pretty much "at home" being on the helm in the Bay.

    I hope our skipper Stan Lander enjoyed this day cruise too. We, definitely did! It was an unforgettable experience for all of us.

    A very big thank you to all of you who made it possible, that my dream became reality! Also thank you for the MSC flag I got at the end of the day. It found it's place in my study, where I can see it daily.

  • John Kipping

    The meeting room was quite adequate and the location most convenient, but the course outline and instruction were outstanding. Modern Sailing is fortunate to have such a well organized instructor in Mr. Stan Lander who teaches very well from a rich professional background. Mr. Lander was generous with his time and patiently in helping students who needed more attention or time in understanding various aspects of the curriculum.

  • Steve Hood, Basic Coastal Cruising

    I would definitely recommend Modern Sailing to anyone who is interested in learning to sail the right way.

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