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Featured Instructor: Jack Karger, The Adventurous Sailor Behind Vagabonde Adventures

By: Instructors, Schools

Sailing has a unique way of captivating people’s hearts, drawing them into its embrace of freedom and endless possibilities. For Jack Karger, the journey into the world of sailing began as a serendipitous encounter with his cousin Riley and his new boat La Vagabonde. What started as a three-day trip from Montenegro to Albania soon turned into an all-consuming passion, leading him to embark on exhilarating adventures across the seas. The experience on La Vagabonde sparked a flame of curiosity and excitement in Jack’s heart, which was soon fanned into a blazing obsession by an Atlantic Ocean crossing a few months later. From then on, there was no turning back for him, and Vagabonde Adventures Sailing school was soon a reality.

Unforgettable Moments in Teaching

As an instructor, Jack cherishes the memories of a recent advanced group going through ASA 106. The group participated in a thrilling regatta, racing alongside other catamarans while honing their sail trim and helming skills. Later, they embarked on a night sail, tacking their way up a channel under the shimmering stars. The night’s adventure led them to the open ocean, where they were greeted by a breathtaking sunrise and the joy of catching a magnificent mahi-mahi. Enduring squalls and helming at exhilarating speeds of 13 knots, the students experienced the full spectrum of sailing conditions, all under the guidance of two experienced ASA instructors.

The Allure of Sailing Destinations

Choosing a favorite place to sail can be an arduous task for someone like Jack, who has traversed numerous waters and explored various destinations. From the remote islands of French Polynesia during a Pacific Ocean crossing to the enchanting shores of Greece and Croatia, every location holds its own allure. Having sailed through the Caribbean, Jack appreciates the unique charm of each island. Ultimately, his love for sailing transcends any specific location; he finds joy in the simple act of being on a boat, wherever it may be.

Le Vagabonde at anchor in the Caribbean
La Vagabonde at anchor in the Caribbean.

The Never-ending Quest for Knowledge

For Jack, sailing is more than just a hobby; it’s a lifelong pursuit of learning and discovery. Every day on the water brings new challenges and opportunities to broaden his horizons. Whether it’s mastering sail trim or delving into marine biology and local cultures, sailing provides a never-ending well of fascinating knowledge waiting to be explored.

Sailing: A Skill for All

One of the misconceptions about sailing is that it’s reserved for a select few with specialized skills. Jack, however, dispels this notion, emphasizing that sailing is a skill that anyone can learn. Regardless of age or background, the open waters are accessible to all who wish to embark on this thrilling journey.

Embracing True Freedom

Jack passionately believes that sailing embodies one of the last true freedoms on our beautiful planet, especially when it comes to exploration. The ability to raise anchor, harness the power of the wind, and navigate one’s home from one corner of the world to another is awe-inspiring and serves as a constant reminder of the boundless opportunities sailing offers.

A catamaran enters the port at Hope Town.
La Vagabonde enters the port at Hope Town.

In the end, Jack Karger’s story is a testament to the transformative power of sailing. From a chance encounter with La Vagabonde to becoming a dedicated instructor and adventurer, his love for sailing has become an inseparable part of his identity. Jack continues to explore the world through the seas and the winds, embracing each day as a new and exciting adventure alongside his partner, Eta Covo, forever enchanted by the magic of sailing.

Man in foul weather gear
From chance encounter to professional sailor, Jack Karger is forever enchanted by the magic of sailing.