Our Team

st. thomas sailing center

Dave Franzel

Dave Franzel

Director

Dave Franzel is a competitive racer and professional coach who also enjoys daysailing and cruising with his family. He is the founder of Boston Sailing Center, a business he owned and operated for 30 years. BSC grew to become one of the largest and most successful Sailing School / Sailing Clubs in the US.

Since selling BSC in 2007, Dave has been coaching teams in many one design and PHRF classes. He coaches Pro-Am events like Nantucket Race Week and conducts clinics and seminars in conjunction with North U. He personally campaigned Solings and Sonars for many years, finishing third in a Soling World Championship in 2002 and winning a Worlds in the Sonar class in 2009. He has been actively campaigning a J/70 since 2013.
Dave is the author of the widely acclaimed beginning sailing text: Sailing, The Basics. He has also written articles on sailing and racing for Sail magazine and other print and online publications. Dave is excited to bring his experience and passion for sailing to the adult sailing programs at the St. Thomas Yacht Club.

Bruno Paciulli

Bruno Paciulli

Manager and Head Sailing Instructor

Bruno started sailing as a teen and fell in love with it immediately. He knew it would be part of his future in many ways. He spent time cruising and racing on a variety of boats in Chesapeake Bay while living in Baltimore. Later he moved to Portsmouth New Hampshire, where he continued to cruise and race up and down the coast of Maine and New Hampshire. From one design to PHRF from Halifax to Bermuda from Lasers to Elliot 6ms from 28 foot to 70 foot. In winters he has been sailing his Cape Cod Frosty in Portsmouth New Hampshire. Off the water Bruno has level 1 2 and 3 sailing instructor and keel boat certification. He also holds a USCG Captains License. In the middle of all that he earned a degree in Yacht Design and worked as a boat builder.

Bruno enjoys teaching sailing because he feels he is able to show and share the infinite possibilities that sailing has to offer