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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. His sailing escapades vary widely, from One-Design to PHRF from Halifax to Bermuda from Lasers to Elliot 6ms from 28 foot to 70 foot. In winters he actually enjoys sailing his Cape Cod Frosty in New Hampshire. Bruno is US Sailing certified as both a US Sailing Small Boat Level 1, 2 and 3 Instructor and a Basic Keelboat, Cruising and Coastal Navigation Instructor.  Captain Bruno also holds a USCG captain’s license, has a degree in Yacht Design and has worked as a boat builder. However, Bruno may be most famous on-island for orchestrating fun and adventurous sailing (and more) excursions with a group of STYC sailors known as the Thunderbolts.

Bruno enjoys teaching sailing because he feels he is able to show and share the infinite possibilities that sailing has to offer. He has been a key member of the St. Thomas Sailing Center team since 2018. You can find Bruno teaching courses from Intro to Hobie to the Cruising Course and Bareboat Certification Program.