your path to the sea
The Team: our most precious resource.
Lyssandra kept one foot on land and one in the water for as long as possible, then finally sailed the high seas, traveling to New Zealand, Australia, the Caribbean, California, a couple of islands in the Pacific, and a little everywhere in the Mediterranean. Principal Instructor of Second Star Sailing, she teaches shorebased and practical RYA courses from Competent Crew to Yachtmaster Ocean. With a steady diet of (decaf??? Really??) coffee, running and yoga on the side, she keeps her calm aboard at all times.
THALITA ZUR WERRA
Thalita traveled all over the world from her native Switzerland flying, cycling, hiking, diving, paddling… until she found the Zero to Hero YM program and the ARC. It changed her life completely. She quit work, sold her furniture, and went sailing, and since then she’s been on the water anytime possible. Give her a sail boat, photo equipment and some chocolate and she is happy. She has sailed the Carribean, Antarctica and the Western Med as a cruiser or racer, and crossed the Atlantic a few times. As a treat every other day gelato is an absolute must. “Life is like reefing, if you think about it – do it!”
Aurora has sailed with her family from a very young age around the Mediterranean, especially in Croatia and Greece. Growing up this turned into a passion, leading her to take part in many sailing courses from Lake Garda to Sardinia, and Brittany. As her high school years drew to a close, she started dreaming of wider horizons. This is how she found herself making her way from Greece to the Canary Islands, to then sail “across the pond”. The Atlantic was an amazing experience that made her decide that a sailing life was all she wanted. Her distinctive features are being the youngest crewmember, a wonderful singer at the helm and a huge Nutella lover.
Lapo has skippered his boat all along the Italian coast and the Tuscan Islands – he loves the sea in all its guises. He will ask you to smile for the camera or bust a move for the Gopro, using his 30 years of photography and sailing experience to create a fantastic new image. Expert in galley provisioning and social networks, he most enjoys helping children dive off the boat while at anchor. A big smile, and the everpresent wild boar sausages and tuscan cheeses are his secret weapons. His musts? Share and have fun!
Better late than never! Giordana, since she hit her head on the boom, has understood what her direction was. Life at sea fascinates her, the physics of sails fascinates her and this is how she has never refused an invitation to a boat and has done everything to satisfy her curiosity. She is committed to making her new passion her job so that she can continue to travel and grow professionally in this adventurous world
Ettore learned to helm as a child. Passing through sailing dinghies and catamarans, he discovered the attraction for blue waters at the age of twenty. Since then he has racked up a good deal of miles between regattas and cruises. RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and YeM FIV instructor lives on sailing for sailing, always looking for something to learn. He loves good food on board and bloody mary on land, give him a spinnaker and he’ll be a child again.
Brian started boating aged 13 with an inflatable and 10hp outboard. Hooked on speedboats, he worked in the first dedicated ‘Motor Cruiser School’ until he was 18! Thinking he needed a proper job, he trained as a teacher and then sales and marketing.His conversion to sailing came in his 20s when he started sail cruising in the Solent, English Channel and Greece.He finally navigated back to his passion, teaching Sailing and Powerboating as an RYA instructor.From his Devon home, he takes every opportunity to get on the water, near and far, enjoying nothing more than awakening people’s love for sailing. He is a Sailing, Powerboat, PWC and Theory instructor.
Margo took her first sailing classes as a way to relax from a day job, and now sailing has become her only job! She packed her life in two suitcases (one got lost in the way) and moved from Latvia to Antigua to join Second Star Sailing team as a PR and cold beetroot soup expert. Now Margo is slowly collecting sailing experience – taking it course by course, jumping on every other opportunity to be on the water.
After a stint in the army, Terry has lived a full time life at sea. He divides his time between living and cruising aboard his own boat and passing on his passion to his students in the UK, Caribbean and Mediterranean. He is a Yachtmaster Instructor / Examiner and has been teaching RYA courses for 27 years. A keen sailboat racer, with a penchant for classic yachts. When he’s not sailing you might hear him playing his guitar and singing sea shanties!
At Second Star Sailing we give priority to sustainability at sea in all we do.
This is why we believe in forming crews that not only respect the environment in general, but that always acts along the simple principle of leaving things better than you found them.
We want to create a complete maritime ethos of Sustainability at Sea, by offering a variety of courses and workshops that give our students the opportunity to learn techniques to fully use (and reuse!) all the resources we already have on board before tapping into new materials or requesting assistance from outside sources.
What keeps birds in the air? Sports cars on the ground? Athletes at peak performance? It’s all about the laws of nature coupled with the innovative spirit of inspired pioneers. Bionics means learning from nature. The drive towards technological leadership is in our nature. And nature itself is where we find answers.
Porto di Pisa Location
The Port of Pisa hosts and provides ample technical support to Second Star Sailing among its newly constructed 354 berths. The pedestrian friendly marina is situated in the heart of Tuscany, close to the Pisa Airport, the Apuane Alps, and accessible to Florence by train.
Uisp (Unione Italiana Sport Per tutti) is a sports and social promotion association that aims to extend the right to sport for all citizens.