Tibor is the current owner of the Victoria Sailing School, together with his wife Erica. They also run Colorado Watersports together.
He learned to sail through the Victoria Sailing School, from its founder, Jim Cook. Since then he has been sailing and racing extensively. You can find him at Chatfield racing nearly every Wednesday night during the season. He is currently teaching our basic on the water courses, as well as our Diesel Maintenance Course, and Racing and Spinnaker courses. He has offshore experience, most recently doing a delivery from Charleston, SC to Jacksonville, FL and is looking forward to crossing the Atlantic soon!
When he is not sailing, you find Tibor out on a lacrosse floor or field. He is currently coaching at Arapahoe High School in Denver, and is playing semi-pro box lacrosse as well. He is also a current member of the Belgium National Lacrosse Team.
Jim has been sailing with the Victoria Sailing School since 2007.
Even though he's a Colorado native, he's been ocean sailing since 1987, bareboat chartering in the following locations: U.S. & British Virgin Islands; British Columbia Southern Gulf Islands; Sea of Cortez; and has completed several sails from Marina del Rey to Catalina and back. Formal sailing classes include ASA 101, ASA 103, ASA 104, and ASA 105. He has recently retired from a career in State government.
Beside sailing and being an avid snow skier, he enjoys canoe trips with his daughter, deep-sea fishing, boating/houseboating at Lake Powell, riding dirt bikes (motorcycles). He has an Advanced Open-Water scuba diving certification. His other activities include teaching Ballroom dancing with his wife, dealing Craps, Blackjack and Poker, finishing his novel, entering chili cook-offs and being a good husband and dad. Not all necessarily in order. Like most retirees, he is busier now than when he was working.
It is fairly easy to find good sailors (someone who can make a boat go fast), it is not so easy to find a good seaman (someone who is safe with an inexperienced crew in all kinds of weather conditions). It is exponentially more difficult to find a person with the required seamanship skills and also, the required teaching skills. The Victoria Sailing School recognizes that the quality of the business is totally dependent on the quality of the instructors. We work very hard at maintaining a dedicated group of professionals.
We spend a lot of time and effort recruiting, training and preparing our instructors and we currently work with about 12 local sailing professionals. Here are the sailing resumes of some of these instructors. They are listed in alphabetical order.