Bob Chinnock

Bob and his wife started sailing in 1982 when they purchased a Sunfish and learned to sail it using the ‘trial and error’ method.  They completed a series of lessons in 1985 learning to sail keel boats on Lake Minnetonka.  A Catalina 22 was purchased in 1987 so that their two infant sons could safely sail with them.  This was followed by several charter trips with friends to the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior along with sailing of the Catalina 22 on Lake Waconia and the St. Croix River.  After the third son was born it was determined a larger boat capable of overnight stays was required and the Catalina was traded for an O’Day 26.  Much time was spent sailing on Lake Waconia with friends and family with a few additional trips to the Apostle Islands.  As the three boys grew the desire for sleeping arrangements on the boat was traded for more performance sailing and the O’Day was replaced with a 6.9 meter S2.  Eventually, one of the sons began working at Shorewood Yacht Club on Lake Minnetonka and the S2 was moved to Lake Minnetonka.  Bob completed his instructors certification in May, 2009 and looks forward to sharing his knowledge and excitement of sailing with future students.