Captain Craig Lehrke
Craig learned to sail when I
was nine year old, “I cut grass for a neighbor lady
and saved up a hundred bucks to by a sailfish.
I read a book at school and my dad drove me up to
the lake and shoved me out. I learned the hard
way between jibing and tacking, but got really good
at righting! In later years I often went fishing on
the Grand Haven Pier, and enjoyed watching the
larger cruisers peacefully working offshore; the
idea of harnessing nature to actually go somewhere
fascinated me. I was hooked on big boats.”
Craig is now a retired school administrator who
holds a lifetime passion for sailing and the joy of
sharing the art & science of sailing with others.
He lives in Bad Axe, Michigan with his bride of 25
years Lori (a school teacher) and their two
daughters. Craig is a 26 year veteran of the U.S.
Navy; his initial five years of service were
on active duty as a pilot and he continues to serve
in the reserves. Craig is a graduate of
Central Michigan University with B.S. degrees in
Biology and Geography from Saginaw Valley State
University and a Master’s in Education, and the U.S.
Naval War College in National Security and Strategic
Studies. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard Master’s
Captain License with an Auxiliary Sail Endorsement.
More importantly for us, Craig is an American
Sailing Association instructor with certifications
in Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat
Charter, and Coastal Navigation. Craig has
sailed extensively on the Great Lakes, the
Mediterranean, Adriatic and North Seas.