Captain Dale FitchDale Fitch

I have been sailing on Lake Michigan since 1974, when I relocated from the Detroit area.  Sailing has been a passion for me, and we have raised our children on our boats, taking annual cruising vacations since their infancy.  Racing has been a big part of this activity until 2001, when I switched gears to more of a cruising boat.


I enjoy instructing as it allows me to introduce the sport I love to others.  Above all, we concentrate our efforts on teaching that sailing is fun.  We also stress safety, so that our students are confident in their skills to safely handle emergencies.  My racing background allows me to teach the skills of proper sail trim to allow students maximize the enjoyment of their sailing experience.


Personal Information:

            Age: 61

            Occupation: CPA (retired)

            Sailing Experience: 38 years

            Married with three adult children


Licenses and Certifications:

            USCG Master’s License with sailing and towing endorsements.

            ASA Certified Instructor: Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Charter, Advanced Coastal      Cruising, Navigation and Cruising Catamaran.


Manager of Lake Michigan operations for Northern Breezes Sailing School since 2006, offering courses in basic keelboat       through advanced coastal cruising.  Also instructed courses for Northern Breezes at their          Bayfield, WI and         British Virgin Islands locations.


Racing experience includes many Chicago to Mackinac Races, Queens Cup Races, Key West, Chicago NOOD and o   ther local regattas from 1977 to 2001.


Cruising experience includes Lakes Michigan, Huron, Superior, St. Clair, the North Channel and    the US and       British Virgin Islands.


Boats Owned, in chronological order:

            Pearson 26

            Pearson 31

            Pearson 36

            Thomas 35

            Hunter Legend 37.5- presently own

            Capri 22- presently own


Professional Affiliations:

            American Sailing Association

            Michigan Charterboat Association