Captain Dale Fitch
I have been sailing on Lake
Michigan since 1974, when I relocated from the
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
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
My racing background allows me to teach the
skills of proper sail trim to allow students
maximize the enjoyment of their sailing experience.
Sailing Experience: 38
Married with three adult
Licenses and Certifications:
USCG Master’s License
with sailing and towing endorsements.
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
the US and
British Virgin Islands.
Boats Owned, in chronological
Hunter Legend 37.5-
Capri 22- presently own