Elliot Marston

I have always been fascinated by water-related sports.   I learned about sailing from other staff when I worked at a camp in the Pocono Mountains of PA.  The racing knowledge acquired helped inspire me to race later. The next winter I built a 14 foot sailboat from a kit, and my whole family enjoyed it for many summers.

I soon moved up to a 16 foot day sailor which was set up for easy trailering and a delight to sail. When I bought a 22’ Catalina I joined a racing club at Lake Waconia and had 5 years of very successful racing.  That boat provided me an exciting time on a windy day at Bayfield, WI, too. For many years I have had a slip at Lake Pepin on the Mississippi River where I sailed an O’Day 28 and my two sons grew up learning sailing, racing, and power boating with various powered “dinghies”. 

I currently sail a 32’ boat at Lake City, and have boated from Stillwater to Wabasha.  I also have done a lot of power boating with my friend’s 18’ runabout.  We are members at Lake City Yacht Club.

I have enjoyed several charters as captain or crew at Bayfield, the BVI (British Virgin Islands), and in the Baltic Islands off Finland with my brother’s boat.    Some of my learning experiences to pass on include ensuring one’s dinghy is secured to the beach, allow for a wind shift when anchoring at night, and learning navigational aids.

I am currently working on my ASA certification as an instructor for Basic Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Charter.