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
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.