Captain Tom KershnerTom Kershner

Tom used to travel to the Caribbean every winter and wonder why there were so many sailboats.  Finally, he decided it was time to figure this out.  Since then he has spent his winter vacations on a sailboat.

Tom became an Instructor for Hoofers’ Sailing Club at the University of Wisconsin in 2005 and then an ASA instructor for Northern Breezes Sailing School in 2006.  Each year he teaches an average of 70 students over 700 hours of on-the-water instruction.  Tom teaches ASA vacation courses for Northern Breezes in the British Virgin Islands as well as Coastal Navigation in Madison during the winter.

Tom has competed in the Chicago to Mackinac and Trans-Superior yacht races and has placed 1st and 2nd in the Cruising Divisions.  Besides his annual charters in the Caribbean, Tom has chartered yachts in Croatia and on Lake Superior.

One of his students, Jenn, shares this: “From tying a knot to flying a spinnaker, Tom has taught me how to sail. His ‘know-how’ and enthusiasm has encouraged me not only to pursue the cruising and racing side of sailing, but also to pass on that knowledge to the next sailor!”