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All of our classes are taught or supervised by U.S. Sailing Certified Attractive Instructors.

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Whitney Kent - Lead Instructor

Hi, my name is Whitney and this will be my sixth summer teaching sailing in Sheboygan! I grew up sailing in Milwaukee Bay on boats of all shapes and sizes with friends and family. After that, I went on to sail at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I was co-Captain for two years (Go Go Wisco!) before coming to SYSC. In the offseason, I work for the Sailing Education Association of Sheboygan (SEAS), so I live and breathe sailing in Sheboygan. I’m looking forward to our best summer yet on the lakefront. My favorite ice cream flavor is pirate's bounty!

Caiti Dust

Hi! My name is Caiti and this will be 8th year teaching at SYSC. I went to Michigan State University (Go Spartans!) and am currently a teacher in the Sheboygan Area School District. I grew up on the water in southeastern Michigan and have been sailing all types/sized of boats ever since! I've been sailing for 20 years, racing sailboats for 20 years and teaching sailing for about 14 years. I love sharing my passion for sailing with others and am looking forward to seeing everyone down at the club this summer!

Charlotte Newkirk

Hi, I am Charlotte and I'm from Plymouth, Wisconsin. I started taking sailing lessons at SYSC when I was 13 because my family owned a sailboat and I wanted to learn more about sailing. I began working as a sailing instructor at SYSC in 2009, and during the off-season I am a student at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. I hope this season is packed full of exciting experiences and plenty of safety, fun and learning!

Emily Fisher

Hi I'm Emily Fisher! I enjoy windsurfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing, painting, and playing tennis! I'm the designated mural painter! :D

Harsshitha Balachander

Hey there! My name's Harsshitha but most people prefer to call me Hershey. I'm a junior at North High and have been sailing for quite a few years. I race on the high school team in the fall and spring. This is I will be working at SYSC as junior instructor. Outside of sailing I enjoy dancing, debating, robotics, paddleboarding, and kayaking. My favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate chip cookie dough! I started sailing through summer lessons and fell in love with the sport, and I hope I can inspire people to do the same! :D

Flinn Opel

Hey, I'm Flinn! I am going into my sophomore year at Sheboygan North and I have been sailing for 3 years! Outside of sailing, I enjoy participating in robotics, and cross country! I am looking forward to instructing this summer and doing a bit of sailing myself! My favorite ice cream is a root beer float.

Jasper Delasanta

Hey! My name's Jasper Delasanta, but people refer to me as spicy beef. This will be my second summer teaching at the SYSC, but I started sailing five years ago. I compete with the high school team on 420's. I love to play tennis and golf alongside sailing. My favorite ice cream flavor is probably chocolate with peanut butter swirls. I'm excited to be out on the water teaching this year.

Logan Pond

Sup! My name’s Logan Pond and in the fall I will be a freshman at BYU. This summer will be my fourth year of teaching, and I myself have been sailing for quite a while. I actually discovered sailing when I was young through this program. Outside of sailing, I really enjoy swimming and diving, and this summer I plan on doing quite a bit of surfing. I’m most familiar with the 420 sailboat, but am so far undecided on which boat is my favorite. My favorite ice cream flavor is pirate's bounty. Overall, I’m just absolutely pumped for a great season of sailing! 

Adam Pickhardt

Hi! My name's Adam. I've been sailing at the SYSC for 8 years. I started here sailing prams through the SASD programs and now I race on the High School sailing team. This will be my second year as in  instructor. I'm looking forward to getting others as excited about sailing as I am! My favorite ice cream flavor is pistachio almond.

Eileen English

Hello! My name is Eileen and I will be a junior at North High School. This will be my second summer helping at the SYSC and I am super excited to help instruct this year! I have been sailing since I was little and I absolutely love sailing on beautiful Lake Michigan! I also love playing piano, cross country, drumline, and hiking with my family and friends. My favorite ice cream flavor is raspberry sherbet. I can't wait to have an amazing summer of sailing!

Carolyne van Deventer

Hey! My name is Carolyne and I will be a senior at North High School. This is my second summer instructing at the SYSC and I am super pumped to have an amazing season! I started sailing and windsurfing a few years ago here at the SYSC, and I have loved it ever since! Outside of sailing, I enjoy surfing, playing tennis, and spending time with family and friends. My favorite ice cream flavor is pirate's bounty!

Erica Herzog

Ahoy Mateys! I'm Erica and I'm the Office Manager down here at the SYSC. I make sure everything is smooth sailing around here. Ironically, my favorite ice cream flavor is also Pirate's Bounty. Besides sailing, I also enjoy playing soccer, and performing with the NHS drumline! 

Owen Smith

Hi! I’m Owen Smith. I will be a junior at Sheboygan north high school, and I am really excited to help instruct sailing this year! I am on the high school race team as well as the summer race team, so I sail a lot and I love it. My favorite ice cream flavor is rocky road.

Sam Delasanta

Hi! I’m Sam and I started sailing with an SASD class where I learned to sail 420s. I just finished sophomore year at the University of Washington and am excited to instruct this summer to spread the sport of sailing. I play hockey in the winter, tennis in the spring and I try to spend most of my summers on the water sailing. I went from knowing nothing about sailing to listing it as my favorite sport in six years and I want to help other people do that too! My favorite ice cream flavor is big muddy from South Pier.