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

Emily Fisher

Hi I'm Emily Fisher and I'm currently a senior at North High School. This is my first summer at SYSC. I enjoy windsurfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing, painting, and playing tennis! My favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip. I will be working, so I can't wait to have a great summer filled with sailing! :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 my first summer working at SYSC as an office manager and junior instructor. Outside of sailing I enjoy dancing, debating, robotics, paddleboarding, and kayaking. My favorite ice cream flavor is choco 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

Jasper Delasanta

Hey! My name's Jasper Delasanta and I'm going to be a senior at Sheboygan North this year. This will be my first 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 senior at Sheboygan North High School. This summer will be my third 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 7 years. I started here sailing prams through the SASD programs and now I race on the High School sailing team. This will be my first 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.

Sam Delasanta

Hi! I’m Sam and I started sailing with an SASD class where I learned to sail 420s. I just finished freshman 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 five years and I want to help other people do that too! My favorite ice cream flavor is big muddy from South Pier.   

Eileen English

Hello! My name is Eileen and I will be a sophomore 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, 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 Junior at North High School. This is my first 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!

Owen Smith

Hi! I’m Owen Smith. I will be a sophomore 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.

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!

Ashley English

Hi! I'm Ashley English and I'm a freshman at MIT. This will be my third year instructing at SYSC. Outside of sailing I'm involved in robotics and soccer. I enjoy racing Lightnings and 420s (especially flying spinnakers) and am super excited for another great year of sailing!

Noah Bartelt

Hi! I'm Noah Bartelt, and I'm a senior at Sheboygan North. I've been sailing my whole life, and this will be my third year instructing at SYSC. Outside of sailing I'm involved in robotics, band, jazz, baseball, cross country, and much more. I have my own rock band, Urban Royalty, and we play gigs locally. My favorite ice cream flavor is pirate's bounty. I'm excited for another great year of sailing!

Jack Williams

Hi! My name is Jack and this is my second summer instructing at SYSC. I have sailed on the high school team for two years and have sailed on the summer race team for two years. Outside of sailing I like to do triathlons and play piano. I am going to UW Madison. My favorite ice cream/popsicle flavor is strawberry.