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

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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!

Whitney Kent

Hi, my name is Whitney and this will be my third 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. 

Caiti Dust

Hi! My name is Caiti and this will be 7th 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!

Robert Bachmann

I’m Robert and I’m from Sheboygan! I first started sailing at camp and later began taking classes at the Youth Sailing Center where I became a member of the Race Team where I mostly raced 420s, along with Lasers, Lightnings and Sonars. Now I have my US Sailing Basic Keelboat Instructor Certification and love teaching adult classes on the J24s and Sonars.