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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 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. 

Katie Bartelt - Office Manager

Hello! My name is Katie and I am the office manager at SYSC! This will be my third summer working at SYSC, but I grew up sailing at SYSC and on my family's boats. I'm not the best sailor, especially compared to my co-workers, but I try! You'll typically find me working in the office or out on the lake taking pictures of the classes. In the offseason,  I attend UW-Madison and compete with the Wisconsin Equestrian Team, despite Whitney pestering me to sail with Hoofers. Be sure to stop by this summer and say hi to us in the office.

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!

Kaitlin Knocke - Office

Hello! My name is Kaitlin and I am going into my senior year at Sheboygan North High School. This spring was my first time sailing for the high school team (and ever) and it is my first summer working at SYSC! My favorite boats to sail are Lasers and 420s. Outside of sailing, I am involved in my school's band program and run cross country in the fall. I'm looking forward to spending my summer with all my sailing pals! 

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. 

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!

Moses Abel

Hi, my name is Moses and I have been taking classes at the SYSC for about 8 years and I have grown to like it more and more every year. My favorite boat to sail is definitely the J-24. I am excited to be able to teach the subject that I have grown to love. In the 2018-2019 school year, I will be a Junior at Sheboygan County Christian. I enjoy paddle boarding, surfing, golf, music, and art when I am not sailing. I have sailed everything from a pram to an aircraft carrier, but my best memories are at SYSC.  

Sam Delasanta

Hi! I’m Sam and I started sailing with an SASD class where I learned to sail 420s. I just finished 10th grade at North High and am excited to instruct this summer to spread the sport of sailing. I sail for North’s race team in the fall, 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!   

Doog Wake

I’ve been sailing at SYSC for 12 years but this will be my first year working! I sailed my first race at 2 weeks old and have been sailing ever since. I race Lightnings with some of my fellow instructors, along with 420s, Lasers, and HS/College sailing. I’m super excited to give new sailors the same great experiences that I had at the beginning of my SYSC career! I’ll be a freshman at UW Madison double majoring in finance and molecular biology. Maybe sailing is a third major? Go go Wisco! Sailing is sort of my life, so I can’t say I’m too involved in much else! I play piano and trumpet in a few ensembles, ran cross country in high school, and am an avid downhill skier.  

Ella Reinemann

Hi! I'm Ella and I will be a senior at North High this coming fall. This will be my first Summer working at the Sheboygan Youth Sailing Center and I am super excited! I have been windsurfing for about 8 years and am totally in love with the sport. I also enjoy racing 420s and other small sailboats, and I can't wait to spread the sport!

Zach Coulis

Hello! I am Zacharias, but everyone just calls me Zach. I am a currently a Sophomore at Kohler Public School and participate in a wide variety of activities. Outside of sailing some of my favorite things to do are play Soccer, tutoring, teacher assist, and have fun with my friends. I love to teach and think that sailing is one of the coolest things someone can do! Personally, I have been sailing for 9 years and picked it up by taking classes at the Sheboygan Youth Sailing Center. For years, I watched my sister instruct at the SYSC, and was so jealous! My favorite part of lessons is still sailing my favorite boat, the 420. I’m super excited to start my first year of teaching and can’t wait to meet the new students!

Ashley English

I have been sailing at SYSC since a very young age, taking classes over the summer. I began sailing when we moved to Wisconsin and my dad bought our family boat. My favorite boat to sail is a Laser. I am excited to instruct the kids and sail more boats! Hopefully I will diversify my knowledge of 420s, Lasers, Lightnings, and Sonars. I go to school at Sheboygan North and will be a Junior in September. Outside of sailing, I play soccer, run, and play the piano.​​​

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 second 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. I'm excited for another great year of sailing!

Patrick Fisher

Hi, I'm Patrick and I am a sophomore at North High School. I have been sailing for 8 years, starting at SYSC when I was 8. This is going to be my first year working as an instructor and this summer, I am excited to make some cool new memories. Besides sailing I am also involved in Boy Scouts, I swim, and I am training to get my pilot's license.