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

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Katie Bartelt - Office Manager

Hello! My name is Katie, but you can call me Kool Katie (as opposed to Kind Katie) to minimize confusion. This will be my second 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!  I will be attending the University of Wisconsin - Madison in the fall and if Whitney has her way, I will be sailing during the school year too.Be sure to stop in and say hi to Katie² in the office this summer!  

Katie English - Co-Office Manager

Hi! My name is Katie (Kind Katie, not Kool Katie), and I work in the office here at the SYSC. As a child, I grew up looking forward to SYSC summers spent on Lake Michigan, and I took sailing classes throughout all of my elementary and middle school years. As a high school senior at Sheboygan North now, I continue my journey with the SYSC by driving the other half of the Katie² office team, Kool Katie, absolutely crazy! I am so excited to start this season, happy sailing!

Phil Detrana

Hello! My name is Phil and this is going to be my third summer teaching sailing and windsurfing at SYSC. I was born and raised in Sheboygan, the famed “Malibu of the Midwest.” I’m currently a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying Neurobiology and Spanish, and I’m also on the Wisconsin sailing team. Sailing has always been a passion of mine, whether in dinghies or keelboats, and I can’t wait to share that with everyone this summer. See you down there!

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.