Instructors

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    • Fred Bagley

      Fred Bagley has sailed the Great Lakes most of his life. Fred and his wife doublehand their Caliber 38 out of southern Georgian Bay and have spent many summers cruising Lake Superior and other Great Lakes destinations.
    • Captains Alex & Daria Blackwell

      Daria and Alex Blackwell are lifelong sailors and passionate cruisers. They have completed three Atlantic crossings and have spent years cruising the coasts of the Americas and Europe on their ketch Aleria.
    • Larry Brandt

      Larry Brandt gained his intimate knowledge of radar compliments of the US taxpayer, in the US Air Force, where he was a maintenance crew chief on advanced Air Defense Command search and height finder radar systems.
    • Lou Bruska

      Lou Bruska has been a sailor for forty years. He and his wife, Laurel, bought their first boat in 1978, and started racing. Since 2003 they've been cruising on their Catalina 36 out of Holland, MI.
    • Liza Copeland

      Liza and her family have circumnavigated the planet and she has written four popular books about this sailing trip and others. With her husband, Andy, she wrote Cruising for Cowards, a well-received cruising "how-to" tome.
    • Roy Eaton

      Roy Eaton is "The Voice of the North Channel" on VHF radio's "Little Current Cruisers' Net". Roy and his wife Margaret sailed their boat, Mystic Loon, for 36 years through all of the Great Lakes and beyond, as far as the Bahamas.
    • Rich Fink

      Rich is an accomplished life-long sailor and one of the most experienced cruising boaters in the Great Lakes Cruising Club. His extensive cruising experience encompasses all five Great Lakes, and well beyond, in a wide range of boats.
    • J. E. Fordyce

      Past Commodore of the Great Lakes Cruising Club, J.E. Fordyce, with his wife Michèle, has been cruising Georgian Bay and other Great Lakes waters for more than fifteen years.
    • Mark Gagyi

      Mark is a long time Lake Erie sailor who since the late 1970's has enjoyed exploring the sights and sounds his home lake. A decade ago retirement gave Mark the chance to stretch his cruising legs and to cook and cruise his way across all five of our fabulous Great Lakes. Mark is a Port Captain for the Great Lakes Cruising Club and has also presented numerous Cruising Lake Erie seminars at Cleveland's Mid America Boat Show.
    • Virginia and Robert Gleser

      We're excited to welcome our newest GLCCSchool faculty members, long term couple cruisers, frequent boat show speakers, and cruising authors Virginia and Robert Gleser. Click for more information.
    • Al Golden

      Al is President of International Marine Insurance Services Corporation (IMIS) and, more importantly, a long term, long range cruising boater who understands yacht insurance from the cruiser's perspective.
    • David Hughes - Sarah Renz

      With eleven Chicago - Mac races in his wake, former Chief Inspector David Hughes brings experience for this introduction to this world class event. Sarah Renz is a Chicago - Mackinac racer with 14 races under her keel and is also an avid cruiser.
    • Niels Jensen

      Niels Jensen, originally from Denmark, is Commodore of the Great Lakes Cruising Club as well as a GLCC Port Captain. His home cruising waters are western Lake Superior.
    • Mark Kish

      Mark Kish is Mechanical and Electrical Service Supervisor at Larsen Marine’s Waukegan, Illinois, facility, one of the largest recreational marine sales and service operations on Lake Michigan.
    • Brad Lathrop

      Brad Lathrop has a unique insight to cruising the Great Lakes as he explores the sweetwater seas from his 26 ft trailerable boat. Having already sailed 3 of the 5 Great Lakes, he brings the enthusiasm of a recent convert to his presentations bolstered by the significant experience garnered from actually "doing it". Brad has caught the vision of helping others with trailerable-sized boats learn that they too can share the excitement and the beauty of cruising these Great Lakes.
    • Wayne LeBlanc

      Wayne, a retired software engineer, is an amateur radio operator and celestial navigator.
    • Beth Leonard

      Before joining BoatUS as Technical Services Director, Beth, with her husband Evans Starzinger, completed two circumnavigations logging over 110,000 offshore miles. She is also author of several cruising books.
    • Sheila McCurdy

      Sheila is a 100,000 mile-plus sailor, and is a past commodore of the Cruising Club of America (CCA). She certifies cruising instructors for US Sailing and runs Safety at Sea seminars, plus serves in numerous other boating industry roles.
    • Chuck and Joann Mead

      Chuck currently serves as GLCC Vice Commodore, while his wife Joann serves as the club's web site committee chair. Winners of the club's prestigious Admiral Bayfield award, they've extensively sailed each of the five Great Lakes, and are among the most knowledgable cruisers on the lakes.
    • Joann Mead

      Joann and her husband Chuck have cruised all five Great Lakes. When not cruising, Joann uses her prior tech sector experience as chair of the Great Lakes Cruising Club's Web Site committee.
    • Todd Miller

      With his wife Susan, Todd has extensively sailed the Great Lakes and Caribbean. He currently lives on Lake Superior's north shore, serving as GLCC Deputy Port Captain for Grand Marais, MN. Presently building a cruising powerboat, Todd teaches boat building and restoration.
    • Craig Murchison

      Craig Murchison is a retired Dow Chemical Research Fellow and Past Commodore of the Saginaw Bay Yacht Club. He is also active in the Saginaw Bay Power Squadron and serves as GLCC Port Captain for Tawas Bay and Port Austin, on the shores of Lake Huron. Craig and his wife, Pamela, have extensively cruised the Great Lakes, in particular Lake Huron and it's adjoining North Channel and Georgian Bay, plus are 2011 recipients of the Great Lakes Cruising Club's Admiral Bayfield award for cruising all five Great Lakes. They currently cruise "The Shot Rock", their 42 Cruisers Powerboat.
    • Allen Murphy

      Murph sailed over 20 years on Lake Erie then cruised out the St. Lawrence, around the Maritimes, and down the U.S. East Coast to the Chesapeake Bay. His 32' sailboat, Kelly IV, then took him on two round trips of the ICW. Murph has cruised over 7,000 nm since 2010.
    • Bob and Peggy Olsen

      Bob and Peggy Olsen have been lifelong boaters starting with a 14 foot day sailor on the East Coast and progressing to a series of 26-30 foot sailboats on Lake Superior for 25 years. They are members of the Great Lakes Cruising Club (GLCC) and America’s Great Loop Cruising Association (AGLCA).
    • Chris Parker

      One of the most well known marine weather forecasters and routers in the business, Chris has sailed Sunfish, Laser, Flying Scot, Lightning, Star, various PHRF and ULDB racing boats, and his current 34' Bel Amis, on which he cruised 12 years in the Bahamas, Caribbean and Bermuda.
    • Joe Parker

      When not cruising or racing, Joe, an active GLCC member, has worked as a rigger and a sail consultant, plus in countless other aspects of boat construction and maintenance for over thirty years.
    • Angèle and Jim Passe

      Angèle and Jim started sailing together on a small city lake in Minnesota, in 1971. Then Jim built a 27 footer in his backyard that took them onto the rivers. Since 1987 they've been sailing a Moody 376 on Lake Superior, all the Sweetwater Seas and well beyond.
    • Bill Rohde

      GLCCSchool Coordinator and Great Lakes Cruising Club Director, Bill Rohde, is a lifelong sailor. He and his wife Judy currently sail the Jubilee, a 42' Tayana pilothouse cutter.
    • Dave Seidman

      Dave heads the electronics division for Riverfront Yacht Sales & Service in Cleveland, Ohio. He has over 35 years of experience in the business, and he is a certified Raymarine, Furuno and Nadvico technician. Most importantly Dave has the hands-on knowledge of what it takes to set-up, maintain, and trouble shoot the battery systems that keeps the electronics on modern power and sailboats running.
    • Tony and Sharon Simion

      Tony and Sharion have been lifelong Great Lakes boaters, both sail and power. They are members of the Great Lakes Cruising Club (GLCC) and America’s Great Loop Cruising Association (AGLCA).
    • Kyle Stenzel

      Since 2002 Kyle Stenzel has been selling yachts, specializing in the Great Lakes market. With an extensive knowledge of the major brands, Kyle has assisted many clients during his 14 year career. In 2007 he was the top Carver Yachts Salesman in the world and has built the Prestige Yachts brand over the last 4 years. He was recently awarded the Top Selling Dealer award by Prestige Yachts for America. His knowledge in all parts of the sales process has benefited buyers in maximizing their buying power while simplifying the process for both buyer and seller.
    • Eric Sunstrum

      Eric Sunstrum and his wife Cynthia make their home near Ottawa, Ontario, and have enjoyed over 20 years sailing in the Thousand Islands and Bay of Quinte. Active members of the GLCC, they most recently coordinated the 2015 GLCC Lake Ontario Rally. Ivy Lea Ontario is home port to their Catalina 28 Northern Whisper.
    • Mark Thornton

      Mark began sailing on Lake Erie in 1994 where he and his wife Susan currently own Osprey, a 1985 C&C 35. In addition to sailing and forecasting, Mark enjoys publishing summaries of interesting weather events and teaching Great Lakes sailors basic weather forecasting skills.
    • Captain Ronald C. Trossbach

      Ron & Kathy Trossbach have cruised and raced their own sail & power boats over 90,000 miles. As a Moderator of Safety at Sea Seminars, Ron follows all aspects of Safety at Sea in small yachts, especially Personal Safety Equipment and Communications.
    • Bob Williams

      Bob Williams is the owner of SALT (Sea-Air-Land Technologies) Service Inc, an organization helping clients meet their marine and other energy management needs. Bob is a state-certified Solar Contractor and EPA HVAC-certified technician with particular experience in power management approaches for small recreational vessels.
    • Jim Wooll

      Jim Wooll has cruised with his wife, Bobbie, through all of the North Channel and Northern Georgian Bay anchoring in over 80 distinct locations. They kayak, hike and capture excellent photographs while cruising. Jim began sailing in the 70's with a 26-foot sloop. Later, they did bare boat charter vacations in the Chesapeake, Florida, the Pacific Northwest and Tahiti. Upon his retirement in 1999, they began summer-long cruising on their Island Packet, Reverie. They completed the Great Loop in 2004-2005.
    • Jim Zima

      Jim Zima is the owner of Great Lakes Diesel in Huron, Ohio. In addition to maintaining, repairing, and re-powering marine diesels Jim teaches numerous seminars in and around the Lake Erie area. GLD is the largest certified Yanmar dealer on Lake Erie. GLD is also a certified dealer for Westerbeke, Universal, and Kubota.