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 Cheboygan, Michigan , 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.
    • Captain Alex Blackwell

      Alex Blackwell, with his wife, Daria, is a lifelong sailor and passionate cruiser. They have completed three Atlantic crossings and have spent years cruising the coasts of the Americas and Europe on their ketch Aleria. Alex is a sailing journalist, author, and editor. He frequently writes about sailing technology and sailing adventures, contributing to several magazines, websites and e-zines, including his own, Coastalboating.net.
    • 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.
    • 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. 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.
    • Al Golden

      Al was the long-time President of International Marine Insurance Services Corporation (IMIS), which recently combined with Gowrie Group to bring to boaters a broader range of insurance coverages, enhanced risk management, and exceptional client service. But perhaps more importantly, Al is a long term, long range cruising boater who understands yacht insurance from the cruiser's perspective.
    • Niels Jensen

      Niels Jensen, originally from Denmark, is a past Commodore of the Great Lakes Cruising Club, past president of the Great Lakes Foundation as well, plus is GLCC Port Captain for Stockton Island on Lake Superior. His home cruising waters are western Lake Superior.
    • Brad Lathrop

      Captain 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 enjoys helping others with small 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.
    • 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.
    • Joe McKeown

      Joe McKeown grew up powerboating the Great Lakes, making his first family trip to the beautiful waters of the North Channel in 1969. He converted to sailing while in Annapolis, MD where he sailed the length and breadth of the Chesapeake Bay and competed in several long-distance sailboat races, like Annapolis to Bermuda and the Governors Cup.
    • 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.
    • Mike Morris and Steve Wyckoff

      Mike and Steve have a simple mission – To help others understand the geology they discover during their travels.
    • 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.
    • 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 Assistant Coordinator and Great Lakes Cruising Club Director, Bill Rohde, is a lifelong cruiser. For years he and his wife Judy cruised under sail, most recently on a 42' Tayana Pilothouse Cutter. They recently purchased a Legacy 40 Sedan Cruiser for the next chapter of their cruising adventures.
    • 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.
    • Dave Spencer

      Dave and his wife Kathy live in London Ontario and sail out of the beautiful harbour in Lion’s Head. Dave, Kathy and the "Good Idea”, their Catalina 34 sailboat, have cruised extensively around Georgian Bay and the North Channel
    • 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 is one of the foremost marine weather authorities on the Great Lakes. In addition to teaching weather classes for GLCCSchool, he is also president of LakeErieWX, a company focused on providing marine weather training and forecasting for Great Lakes boaters.
    • 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.
    • Dr. Alan Wentworth

      Alan’s interest in electrical events on (in) the water dated from a 1982 incident in which his daughter was nearly electrocuted as she exited the water after swimming in a nearby marina. After hearing Kevin Ritz’s analytical talk on electroshock drowning he became a “disciple” and has been trying to spread awareness of this silent killer (ESD) of those who enjoy water sports.
    • Dave and Colleen Wray

      Dave and Colleen Wray are long time Lake Superior Boaters. They sailed for several years in the Apostle Islands, Isle Royale and North Shore of Canada. In 2016, they purchased a 1997 Mainship 350 Trawler in Mackinac City, Michigan with plans to spend a year on the boat navigating around America’s Great Loop. Having completed the 7000 mile journey in fall of 2017, their boat Moonshadow is now moored at Barkers Island Marina in Superior, Wisconsin.
    • Steve Wyckoff

      Steve has a simple mission – To help others understand the geology he discovers during his travels throughout the Great Lakes.
    • David Zgrabik

      Dave Zgrabik is a Field Service Engineer for Volvo Penta assisting Volvo dealers and the Volvo industrial department with severe technical issues. He has over 25 years of mechanical experience starting with a master technician's degree from Ohio Auto/Diesel Tech.
    • 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 Great Lakes and at the Annapolis Cruisers University. GLD is the largest certified Yanmar dealer on Lake Erie. GLD is also a certified dealer for Westerbeke, Universal, and Kubota. In his GLCC School webinars Jim Zima shows us that he is not only a master mechanic but a great teacher.