Please leave this field empty.

Our Faculty

Offshore Sailing School Faculty Managers and Instructors

From the day Steve Colgate opened his first school in Manhattan in 1964, he has insisted on instructors with true teaching skills, keen sailing knowledge and extensive sailing experience in small and large cruising and racing boats. Offshore Sailing School instructors are men and women chosen for all of the above, plus humility, patience, dedication to you (our clients) and loyalty to Offshore Sailing School (the company). Here are the special people that deliver “exceeded my expectations” comments on almost every evaluation we receive back from our clients. If you would like to join our faculty, please see Employment Opportunities.

 

“Instructors I have encountered in the sailing world have been very good, but those with the Offshore Sailing School have been the best. The curriculum development with Offshore advances their instructors to the highest level. The Offshore instructors are following a well thought-out script.”

John Klebba – Lakewood, CO

 

 

MIKE DEWANE(20a)_6.31_OurFaculty_MikeDewane_465x700

Regional Manager

Florida

Mike began teaching part time at Offshore Sailing School several years ago and quickly moved to full time Senior Instructor at our Captiva Island and Ft. Myers Beach, Florida locations. In July 2015 he moved to New Jersey to manage our Liberty Landing Marina and Pier 25 school and club in New York Harbor. Mike started sailing on Lightning class sailboats on Lake Champlain, raced on several classes on San Francisco Bay, and competed in the 2009 Lightning Class Masters World Championships. He holds a US Coast Guard license, US Sailing instructor certifications, and enjoys cruising Atlantic and Gulf coasts. In 2014 he was voted MVP for his contribution to the success of Offshore Sailing School’s Performance Race Week, held annual with North U. in April.

 

BRIAN VAN LEEUWEN

(7a)_6.31_OurFaculty_BrianVanLeeuwen_465x700

Manager

Caribbean

A Florida native, Brian has been a member of the Offshore Sailing School team since 2005. He started racing dinghies at 11 and has enjoyed sailing and power boating in Southwest Florida ever since. Brian graduated from the University of Florida, is a licensed U.S. Coast Guard Captain and certified US Sailing instructor. He teaches all Offshore Sailing School courses – from Learn to Sail, Performance Sailing and Racing, to cruising and passage making courses on monohulls and catamarans. He was manager of Captiva Island and Ft. Myers Beach, Florida campuses prior to moving to the British Virgin Islands, and has taught at all Offshore Sailing School locations.

 

 

 

SUZANNAH BULKLEYsuzannah-Bulkley465x700

Instructor

Florida

Suzy grew up sailing Lasers, Toppers and Optimists in the Gulf of Oman, and crusing on her father’s Tellstar 28 trimarans in the Gulf and Indian Ocean. In her teens she crewed in the Oman Hobie Nationals, and raced 420s on her high school sailing team in the United Kingdom. Suzy has a biology degree, majoring in Marine Science at Newcastle University. She took a comprehensive 6-week training program at the United Kingdom Sailing Academy on the Isle of White to work on charter vessels, and has an extensive sailing resume crewing in the Mediterranean, California to Mexico, Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez. While in California she coached sailing in a summer camp program. Suzy joined Offshore in 2015 as a sales associate and quickly moved to teaching. She holds US Sailing instructor certifications at the cruising level.

 

CORY CROWNER

*

*

Instructor

Florida and British Virgin Islands

Cory became comfortable on small keelboats at an early age, slowly moving up to cruising class yachts with his father. In 2008 he began working with the American Sail Training Association (ASTA) on Tall Ships on square-riggers and schooners, working his way up from deckhand to officer while studying traditional seamanship, navigation and teambuilding techniques. He has sailed to a dozen countries including an Atlantic crossing, the Panama Canal and all of the Great Lakes. Cory holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100 ton Near Coastal Captain’s license with STCW and Sailing endorsements and US Sailing Keelboat, Cruising, Bareboat and Coastal Navigation instructor certifications.

 

NEIL DEVINE

(21a)_6.31_OurFaculty_NeilDevine_465x700

Instructor

British Virgin Islands

Before joining Offshore in 2013 Neil was senior instructor at UK’s Commodore Yachting, one of the largest sea schools on England’s south coast. He is a qualified Royal Yachting Association Yachtmaster Instructor and has many years’ experience teaching all levels of sailing, including working with private clients on larger yachts in the Mediterranean. He spent over a decade as Navigator in the Royal Air Force flying jets in excess of 500 miles per hour. Neil has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture and when not sailing, he is an avid film enthusiast and spends his spare time writing thrillers.

 

 

 

RANDON FINKELSTEINRandon-Finkelstein_465x700

Instructor

Florida

Randon is from Kingsland, Texas where he learned to sail with his father, and held various jobs as a CPR Certified lifeguard, and learned to communicate in Japanese while working at restaurants there. He is an avid sailor with  US Sailing instructor certifications through cruising and navigation levels. Randon joined Offshore in August 2015 and teaches learn to sail and cruising courses on monohulls and catamarans.

 

 

RICK HINMAN

(22a)_6.31_OurFaculty_RickHinman_465x700

Instructor

Florida

Rick joined Offshore Sailing School in January 2012 and teaches at Offshore’s Southwest Florida campuses. He started sailing at 10 on Lake Michigan. In the early 80’s, Rick lived in Southern California where he raced his J24 up and down the California coast, and 10 years later had the good fortune to race in the North Americas. Rick has three grown children attending college. After owning a wine import and distribution company in Colorado, he relocated to Fort Myers, FL to follow his passion to teach sailing. Rick holds a U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s License and is a US Sailing certified instructor.

 

 

 

STEVE HUFF

Instructor

Florida

Steve joined Offshore Sailing School as an instructor in November 2014 after moving from California where he worked as a Sailing Instructor, Charter boat Captain, and manager of a Sailing School and Charter company. He holds a USCG 50GT license including a Sail and Towing license and is a US Sailing certified instructor. Steve has also worked as a Harbor Patrolman on Catalina Island. He sailed Southern California waters for 40 years, living aboard his Beneteau 473.

 

 

 

FOLKERT JONGKIND(9a)_6.31_OurFaculty_FolkertJongkind_465x700

Instructor

British Virgin Islands

Born and raised in the Netherlands, sailing was an obvious but casual hobby for Folkert. In 2006 he turned his hobby into a fulltime profession. Teaching on the Solent on England’s south coast. Seasonal work took him all over Europe and the Caribbean; a year in the British Virgin Islands, then back to the Solent for two more years; and deliveries in the Bay of Biscay, English Channel and Atlantic Ocean. The BVI beckoned with sunshine, good wind, great people, and a great opportunity to work with Offshore Sailing School! Folkert holds Royal Yachting Association and US Sailing instructor certifications.

 

 

 

CHARLOTTE MATTHEWSCharlotte_Matthews

 

Instructor

British Virgin Islands

Charlotte grew up in New York City sailing on her family’s Seafarer 31, then dinghies and PHRF regattas at the national level at her yacht club. She began as a volunteer sailing instructor at age 14, ran a junior sailing program at 17, and during college taught in youth and adult sailing programs. Charlotte has captained day charter boats, and delivered yachts between the BVI and Newport, Rhode Island. She holds a USCG 100 GT license with sail endorsement, as well as US Sailing instructor certifications from Small boat to Coastal Navigation.

 

 

JOELLE PETERSEN(14a)_6.31_OurFaculty_JoellePetersen_465x700

Instructor

Florida and British Virgin Islands

Originally from Minnesota, Joelle spent 16 years of her adult life in Europe. An avid world traveler, she has raced and cruised the North Sea, Baltic, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Sydney Harbor, Whitsundays, Lake Superior and San Francisco Bay. In Brussels, she was Commodore of the Brussels International Sailing Club. She holds US Sailing instructor certification, RYA Yachtmaster, RYA Cruising Instructor, STCW95 and U.S. Coast Guard credentials and a Private Pilot Certificate. At Offshore, Joelle speaks German as a second language. In her free time she enjoys sailing her Laser, flying, playing the violin and SCUBA diving.

 

 

ANDY RYNER

Fleet Maintenance TechnicianAndy-Ryner_199x300

Florida

Andy sailed for more than forty years on the great lakes, and has sailed in Florida since moving there in 2012. He has raced on various sailboats in a variety of races including several Port Huron to Mackinac Races and Chicago to Mackinac Races, as well as weekly sail club races. Andy has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and holds Marine Mechanic Certification.

 

 

 

 

BARBARA STETSON(4a)_6.31_OurFaculty_BarbaraStetson_465x700

Instructor

At Large

Barbara raced in the Junior Yacht Racing Association program on Long Island Sound as a teenager and represented her yacht club at Midget and Girls’ Championships. She was Commodore of the St. Barts Community Club Sailing Committee, skippering a 34′ Sabre on the Sound. Barbara has extensive chartering experience in the Caribbean, Chesapeake, Lake Champlain and Tahiti. She has taught at Offshore since 1995, is a US Sailing certified instructor, holds a U.S. Coast Guard license and has contributed articles for Sail magazine.

 

 

 

MARK TURNER(18a)_6.31_OurFaculty_MarkTurner_465x700

Instructor

British Virgin Islands

Born in the UK, Mark holds a U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s License, STCW95 Certification, US Sailing instructor certification and is a certified open water Scuba Diver. He moved to Fleet Service Director from Florida regional manager in 2013 and continues to enjoy sharing his passion for sailing with students when he is called to teach. Mark has sailed along the California coast, Florida Gulf, in the Atlantic, and Caribbean. In his free time, he cruises on his own boat, from Tampa Bay to the Florida Keys, and in the Caribbean.

 

 

 

KATARINA (KAT) VAN ZEE(15a)_6.31_OurFaculty_KatarinaVanZee_465x700

Instructor

At Large

Since 2005 Kat has brought to Offshore extensive experience in outdoor education, facilitation and experiential learning. She holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100 ton Master license with sailing endorsement, and US Sailing Certified Instructor certification. Kat has raced Colgate 26s and Tartan 10s, and has chartered in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Aegean, Adriatic, Baltic, Sea of Cortez, Indian Ocean, Gulf of Thailand, South Pacific, Great Lakes, and Alaska. When not teaching at Offshore, you can find her sailing tourists around New York Harbor on the 80′ schooner Adirondack.

 

 

JEFF WERNER(12a)_6.31_OurFaculty_JeffWerner_465x700

Instructor

Florida

Key West’s warm weather and sailing lured Jeff from the Midwest where he learned to sail at the University of Michigan. In 1992 he got his U.S. Coast Guard Master’s license, and followed Caribbean breezes to St. Lucia to manage Offshore’s Windward Islands campus. Jeff has done two Atlantic crossings under sail and worked professionally throughout the Western Mediterranean, Caribbean, Bahamas, and Eastern Seaboard, Gulf of Mexico and Great Lakes, operating private and charter motor and sailing yachts. Jeff holds US Sailing instructor certification and is Offshore’s lead celestial instructor.

 

 

 

JACEK WIERZBICKI(11a)_6.31_OurFaculty_JacekWierzbicki_465x700

Instructor

SW Florida

Jacek started in Optimist prams at age 8, racing at St. Petersburg Sailing Center. In 1998 he competed at High School Nationals in New London, CT in Laser full rigs; then helped Florida Atlantic University’s racing program gain recognition through solid results skippering 420s and FJs. He cruised often with his parents on their 42’ Gulfstar, taught sailing in San Diego, delivered sailboats and worked for 10 years at a Caribbean nautical guide publishing company. Jacek holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100 ton Master Captain’s license and US Sailing instructor certifications. He is fluent in Spanish and Polish. Jacek currently runs a charter yacht in the islands and works parttime for Offshore.

 

 

JACK HARRIS YAEGERJack-Yaeger-Offshore-Sailing-School-Instructor

Instructor

Florida

Jack grew up in North Carolina sailing Hobie cats, sunfish and Flying Scots. When he was seventeen years old he began working as a sailing instructor, teaching mostly children from ages seven to eighteen. He has been teaching, moving boats and racing seasonally ever since. Jack started working for Offshore after going to business school at the University of North Carolina. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard captain’s license and US Sailing Instructor certification.

 

 

Sign Up For A Course Today

Call 888-454-7015 or 239-454-1700
Email Sail@OffshoreSailing.com

Content

Please leave this field empty.