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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 sailing 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

 

 

RANDON FINKELSTEINRandon-Finkelstein_465x700

Manager

Ft. Myers Beach, 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.

 

 

BRIAN VAN LEEUWEN

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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.

 

 

 

FOLKERT JONGKIND(9a)_6.31_OurFaculty_FolkertJongkind_465x700

Assistant Manager – Caribbean

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.

 

 

NEIL DEVINE

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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 as a sailing instructor teaching all levels, 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.

 

 

 

MIKE DEWANE(20a)_6.31_OurFaculty_MikeDewane_465x700

Instructor

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 annually with North U. in April.

 

 

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 Master Captain 100 ton 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.

 

 

PATRICK JIROU-NAJOU

Instructor

Florida

Patrick holds all levels of US Sailing instructor Certification: Basic Keelboat, Basic, Cruising, Bareboat Cruising, Coastal Passage Making, Performance Sailing Catamarans, Power Boats and Coastal Navigation and has a US Coast Guard Master 50 Ton license. Born in France, Patrick spent several years teaching sailing in Brittany, then in Los Angeles and Seattle. He has over 30 years of sailing experience, from small crafts to offshore cruising. Patrick is currently based at Captiva Island, Florida and will be heading to the British Virgin Islands when we reopen there in spring 2018.

 

 

 

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 Commercial Pilot Certificate. Joelle speaks German as a second language. In her free time she enjoys sailing her Laser, flying seaplanes, playing the violin and SCUBA diving.

 

 

ANDY RYNER

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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 certified US Sailing 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.

 

 

 

CHEYENNE WARNER

Instructor

Florida

Cheyenne Warner grew up on the island of Antigua where he started sailing when he was 3 years old. He learned on small boats at the local yacht club, and in his teens became a sailing instructor there. At 17 he was introduced to ocean racing, took Royal Yachting Association classes, and became a charter and delivery captain which led him to sailing all over the Caribbean, Europe and the United States. Cheyenne is a U.S. citizen and holds US Sailing Instructor Certification from Basic Keelboat, Cruising to Offshore Sailing; as well as a variety of Royal Yachting Association and Maritime Training Certificates. He teaches all levels of cruising courses for Offshore Sailing School out of Captiva Island, FL.

 

 

 

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

Caribbean

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 occasionally 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. Jack is currently on sabbatical studying for RYA certification.

 

 

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