John learned to sail from his future wife Sue when he was seventeen years old. He was more interested in the woman than sailing, but Sue’s enthusiasm for the sport was contagious and soon John was racing collegiately in Flying Juniors and crewing foredeck on a Pearson 26 during the summers.
After moving to Michigan in 1980, John crewed on a Tartan 37. Canadian Olympian Colin Park introduced John to Lightning sailing in 1983 which soon took over John’s interest. John has raced in the North American Championship races for Lightnings and J22’s. Recently, he has begun to race Interlakes at Grand Traverse Yacht Club.
He and Sue are the proud owners of “Inspiration” a Catalina 309 which they dock at Bowers Harbor Yacht Club, close to their home on Old Mission Peninsula. They enjoy cruising on the Great Lakes and have also sailed in BVI and Key West. John is a USCG Master Captain NCW and is certified to teach ASA 101, 103, 104. He loves to teach and looks forward to teaching students of all experience and abilities.