The 103/104 courses were challenging and educative. We really appreciated how you personalized the learning to make it relevant to each of your students, and adeptly administered to each of our personalities in an inclusive manner. Your sailing history and personal accounts complimented the course content and made it memorable and pertinent. Thank you for sharing your history, knowledge, and skill with us. We will confidently recommend your instruction to others.
Thanks so much for leading us in the intensive Small Boat Instructor Training course this summer. It was indeed intense, and in a good way. It was much more than I expected, with a thorough review and expansion of sailing skills communicated in a personal style that is firm and challenging while at the same time builds confidence with warm and friendly encouragement. The amount of experience you have with students of all ages was plainly evident as you reviewed with us the approaches for teaching the range of students we will encounter, from grade school kids to seniors. But most of all, I appreciate how you embody the joy of sailing. Even with the exhausting schedule, each day I began and ended the day with more eagerness to get back out on the water and try more of what we were learning. Even now as the winter weather comes in, I can’t wait for the spring and the opportunity to get out again and to pass on what I have learned, both the skills and the enthusiasm, to new sailors.
As someone who started to sail later in life, I’m glad that I found the Sail Away Sailing School/Upper Minnetonka Sailing School. Captain Joan and the other certified instructors are truly expert sailors and teachers who enjoy sharing their passion for sailing with students of all ages. The sailing curriculum at the Sail Away Sailing School/Upper Minnetonka Sailing School is based on proven educational objectives of the American Sailing Association, and the instructors emphasize safety, theoretical knowledge of boat handling and sailing conditions, and most importantly, on-the-water performance, in making the sport of sailing accessible to all students. From Lake Minnetonka to the crystal blue waters of the British Virgin Islands, the Sail Away Sailing School/Upper Minnetonka Sailing School makes sailing, racing, and cruising safe and fun!
I had a great time and learned so much about the principles of docking. I am grateful that I could be taught by you. Thank you.. It was a great class and I highly recommend it to anyone.. thank you for your commitment and dedication to teaching us to be better sailors.
Chris did a great job, the weather was perfect and we had the added bonus of no speed boat noise due to the high water levels. I would be interested in finding out more information about future classes.
I’ve been meaning to write and thank you for a great sailing lesson experience. Both Matt and I were impressed by the breadth of your knowledge, diligence and teaching skills. I look forward to seeing you soon to take that gol dern test.
I was just thinking about the docking class in July and wanted to tell you how much I feel I have benefited as a sailor because of it. I feel much more confident now about approaching and departing a dock. You might recall that I planned to charter “Rainbow” for the NLSC Barkers’ Island trip. On the trip, we pulled into a marina just inside the Lift Bridge and docked at a straight dock. When we left, we sprang the bow, just as you taught. Very cool!
Thanks again from Candace & me for the great sailing lessons last week….we both learned a lot and feel much more at ease with our boat on the water. I thought that you were a very good, patient, but firm teacher and appreciated your insights into our boat and how we were handling it.
We wish you the best for the rest of the summer classes and for your continuing work to attract more people to sailing.
…..Patricia, Max and I are having a wonderful time learning to sail and we cannot thank you enough for your calm demeanor, thoughtfulness and expert instruction. We never realized how much fun sailing could be – we’re anxious to take the Basic Cruising ASA-103 course and very happy you’ll be our instructor.
See you this Saturday. I hope we have some good wind behind our sails.
Take Care, DR
I want to thank you for such an incredible experience this past weekend. I have thoroughly enjoyed starting the journey of learning how to sail. You are a phenomenal teacher and the amount of patience you have is quite remarkable.
We had an awesome time with you this weekend. Ryan and I both learned a lot! I hope we get to go sailing with you again soon. You are definitely a great source of knowledge and experience that we can learn from.
ASA 103 & 104 on their 38′ Beneteau on Lake Superior
What I was not prepared for was our instructor, Captain Joan Gilmore. Captain Joan is one of ASA’s best sailing instructors bar none and now I know why. Captain Joan put us through paces reminiscent of my military boot camp days. I think Captain Joan was a drill sergeant in a previous life. To say the least Captain Joan is one of the best instructors I’ve ever known. We knew about our catamaran from top to bottom and inside and out. We could handle those twin screws and snug that cat up to the dock as if we had been sailing a lifetime. I was thoroughly impressed with Joan’s teaching style and will always be grateful for instruction under her watchful eye.
Thanks again for the amazing experience of learning to sail. Even now after we are done I almost don’t even believe it was real. I had such an amazing time and learned so much from you from techniques and terminology to tips and advice. I really appreciate all of your patience during class and making it a wonderful experience for me and the rest of our group. Thanks again for introducing me into this new world of sailing. I’m look forward to many, many years of sailing based on everything we learned in this first class. Hopefully I’ll see you at the race on the 13th and if not, happy sailing in the future!
Feedback from Kevin's students on his amazing skills.
I thoroughly enjoyed the keelboat class that Chris instructed. I was very pleased that Chris had us on the lake almost immediately on the first, and every day. With all of that time on the lake, all the while receiving instruction from Chris, we were able to completely cover the class material. Thank You!
Just back from Abaco, Bahamas, where I spent 5 days on a 36 monohull with one friend. We had a super time, with warm weather, no crowds, and plenty of wind….. Mis-read some markings (actually, a couple of marks were missing) and we ran aground on a falling tide, so we got some experience with kedging off. All-in-all, an excellent trip. …
So many of the things that you taught me during our “refresher course” came in handy, in particular:
-Practice turning the boat under motor
-Amounts of sail to use under different weather conditions
-Heaving to when we needed a break from the action
-Marking the anchor chain, and taking along gardening gloves to handle chain
We would love to take the racing course next summer. Please keep us on your mailing list.