2015 High School Sailing Instructors
Our program is taught by U.S. Sailing certified instructors who are also certified in CPR, First Aid, and water related safety procedures.
Michael Hanson- A native of Deephaven, Minnesota. Michael graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a BA in English and has coached sailing for the past six years in Minnesota, Hawaii and California. Michael served as the Optimist Race Coach for two summers before taking the Head Coach position last year.
William Petersen- A Marina Del Rey local and graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a BA in Travel Industry Management. Will has competed in the Sabot, Optimist, CFJ, 420, Laser, 29er, and various offshore keel boats. Will is a boat broker at Denison Yacht Sales and serves as the High School Sailing coach.
Sean Dougherty - A Venice High School graduate, Sean came up through the Del Rey Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program, where he competed in Sabbots, FJ's, 420's, Lasers and 29ers. Sean is a boat broker at Dennison Yacht Sales and coaches Optimist Dinghies, FJ's, and 420's.