Noah Wolters is a two time Butterfly Junior National Champion, Butterfly Open Division National Champion, two time Western Michigan Yachting Assocation Butterfly winner, and High School 420 Championship qualifier.
I am a personable guy who loves teaching kids the art of sailing! I have been sailing ever since I can remember. The first boat I sailed by myself was an optimist. I sailed the opti for about a year, and then I moved up to an old butterfly we found in the woods. I named it “banana boat” ...due to the bright yellow deck. This boat brought me to many national regattas, where I struggled to be in the top. Over a few years, I worked my way from the bottom of the fleet to about mid fleet. One year (the year I got my brother’s newer boat) something clicked, and I placed second at the butterfly nationals, and 2nd at the WMYA Western Michigan Yachting Association regatta. After those top finishes, I threw myself into training and researching sailing. I pushed myself to be the best I could, but I also owe my sailing accomplishments to my awesome instructors.
Charlie will also be returning this summer, and he is aqcuiring his US sailing Level 1 instructor certification. He grew up sailing on Spring Lake and has been sailing most of his life. Charlie is a Western Michigan Butterfly Champion and was Top Junior Champion at MC Blue Chip. He also crewed on the winning E scow at the Michigan Invite held on Lake Charlevoix. This summer he will be a lead racing instructor helping our young racers sharpen their skills and expand their racing stratigies.
Lilly Saunders, another returning instructor, will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall Majoring in English on her path to law school. She was introduced to sailing at a very young age, crewing for her dad at the weekend regattas. This will be her fourth summer instructing. She loves working with kids and primarily instructs the beginning level classes, but this summer Lilly will also be training new racers in our racing skills course. Lilly has participated in many regattas, placing top 20 in both Butterfly Nationals and Westerns. Lilly's passion for sailing and desire to give back to the community has allowed her to pursue of one of her favorite hobbies, as well as teach it to others.