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For 2014, our roster of instructors will grow again, with five returning from last summer, and several new instructors. All of our instructors this year are once again products of the SLSC.  Instructors for 2014 are listed below.

 Keira Webster (Head Instructor & CanSail 3/4)

KeiraI am thrilled to be returning to SLSC this summer!! I’m sure that everyone can agree this has been a long and horrible winter. I don’t think I’ve ever seen SO much snow especially in Montreal where I go to school. The thought of warm temperatures, sailing and the cottage is keeping me motivated! As returning head instructor this summer, I am in the enviable position of having had the winter months to think about exciting new plans and activities for SLSC 2014. This year our team continues to grow with a total of eight instructors. We have a fabulous group to lead us and I am confident this will be a year to remember!

A bit about myself: I am halfway through my final year at McGill University (eek!). I am studying Urban Systems and Environment. While I find my studies very interesting, sailing club will be a much needed break. I’ve managed to continue sailing throughout the school year with the McGill University Sailing Team. It has been a lot of fun sailing at schools across Canada and the United States. I’ve also had the opportunity to compete against other SLSC alum on the university sailing circuit. Apart from sailing, some of my other interests include singing, acting, yoga and running!

See you soon!

Favourite Morning Game:Shtaaa
Favourite SLSC Dance:Hawaiian
Favourite Fun Day:Balloon Day
Favourite Musician:this changes sporadically but for now HAIM 
Favourite Childhood Movie:UP!!
Favourite Meal:any meal is a good meal with potatoes
Item that you would bring with you on a deserted island:a water filter
Person (real or fictional) that you would bring on a deserted island:Ellen Degeneres – It would be hilarious and people would definitely notice she was missing!
Which SLSC instructor would be most likely to survive on a deserted island?John

 

Owen Thomas (CanSail 5/6)

Owen is currently going into his 4th year as an instructor at SLSC. Every year has been a learning experience and an action packed adventure and this up coming one will be no exception! Owen looks forward to stepping up his instructor game by taking charge of the Race Team. After a long year deep into his studies at Dalhousie University, Owen is counting down the days until he is able to yell “flag raising” for the first time. Apart from his love of sailing, Owen has recently developed a passion for horticulture and landscape construction and will gladly be able to assist in any odd jobs around the yard.
Favourite Morning Game:Giants Wizards and Elves
Favourite SLSC Dance:Non Gala Gala
Favourite Fun Day:Poker Day
Favourite Musician:Cherub
Favourite Childhood Movie:Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with an honorable mention to Brave Little Toaster
Favourite Meal:Pogos with a side of ketchup
Item and person (real or fictional) that you would bring with you on a deserted island:Item: A copy of “How to Survive on a Desert Island by Yourself for Dummies”; Person: Jack Bauer, no explanation needed
Which SLSC instructor would be most likely to survive on a deserted island?Minkey, he seems to know a lot about things especially survival on island

John Gilchrist (CanSail 3/4)

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I’m really psyched to be coming back to teach at Sturgeon this summer.  It’s been a long, cold winter, and I’m desperately missing SLSC.  I’ll be teaching CANSail 3/4, two of my favourite levels from when I was sailing, so I’m very excited to get started.

In my spare time I like to play Ping-Pong, watch House of Cards, spend time with my dog, Dooly, and cheer on all of my hometown sports teams, namely the Toronto Maple Leafs (Erik’s worst nightmare).  I’m looking forward to playing some modified frisbee with the instructors, and all of the good times that the summer will bring!

Favourite Morning Game:The Ladder Game
Favourite SLSC Dance:Pajama Dance
Favourite Fun Day:Fruit Olympics
Favourite Musician:This changes all the time, but right now it’s the Weeknd
Favourite Childhood Movie:Lady and the Tramp
Favourite Meal:Seared Steak sandwich with caramelized onions from Black Camel in Toronto
Item and person (real or fictional) that you would bring with you on a deserted island:Bug spray and Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen
Which SLSC instructor would be most likely to survive on a deserted island?Most likely Megan, because she packs a surprisingly hard right hook

Claire Lourie (CanSail 2)

Claire Lourie PhotoI am so excited to be returning to the sailing club this summer. It has been a long, cold winter and I could not be happier that it has come to an end. I spent the fall/ winter studying environmental geography at the University of Guelph. This is my fourth year as an instructor at SLSC and I will be teaching CANSail 2. A couple of my other interests, apart from sailing, include rugby, yoga and pretty much every social media outlet.

 

 

Favourite Morning Game:Captains Coming
Favourite SLSC Dance:the boy/girl dance
Favourite Fun Day:Fruit Olympics
Favourite Musician:Hozier
Favourite Childhood Movie:Emperors New Groove
Favourite Meal:can never get enough sushi
Item and person (real or fictional) that you would bring with you on a deserted island:I would bring a water filter
Which SLSC instructor would be most likely to survive on a deserted island?Erik

Erik Nyhuus (CanSail 1/2)

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I’m absolutely thrilled to be returning to Sturgeon for my sophomore year of instructing! I’ve spent the past school year cooped up in my new home in Halifax, studying environmental studies at Dalhousie University, and doing what I can to survive this cruel, sailing-less winter. In my free time I play guitar in a dream-bro-rock-collective, read long and confusing books, take walks on the beach at sunrise, and cheer on the Ottawa Senators.

I’ll be coaching the CANSail 2s and lending a hand with the new racing programs Sturgeon is setting up! So stoked to be back on the lake with my fellow instructors and a fresh group of sailors! See you all soon. Booya.

Favourite Morning Game:British
Favourite SLSC Dance:Sweetheart <3
Favourite Fun Day:Fruit Olympics
Favourite Musician:Gnarwhalz, of course
Favourite Childhood Movie:The Empire Strikes Back!
Favourite Meal:Steak and Lobster with some scallops and shrimp with a burger and some onion rings and a big vanilla milk shake!
Item and person (real or fictional) that you would bring with you on a deserted island:An acoustic guitar and Andrew WK; he’d maintain a positive mood in a stressful time.
Which SLSC instructor would be most likely to survive on a deserted island?Everyone… except maybe John?

Michael Robson (CanSail 1/2 – July)

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Sailing has become a huge part of my life since I started at SLSC. I’m a first time instructor who will be going into university this fall. I have been sailing for 8 years and have been a part of the race team at SLSC. I am extremely looking forward to this summer and hope to pass on my love of sailing to my students.  Sailing over the past few summers has been a great experience and this summer I look forward to working with my fellow instructors to make this summer the most fun it can be.

Favourite Morning Game:Buggies
Favourite SLSC Dance:Disco
Favourite Fun Day:Treasure Hunt Day
Favourite Musician:
Favourite Childhood Movie:The Lion King
Favourite Meal:Veal Sandwich from California Sandwiches
Item and person (real or fictional) that you would bring with you on a deserted island:Genie’s Lamp for the 3 wishes and Captain Jack Sparrow
Which SLSC instructor would be most likely to survive on a deserted island?:Erik Nyhuus, that guy is resourceful

Graeme Shea (CanSail 1/2 – August)

I am an 18 year old from Canmore, Alberta. I am just finishing High School and am looking at a career in either business or engineering. I play many competitive sports outside of sailing including badminton, soccer, volleyball and skiing. Enjoy whatever I am doing!

Expectations about the summer: To instruct young sailors and win some races. Have lots of fun and make memories.

Favourite Morning Game:Captain’s Coming
Favourite SLSC Dance:Disco!
Favourite Fun Day:Fruit Olympics or Verulam
Favourite Musician:Avicii
Favourite Childhood Movie:Wayne’s World
Favourite Meal:Eggo waffles with maple syrup
Item and person (real or fictional) that you would bring with you on a deserted island:Bear Grills and a helicopter (duh)
Which SLSC instructor would be most likely to survive on a deserted island?Michael (doesn’t need to eat much)

Jacob Webster (CanSail Chutes & Wires / Jr. Race Program Coach)

Jacob WMy name is Jacob Webster, and I am going to be teaching the CanSail Chutes & Wires program this summer as working with the junior afternoon race programs. I have been sailing at the SLSC since I was 7, and am extremely excited to teach this summer. I have a lot of passion for the sport and hope to convey that passion to younger sailors. Currently, I am a grade 12 student at St. Michael’s College School in Toronto and look forward to getting out of the classroom and onto the water. I’m a huge sports fan and follow football and hockey very closely (Go Leafs Go). I am extremely excited to be teaching at the SLSC this summer and hope to make this summer an extremely memorable one.

Favourite Morning Game:British
Favourite SLSC Dance:Pajama
Favourite Fun Day:Fruit Olympics
Favourite Musician:I like all music really, but right now it’s probably Jay Z
Favourite Childhood Movie:Toy Story
Favourite Meal:Either Pad Thai or Ribs.
Item and person (real or fictional) that you would bring with you on a deserted island:After much deliberation, I am going to pick a survival knife or swiss army knife, because I think its versatility would come in handy; I was going to pick Les Stroud the survivalist from the show Survivorman until I heard that we could pick fictional characters. With this in mind I would pick Gandalf the White for his wisdom and magical abilities.
Which SLSC instructor would be most likely to survive on a deserted island?I think Keira, Owen, Claire, Erik, Cameron, and Megan could all survive for a long time.

Megan Thomas (Wet Feet)

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Cameron Riegel (Volunteer Outreach Coach)

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Favourite Morning Game:British
Favourite SLSC Dance:Disco
Favourite Fun Day:Fruit Olympics
Favourite Musician:Phoenix
Favourite Childhood Movie:Toy Story
Favourite Meal:summer sausage and cheesebread sandwich, a cottage classic for me
Item and person (real or fictional) that you would bring with you on a deserted island:iPod & Neil Patrick Harris
Which SLSC instructor would be most likely to survive on a deserted island?John, his huge muscles would be really helpful