Instructors

This year we have some returning instructors and some new faces. Plus, we are doing some job sharing to enable more of our local sailors to get some teaching experience. Adele DesBrisay is our head instructor and will be a roving instructor helping out groups that have a large enrollment. Kate Gilchrist is the assistant head and the Wet Feet instructor. Margaret Wilkins is the CANSail 5/6 instructor and the Senior Race Team Coach. Matt Newhouse is the CANSail 4 instructor. Sophie Heldman will be teaching CANSail 3 and Madeleine DesBrisay CANSail 2. Alison Sears, Molly-Rose Ramsay and Jack DesBrisay are CANSail 1/2 instructors in July. Scarlett Farr and Meg Gilchrist are CANSail 1/2 instructors in August.

Adele DesBrisay – Head Instructor

I’ve just completed my second year at McGill in the school of environment. As a west coast kid, I’m still not used to having bodies of water freeze over for the winter (who knew the rest of Canada was cold?) and this summer can’t come quickly enough. I’m so excited to get back out on the water and to be working with such a fabulous instructor team, this time as head instructor.

My go-to procrastination methods include practicing the Sporcle countries of the world quiz, purposefully disconnecting from the internet to play the google chrome dinosaur game, and competing in McGill’s intramural inner-tube water polo circuit (#RealSports)

Favourite meal: anything with avocados, chickpeas, or 70% chocolate (although preferably not in combination with the other two)
Best sailing memory: pretty much anything involving a ton of wind is a fond memory (shoutout to the Wiseners for taking me out on their Nacra — 10/10 experience, would recommend)
Favourite morning game: captain’s coming and buggies
Favourite Country Cupboard frozen yogurt flavour: raspberry
Does your toilet paper sit with the end over or under the roll? if it’s on the wall, definitely over because it prevents unnecessary knuckle-against-wall scraping, but it it’s on some form of stand, I’m not picky.
Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses or one horse-sized duck? Definitely duck-sized horses. First off, ducks can walk, swim, AND fly. THEY HAVE NO WEAKNESS. Imagine having a horse-sized duck fly at you — it’d be terrifying. I also watched a youtube video on ducks a couple years ago and ever since then I’ve found them a little intimidating.

Kate Gilchrist – Wet Feet & Assistant Head

I could not be more excited to spend my first summer teaching at SLSC as the Wet Feet and Assistant Head instructor! I just finished my first year at Queen’s University in the Con-Ed program, and the only thing that got me through my exams was knowing that my summer would be filled with fun days, raft wars, morning games, fun days, and lots of sailing! I can hardly wait for sailing club to start, and I know this summer is going to be the best one yet!

Favourite meal: Does ice cream cake count as a meal?
Best sailing memory: My favourite sailing moment would be when my cousin Madeleine and I tied for the prestigious Crandella (we were the only two who competed)
Favourite morning game: Sardines
Favourite Country Cupboard frozen yogurt flavour: I go to the country cupboard so frequently that the people who work there know that my favourite flavour is raspberry is a waffle cone
Does your toilet paper sit with the end over or under the roll? I like to have my toilet paper sit under the roll for sure
Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses or one horse-sized duck? Former President Barack Obama and I both agree that we would rather fight one horse sized duck

Margaret Wilkins – CANSail 5 & 6 Senior Race Coach

Hello everyone! My name is Margaret and I am the CANSail 5/6 instructor and the Senior Race Team Coach! I am so excited to return for my twelfth year at club, and second year coaching. Last year, I was a member of the Ontario Sailing Team so I am very enthusiastic about sharing my knowledge and experience! In my spare time, I enjoy designing clothes, sewing, mediocrely playing badminton, cleaning, and organizing my thousands of songs into mood-specific playlists. I can’t wait to get back on the water this summer!!

Favourite meal: Grandma’s mac and cheese
Best sailing memory: Seeing not one, but TWO dolphins at the Midwinters regatta in Miami last year!
Favourite morning game: Prom date
Favourite Country Cupboard frozen yogurt flavour: Raspberry
Does your toilet paper sit with the end over or under the roll? Over (it’s easier to grab)
Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses or one horse-sized duck? 100 duck sized horses because I could definitely kick them out of the way

Matt Newhouse – CANSail 4

What’s up everyone I’m Matthew! Super excited to come to sturgeon for my first time ever! I’ve heard tons of great stories about it and can’t wait to make new memories. I’m from Hamilton and sailed out of RHYC, I’ve been sailing for 8 years and spent the past 2 seasons training and racing on the Ontario sailing team! When I’m not on the water I’m skiing, playing hockey or hanging out with friends! Can’t wait for this summer to start and to meet tons of new people!

Favourite meal: Classic steak and potatoes with broccoli and my grandmas strawberry salad.
Best sailing memory: sailing a 49er after cork last year in Kingston while the sun was setting over the water.
Favourite morning game: drip drip drop because the cold water really wakes you up.
Favourite Country Cupboard frozen yogurt flavour: Never been but excited to pick a favourite!
Does your toilet paper sit with the end over or under the roll? Toilet paper always over the roll because it’s closer to you and nothing gets in the way when you reach for it.
Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses or one horse-sized duck? 100 duck sized horses because they wouldn’t be that scary just overwhelming.

Sophie Heldman – CANSail 3

My name is Sophie Heldman and I am 18 years and I’ve been sailing ever since I was little. I first started sailing in Toronto at TSCC. I started my time at Sturgeon Lake Sailing Club when I was nine. The summers I spent at Sturgeon were some of the best summers of my life. In the fall of 2016, I began sailing 29er at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto. I’ve been racing for the past two years and now I’m finally ready to come back to Sturgeon and continue to have the best time of my life and I’m so excited for what’s to come!

Favourite meal: Anything vegetarian, especially if it has chickpeas!
Best sailing memory: When I first started sailing 29er there is a huge learning curve for boat handling. One of my best ever sailing moments was the first time we nailed a gybe in over 10 knots. Thinking about it still gets me excited today!
Favourite morning game: unpopular opinion: the game is schta is the best.
Favourite Country Cupboard frozen yogurt flavour: Straight raspberry. Always.
Does your toilet paper sit with the end over or under the roll? over no question
Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses or one horse-sized duck? I would fight 100 duck sized horses 100 times before I’d take on one horse sized duck. The sheer size of that thing is enough to take me down. Then you’re pairing that with my irrational fear of birds. I’ll take the 100 miniature horses thank you.

Madeleine DesBrisay – CANSail 2

I am excited to be returning to SLSC this summer as the CANSail 2 instructor! I’m finishing up my final year of highschool in Victoria and heading to UBC next year to study environmental sciences. In my spare time, I like to hang out with my incredibly adorable dog, dance to fiddle music and go camping in the wilderness. I’m looking forward to seeing the Sturgeon family, watching sunsets on the lake, and teaching an incredible group of young sailors!

Favourite meal: my grandma’s chicken noodle soup and grilled cheese
Best sailing memory: Tying the Crandella Cup with my cousin Kate in WetFeet after we predetermined who would win each race
Favourite morning game: captain’s coming
Favourite Country Cupboard frozen yogurt flavour: raspberry
Does your toilet paper sit with the end over or under the roll? definitely over.
Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses or one horse-sized duck? I think I would rather fight one horse sized duck because I’ve always had a bit of an irrational fear of horses.

Alison Sears  – CANSail 1 & 2

Hi everybody! I’m so excited to be back at Sturgeon this summer! I’ll be coaching CanSail 1&2 again and looking forward to seeing everyone on the water! I just finished high school and will be studying biomedical sciences at the University of Calgary in the fall! In my spare time, I enjoy reading, playing music, and biking. See you soon!

Favourite meal: Turkey dinner with thick gravy and whipped potatoes
Best sailing memory: definitely Nacra sailing last summer!
Favourite morning game: molecules
Favourite Country Cupboard frozen yogurt flavour: pineapple raspberry
Does your toilet paper sit with the end over or under the roll? Over of course because it is hanging on a wall
Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses or one horse-sized duck? I would say 100 duck sized horses because a giant duck would be terrifying and could easily knock you out if it got some air.

Molly-Rose Ramsay – CANSail 1 & 2

I’m super excited to be returning to SLSC this summer! I had an incredible time last year in CanSail 1 with Alison so I’m so happy we’ll be together again this summer. I’ve just finished my third year at uni studying Psychology and Sports studies in Scotland. There’s no sailing team at my uni so I’ve been counting down the days until the first day of club when I can get back out on the lake. To pass the time and to prepare myself for the fast-approaching season of raft wars and car pushing, I’ve spent many hours in the gym, fuelled by Disney soundtracks. Hercules is a personal favourite.

Favourite meal: anything gluten and dairy free with prawns
Best sailing memory: taking out our 50+-year-old opti for the first time when I was wee
Favourite morning game: British
Favourite Country Cupboard frozen yogurt flavour: tragically allergic to dairy so I have to pass
Does your toilet paper sit with the end over or under the roll? I still believe my flatmate enjoys watching the entire roll disappear down the toilet so mine is hidden in a box, with the end over the roll.
Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses or one horse-sized duck? 1 horse sized duck

Jack DesBrisay – CANSail 1 & 2

Hi my name is Jack and I am starting my first-year instructing. In my spare time, I like to row, scare people with the amount of food I eat, come up with slang that annoys my sisters (protip it’s not hard), and force people to look at pictures of my dog.

Favourite meal: I’m sort of a quantity over quality kind of guy. As long as there is food and a lot of it, I’m happy.
Best sailing memory: at CORK in 2016, Mathew and I were rounding the windward mark when my hiking strap snapped and I fell backward out of the boat. In a flurry of good sportsmanship, another boat turned around and picked up our lunch that was floating in the water. I may have lost a spin pole, but at least I didn’t lose my sandwich.
Favourite morning game: I wasn’t much of a morning game person until the instructors introduced the incentive of a freezie. My favourite game would have to be British because it was the easiest for me to win and get my freezie.
Favourite Country Cupboard frozen yogurt flavour: It all tastes like chicken to me.
Does your toilet paper sit with the end over or under the roll? This is a heavily debated topic amongst my family. The question depends entirely on whether your toilet paper sits on the wall and your hamstring flexibility. Often toilet paper that’s on the wall gets stuck and its hard to roll when it sits under. When the roll sits over you have less to stretch to reach the roll.
Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses or one horse-sized duck? Definitely a horse size duck. Cause when I take down that thing there is way more meat to feast on. Confit de canard is extremely delicious.

Meg Gilchrist – CANSail 1 & 2

Hi everybody, I’m beyond excited to be teaching CANSail 1 &2 for the month of August! I’m going into my final year at Havergal and I can’t think of a better way to start off my final year of high school! In my free time, I love to play sports, hang out with my dog Dooly, and watch the office!

Favourite meal: Glory bowls
Best sailing memory: Getting a 6th at cork… only to get disqualified
Favourite morning game: Molecules or larry curly moe
Favourite Country Cupboard frozen yogurt flavour: Strawberry
Does your toilet paper sit with the end over or under the roll? Doesn’t matter to me
Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses or one horse-sized duck? 100 duck sized horses for sure.

Scarlett Farr – CANSail 1 & 2

Hi all. My name is Scarlett Farr. Currently, I am a grade 11 student at Greenwood. I love science at school especially biology. In my free time I like watching Netflix, hanging out with my friends and playing with my dog. I’m so pumped to teach CANSail 1&2 this August!!

Favourite meal: My favourite meal is Thai food
Best sailing memory: My favourite sailing moment is rudderless sailing with meg last year
Favourite morning game: My favourite morning game is British
Does your toilet paper sit with the end over or under the roll? I don’t really care how my toilet paper is but I would rather have it end over
Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses or one horse-sized duck? I would rather fight 1 horse sized duck