Opti Class - The Optimist is a small, single-handed, one person sailing dinghy intended for use by children up to the age of 15. Sailing an Optimist is a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of sailing and begin a lifelong love of sailing through understanding the foundations of the sport. Students of all levels and abilities are encouraged to take this class.

X-Boat Racing Class - The X-Boat is a 16 foot sailing dinghy designed as a safe, uncomplicated, junior trainer for evolving sailors. This hard-chined, pointed bow centerboard boat is the only non-scow governed by the Inland Lake Yachting Association and enjoys a healthy racing class in the ILYA, as well as offers a competitive experience for sailors.

X-Boat Racing Series - This class offers X Boat Sailors a competitive club racing experience on a weekly basis. Races offer a chance weekly, as well as cumulatively during the season to display competitive achievements.

Kinder Pram Program - Our Kinder Pram program is designed to introduce young children (ages 4+, or at the discretion of the parent) to the love of sailing. Children are guided through the basics of sailing in an environment of fun, safety and enjoyment of the water. The Optimist dinghy is used for the experience, with multiple children per boat. The goal of the program is to nurture the love of sailing and water and prepare children to evolve into a regular Optimist class when age appropriate.

Meet Our Instructors

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Hi, my name is Alyse Compall and I love teaching sailing at Delavan. I am currently a teacher, so I enjoy spending my summers helping younger students learn how to sail. My favorite part about teaching sailing is watching the younger students look forward to sailing and how they grow excited when they are able to do something they have been working on. I currently skip my own C Scow on Delavan and am part of an E Scow team as well. I am looking forward to working with the sailors this year.

Hi, my name is Charlie Kutschenreuter and I am incredibly excited for my third year as an instructor at the Delavan Lake Sailing School. I grew up on Lake Beulah and sailing has been a passion of mine since I was first put in an Opti when I was five years old. After a couple of years racing in Optis I then began to crew and eventually skipper my own X-boat. The next step in my progression was the C scow which I have been sailing since I aged out of the X-boat. I am also a current member of the UW-Madison Sailing team where I sail lasers, 420s, and FJs across the country. Throughout these numerous sailing endeavors, I have acquired vast amounts of racing knowledge which I use to help teach and develop young sailors through coaching.

I grew up with two older brothers who were and continue to be excellent sailors. They have combined for multiple inland championships, sailed around the world, and my brother Joe was even named a collegiate all-American. Needless to say sailing runs in the family and that I have been coached and mentored by the best since I first started in Optis. I have coached sailing for four years prior to this one and have gained a lot of valuable experience about the best ways to teach young sailors how to compete and take their sailing to the next level while still having fun.

I truly love the sport of sailing, and some of my best memories and friends have been made both on and off the water at regattas and practice. I am looking forward to teaching advanced racing tactics and strategy that will be used on the racecourse. But even more than that, I am excited to get to know all of you personally and have a blast sailing this summer at the Delavan Lake Sailing School

Hi, my name is Allison Marozza and I am super excited about being your coach this year! This fall, I will attend the University of Michigan and join the University of Michigan Sailing Team! When I was five years old, I took my first ride on my Opti sailboat and loved it ever since. Throughout the years, I have sailed an Opti, X-Boat, C-Boat, and E-Boat. Growing up as a sailor on Delavan Lake has taught me so many things regarding wind shifts and patterns. Thanks to my well-qualified coaches, I received eminent awards and accomplished many of my goals. I have a special place in my heart for Delavan Lake, since this is where I spent my summers sailing. This is going to be my fourth year of being a coach at the Delavan Lake Sailing School to teach the Optimist and X-Boat sailors. I cannot wait to meet my new students this year! My best advice for new sailors is to gain the courage to try different techniques and to practice new skills! Being a good sailor is great, but being your own unique sailor is what makes you thrive! I’m looking forward to a great summer!

Hi, my name is Matt Ahmann, I am extremely excited for my first year of coaching. This will be my fourth year sailing at Delavan Lake. I have sailed on an X-boat, E-boat, and an A-boat. This year I am going to be sailing on a C-boat and E-boat. I look forward to helping inspire students to love sailing.

Hello, my name is John Barr and I am extremely excited for my first year as an instructor at the Delavan Lake Sailing School. I began sailing Opti's at the age of five on Lake Beulah. I immediately fell in love with sailing at a young age and it has been a passion of mine ever since. Once I grew out of Opti's I advanced on to X-boats in which I had a successful career before aging out. I now co-skipper a C scow with my dad. After sailing for ten plus years and receiving amazing coaching from countless great instructors, I feel I have obtained enough racing knowledge to pass on to young sailors. The sport of sailing has given me many fantastic memories both on and off the water and I couldn't imagine spending my summers in any other way. I look forward to working with all the students at Delavan Lake Sailing School to enhance their racing skills and their love for the sport of sailing.

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