Eddie Hansen Tommy Rorrer Reed Weston
Hi, my name is Korbin Kierstead and I look forward to being the Head X Boat Coach for the 2017 sailing school season. At a young age, I grew up sailing in the Opti and X-boat just as your son or daughter will be. This summer will mark my 13th year sailing and 4th year coaching at the Oshkosh Yacht Club. I currently compete in the 420, Fj, laser, and E scow where I look to further advance my racing skills. I am a Biology and Pre-Med student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as an active member on the UW Sailing Team. As a skipper, I have sailed several collegiate regattas, including Laser Performance Singlehanded Nationals in Galveston, Texas. This year I was honored to receive the MCSA All Conference Co-ed Skipper award. As a Level 1 Certified Instructor, I have learned the most effective ways to ensure my students have fun while also taking part in the great tradition of sailing. I am eager to make 2017 another great year of sailing for all!
Hello! My name is Meg Traska and I attend Oshkosh North High School. I’m super excited to be the Head Opti Coach this sailing season! I’ve been sailing for 7 years, falling in love with it since day one. My mom signed me up for Optis one fateful summer all of those years ago, unsure about how I felt about it. Since then, I haven’t been able to thank my mom enough for the opportunity and fun she has given me. After 2 years of Optis I moved onto the X Boats for 4 years. I currently sail 420s during the summer and during the high school sailing season. I have learned so much from sailing, not just on
water, leadership and team building skills that I can use in an everyday setting, making friendships to last a lifetime along the way. I can’t wait to teach the knowledge I’ve acquired to your son or daughter this summer!
My name is Reed Weston and I will be a junior at Oshkosh West High School this coming fall. I have been sailing at the Oshkosh Yacht Club for eight years and I am excited to become a coach this summer. As a student of the OYC sailing school, I raced the Opti class boat for two years, then went on to sail X-boats for six, competing at regattas across the Midwest. I am also a member of the Oshkosh/Winneconne High School Sailing Team, who competes in high school student only competitions in the spring and fall. I am looking forward to this summer and I am excited to pass my sailing knowledge on to future generations.
(I'm in the black cap and the yellow life jacket. Love being part of the J11 team)
Hello! My name is Jack Sitter, and I will be the Assistant X Boat Instructor this coming summer. I am very excited to work with Korbin Kiersted to make your sons and daughters confident, strong sailors. Born and raised in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, I have had many years sailing experience at the Oshkosh Yacht Club. Beginning my career as a child, I sailed on X Boats and Optimist Dinghy’s. With this I know the ins and outs of the sailboat from both the crew and skipper perspectives. Once my time on the X Boat expired I was taken up by my father to be a full time crew on his E Scow. Now, as a crew for my dad, and as acting Sailing School Instructor, I enjoy my summers out on the water cruising on large Lake Winnebago, and teaching eager students how to sail. I am looking forward to another sun-filled summer with lots of learning and joy!
Hello my name is Adam McAvoy and I will be one of the Opti Instructors this upcoming summer. I got into sailing when I was about 6 or so and loved it from the first moment, and here I am 11 years later still doing it. I sailed in the Opti for several years, crewed and skippered on both the X-boat and 420, and now am a member of the Young Guns E scow. I am very active in other activities such as clubs, school athletics, boy scouts, and other activities. I look forward to a summer spending more time out on the water with our new and returning sailors. I hope to help the kids learn to love the sport as I have come to, and to also develop their skills so they can kick some major butt while also having a wonderful time on the water.
Hello my name is Eddie Hansen. I am currently a Sophomore at Oshkosh North High. I am on both the Fall and Spring sailing teams at North. I am also part of the swim team at North. I started sailing in the 4th grade, and it has been my passion ever since. Growing up I sailed the Open Bic and the Opti. In the summer I spend almost all of my time at the yacht club. Currently I sail X boats, E scows, F16 catamaran and the club 420. I am very excited to get to know all of you! I hope I can give you the opportunities and the knowledge that I had growing up in the sailing world. Most importantly, I hope we have a great summer out on the water!
Hi, my name is Tommy Rorrer. I have been sailing at the Oshkosh Yacht Club since I was eight years old after being introduced by a family friend. I started an Opti beginner class and I immediately fell in the love with the sport. During my time at the Oshkosh Yacht Club, I have sailed as an X-boat skipper, a 420 skipper and on the high school team for several seasons. The Oshkosh Yacht Club has become my second home. Alongside the hard-working men and women at OYC, I have learned honesty, commitment and integrity. I look forward to coaching this summer and sharing my passion with the students of OYC.