Executive Director Wayzata Community Sailing Center

Matthew Thompson

US Sailing Level 3 Coach, Level 3 Coach Trainer
Executive Director, WCSC

Thompson is a graduate of the WCSC program, he has sailed with WCSC for over 22 years and has been instructing at WCSC since 2007. Matthew has qualified and attended Collegiate Single-handed Nationals in 2009 & 2010, the Co-Ed National Semi-Final in 2009, 2010, & 2011, and the inaugural Collegiate Match Racing Championship in 2010. An accomplished Laser sailor, his sailing now focuses primarily on windsurfing in his free time, alongside competing in J22 and match racing events. Thompson and his team placed 19th at his first world championship event this year in Kingston Ontario, and he’s looking forward to more!

About Our Youth Leaders

US Sailing Certifications

Wayzata Community Sailing Center on the water staff are US Sailing Certified Instructors. Coaches range from Level 1 Instructors to Instructor & Coach Trainers. Certification entails more than just sailing skill. This ensures safety and a positive learning experience in tandem with expert sailing knowledge.
US Sailing Certifications


Sailing at all levels

Our instructors primary responsibility is to create a safe & fun learning environment for our sailors. We are accessible to those who wish to learn basics, attend camps, cruise, or race competitively.

From the programs

Most WCSC instructors have grown through our programs beginning as young children in Pram camps or even starting as college competitors. What joins us is a passion for passing on sailing at our one of a kind sailing center.


We Create Fun

At the core of our sailing programs we make sure to “enjoy the ride.”

Camp Instructors

Matthew Zupon
US Sailing Level 3 Coach

Dane Pedersen
US Sailing Level 3 Coach

McKenna Miller
US Sailing Level 1 Instructor

Brianna Misk
US Sailing Level 1 Instructor

Joey Simpson
US Sailing Level 1
Sophia Noreen
US Sailing Level 1

Katie Krauska
US Sailing Level 1

All Camp Float Instructor:
Helen McDonnell
US Sailing Level 1

Waterfront Coordinator
TBA

Adventure Instructors

Ben Chafee
US Sailing Level 3 Coach
Charlie Hicks
US Sailing Level 3 Coach
Andrea Porter
BS Biology
MS Education Candidate
US Sailing Level 1 Instructor

Maggie Houtz
US Sailing Level 1 Instructor

Racing Coaches

Matthew Thompson
US Sailing Level 3 Coach

Matthew Zupon
US Sailing Level 1 Coach

Benjamin Chafee
US Sailing Level 2 Instructor

Lars Hansen
Guru in residence

Ben Chafee
US Sailing Level 3 Coach

Maggie Houtz
US Sailing Level 1Instructor

Matthew Zupon
US Sailing Level 3 Coach
Dane Pedersen
US Sailing Level 3 Coach
Matthew Thompson
US Sailing Level 3 Coach Trainer

Specialty Instructors

As assigned upon booking. Contact us and we’ll make you the perfect match!
As assigned upon booking. Contact us and we’ll make you the perfect match!
As assigned upon booking. Contact us and we’ll make you the perfect match!
Adaptive Director
Ernest Brody

Instructors
Ernest Brody
Other TBA