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Minnesota’s only US Sailing Accredited Sailing Center

US Sailing Certified

Certified instructors ensure safety, fun, and a positive learning experience. And of course, expert sailing knowledge.
US Sailing Certifications

Sailing at all levels

Our primary responsibility is to create a safe & fun learning environment for our sailors. Classes for all levels and interests from basics to racing.

From the programs

Homegrown talent. Most of our instructors are graduates. 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 all our sailing programs is the drive to “enjoy the ride.” Sailing is an incredible sport, but you can’t learn if you’re not smiling!

Matthew Thompson

US Sailing Level 3 Coach Trainer
Executive Director & HS Coach

Thompson is a graduate of the WS program, Having sailed in program since 1994 and instructed with us since 2005. 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 7th at the 2018 J22 world championship in Annapolis and are looking forward to more racing soon!

Matthew Zupon

US Sailing Level 3 Coach
Assistant Director & Head Coach

Zupon grew up sailing out of Larchmont Yacht Club on Long Island Sound. Starting in Optis as a youth, he progressed into 420s/FJs and mainly Lasers. With numerous local, national, and international Laser events under his belt this is still his favorite boat to sail. He qualified and competed in the US Sailing Youth National Championships in 2008. Now he primarily sails his Laser, J22 “The Dude”, and on J70 “Loki” with his father. Outside of work he enjoys skating in numerous local adult hockey leagues.

Jackson Connell

US Sailing Level 3 Coach
Shop Manager & Coach

Jackson is a 21-year old sailor from Wayzata, Minnesota. He grew up at Wayzata Sailing, sailing Optis, 420s, and Lasers during the summers and high school season. After graduating from Wayzata High school, he took a gap year at Oakcliff Sailing, spending time doing all kinds of sailing, from Offshore to High Performance and Foiling, before coming back home to work here. He races the J/22 The Dude, with Zupon, doing everything from bow to helm. This Summer he is looking to pick up kiteboarding(and foiling), and enjoys playing hockey and team racing in his free time. 

Loïck De L’Escarbot (Dax)

Animal Humane Society Puppy Kindergarden Graduate
Emotional Support Beast

I’m a French Brittany. I love hanging out with kids and chasing tennis balls. I try to be respectful and stay in the office most days, but sometimes I get to come out in the coach boat. If you’re not comfortable around dogs like me, just let the staff know and I’ll go hang out in the office. I just want to make sure you’re having fun!