All of our instructors hold the following:
- US Sailing Small Boat Level 1 Sailing Instructor Certification (4-day, 40-hour course. Topics covered in the course include: classroom and on-the-water teaching techniques, risk management, safety issues, lesson planning, creative activities, ethical concerns, and sports physiology and psychology.)
- Boater Education Card (Online Boating Safety Course approved by the Oregon State Marine Board).
- Current US First Aid and Adult & Child CPR Certificate.
- Yearly CDC HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports course.
- Current US Sailing membership.
Marelie is studying Planning, Public Policy, and Management as a part of her pre-law track at the University of Oregon’s Robert D. Clark Honors College. She has been a lifelong lover of wind and water sports, starting with windsurfing at the age of eight. She instantly fell in love with the sport of sailing when she became a part of the Gorge Sailing Team in 2014 and has since continued sailing in both dinghies and keelboats. Marelie has competitively sailed in 420s and FJs, and has free-sailed and taught lessons in Optis and O’pen Bics. After graduating from high school and the high school sailing circuit in 2016, Marelie joined the sailing team at the University of Oregon, where she currently holds the title of Women’s Captain. She became a Gorge Junior Sailing instructor in the summer of 2015 and is currently acting as the program’s Head Instructor.
Charlie has been involved with Gorge Junior Sailing ever since the start of the program. He began taking classes when he was five years old and has been an avid sailor ever since. He started working as a junior instructor in 2012, and became a certified instructor in 2014. Charlie has sailed in many regattas over the years starting with the Opti West Coast Championships in 2008. As he got older, Charlie transitioned to sailing 420s and competed in the 2012 and 2013 Junior Olympics. He then sailed with the high school sailing team for his second two years of high school and won the state championship with his team. He regularly races bigger keel boats in the Hood River Yacht Club’s Wednesday Night Races, and also enjoys windsurfing and racing in the Gorge Cup series. Charlie attends Montana State University and studies mechanical engineering.
Colin loves exploring the outdoors in the wind and the waves, but also on the mountain slopes. He will be exporting his ski racing talents from the Gorge to Stanford University, as he starts his engineering major there in the Fall Quarter of 2017. He has been sailing for 10 years now, and grew up taking lessons with the Gorge Junior Sailing program. As Colin worked his way through the GJS curriculum, he gained experience sailing Optis, O’pen Bics, and 420s and joined the greater Gorge Sailing community by competing with friends in the Hood River Yacht Club’s Wednesday Night Races and by joining the Gorge Sailing Team for several high school regattas. Summer 2017 will be Colin’s fourth year of teaching lessons for Gorge Junior Sailing.
In the Fall of 2017, Pierce will be attending OSU Cascades to study Natural Resources with specialty in Fish and Wildlife Conservation. He has been sailing for five years and has gained experience in J80s, FJs, 420s, and Hobie 16s. As a member of the Gorge Sailing Team, he had his best regatta moment, when he traveled to the 2016 Northwest District Regatta held on Orcas Island. Pierce plans to continue racing through the Hood River Yacht Club’s Wednesday Night Races and will sail just for sport as well. He has been working for Gorge Junior Sailing for three years now, one as a junior instructor and two as a fully certified instructor, and currently holds the title of Dock Manager. In addition to sailing, Pierce loves getting outside to bike, kiteboard, fish, and ski.
Leif will be attending Roger Williams University in the Fall of 2017 where he will be studying mechanical engineering. He has been sailing since the age of five and capitalizes on all of the activities the Gorge has to offer, from sailing and windsurfing to mountain climbing and skiing. Leif aspires to be a professional sailor and has made several substantial steps toward achieving that goal, including taking multiple first places at the Oregon High School State Regattas and participating in the 2016 Red Bull Foiling Generation which brought together some of the best young sailors in the United States, racing Flying Phantom 18’s, a high performance foiling catamaran. Leif has been part of the Gorge Junior Sailing family for six years now, acting as both a junior instructor and a fully certified instructor throughout that time.
Emily is going into her sophomore year at the University of Oregon Clark Honors College where she studies human physiology. Her parents have always owned a sailboat, but she didn’t really get into sailing until she joined HRV’s sailing team where she learned to race 420’s. She currently races on the University of Oregon’s sailing team in FJ’s, but she misses the windy and wavy conditions of the Gorge. Emily has been a certified GJS instructor since 2015. She also loves hiking, swimming laps, skiing, and backpacking.
Pelle is a student at Hood River Valley High School, and plans to study engineering when he gets to college. He has been sailing practically all of his life and learned through the Gorge Junior Sailing program, taking classes in Optis, O’pen Bics, and 420s. He also has experience sailing Cal 20s, Hobie 18s, and 29ers. As a member of the Gorge Sailing Team, he has placed first and fourth consecutively at the last two Oregon High School State Regattas. In addition to his love of sailing, Pelle also enjoys other activities like biking, windsurfing, nordic skiing, and playing water polo. Pelle has been teaching with Gorge Junior Sailing for two years.