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Steve Shenkel, USCG Licensed Captain
ASA Certified Sailing Instructor

After 50 years of sailing and owning 25 sailboats, I still look forward to that first moment just after you raise and trim the sails when the boat leans a little and starts to move through the water under sail power.  I’ll be the first to admit that if you have to get from here to there in a short period of time, the most practical way to do that is to start up the motor and go there.   But if you have left the hustle and bustle of the world behind, if only for a brief afternoon, the most enjoyable way to pursue the journey is to harness nature’s power and to be under sail.

I learned to sail racing Hobie Cats in the 70’s.  Although today I no longer race, I attribute an accelerated learning curve to sailing principles from racing.  Unless of course, you don’t mind coming in last, racing forces you to learn how to most efficiently make the boat move through the water, learn how to read wind shifts, and beware of obstacles, tides, and currents which may affect your passage over the course you need to complete.


My wife Linda and I exploring a cove

When it became difficult to crawl into a wetsuit to go sailing Hobie Cats, I started sailing cruising monohulls and this opened the opportunites to sail to destinations such as Catalina Island via trailer sailing and charter in the British Virgin Islands

After a career as a manufacturing engineer/project manager, I retired in 2013 and had the opportunity to become an ASA Certified Sailing Instructor.  The chance to share my joy of sailing with people new to the sport is a real blessing.  I look forward to an opportunity when we can sail together.


Past Commodore Phoenix Hobie Fleet 66 (1976-77)

Hobie Class 16A State Champion 1978

AYC 1990 Spring Series Non-Spinnaker Fleet 1st Place

Lifetime Member Lake Pleasant Sailing Club


USCG Licensed Captain (OUPV) Near Coastal

ASA Certified Instructor:

ASA 101 Basic Keelboat

ASA 103 Coastal Cruising

ASA 105 Coastal Navigation

American Heart Association Certified Basic First Aid/CPR/AED

NASBLA Boater Education Card


Boats I have owned


Beach Catamarans: Venture Cat 14, Hobie 14, (2) Hobie 16, Hobie Adventure Island

Dingys: Fatty Knees 7, Hobie 9, Hobie 12, Sea Snark, Force 5

Sailboards: Windsurfer (brand), Bic 250, Minstral

Cruising Monohulls: Windrose 18, Santana 21, Aquarius 23, Windrose 22, O’day 23, Balboa 22,

            (2) MacGregor 26 S, Montgomery 17, Beneteau 235, Precision 18

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