The Okauchee Lake Sailing School prides itself on providing a safe, fun, informative, memorable experience to all students. We reflect these qualities through our instructors. Our instructors are experienced and know how to coach sailors, of all ages, to help them achieve their goals.
Below is a some more information on our 2018 staff.
Head Opti, X-Boat and Beginner 420: Scott Sazama
Scott’s sailing career started in Optis here on Okauchee at the age of 6. He wanted to get into sailing because all of his older cousins sailed. He sailed Optis for seven more years. He then sailed in X boats for three years where he had great success. After X boats, he moved onto coaching and co-skipping a C boat with his older brother. When he entered college, he joined the Wisconsin Sailing Team where he learned to race 420s. He is studying Industrial Engineering at Madison. This year will be Scott’s fifth year coaching Optis and X boats. It will be his second year coaching 420s.
Head 420 Racing and Assistant X-Boat: Noah Janssen
Noah’s sailing experience began at North Lake Sailing School just down the road when he began sailing Optis at 5 in a kinderprams class with his dad. As he continues to sail in the sailing school he was able to get a taste of the beautiful friendships that sailing has to offer. It started out with just sailing across the lake to his sailing friend’s house to hang out on days with no classes. As he began to travel and go to regattas he was able to make friends with kids from many lakes in the area whom have become lifelong friends.
Noah’s sailing experience consists of 8 years of Optis, 7 years of X-boats, 4 years of high school sailing through MYST, and will be going into his 4th and final year of collegiate sailing this fall as he wraps up his undergraduate degree in Accounting. This spring he was able to be a part of the team race team and qualified to represent Wisco at ICSA Nationals in Norfolk, Virginia. This summer he looks forward to sailing his C-scow and on an A-scow program on Pewaukee Lake with some of his childhood sailing friends.
Noah has been coaching sailing for 6 years. This will be his 2nd summer instructing at Okauchee Lake. He is also the Head instructor at North Lake. Noah looks forward to having another summer back home to pass the love of sailing down to the next generation.
X-Boat and Opti Assistant: Mike Didier
Mike’s family moved onto North Lake when he was ten years old, that same summer he started sailing X-Boats at the North Lake Sailing School. After six years of X-Boats he sailed for two years on the Marquette High Varsity Sailing Team. Last year Mike re-booted the laser fleet on North Lake, which went from being him alone to a fleet of eight boats and counting. For his efforts he received the Sportsmanship and Perseverance Awards, the highest honors the NLYC awards. This year will be Mike’s second year teaching at the North Lake Sailing School and Okauchee Lake Sailing School.
420 Racing Assistant: Jack Behrend
Opti Assistant: Kaitlin Brandl
Kaitlin has been sailing for 10 years. She started by sailing 7 years of Optis followed by 3 years in X-Boats. Currently, she sails a C-Scow on Okauchee Lake with her Dad. 2018 is Kaitlin’s first year instructing for Okauchee Lake Sailing School.