Alain is one of our Basic Keelboat instructors.
He is passionate about racing and teaching sailing.
He has a keen sense of safety and enjoys seeing his students and club members progressing and learning about sailing.
He was introduced to Grassroots Sailing in 2002 when he obtained his basic cruising keelboat.
Alain is our Sailing School Director in charge of sail training programs.
Alain is bilingual and as such is our French speaking Instructor.
Mark is passionate about racing and cruising with his friends and family as well as teaching sailing on Lake Simcoe and the Caribbean. He is an owner of an Olson 25 with over 1000 logged hours of racing and cruising based out the Barrie Yacht Club. He also owned a Niagara 26′ up to 2019, and owned a Hobie 16 for several years. Mark is an active member of BYC being elected Vice Commodore for 2018 and was Regatta Chair for several years.
Dmitry grew up on the water beside one of the biggest rivers of Europe – the Dnepr. Back then his father introduced him to the boating lifestyle and the various challenges of big river navigation. But open ocean sailing was always another dream.
Now Dmitry is an experienced charter captain. He is the first Russian-English speaking sailing instructor in Canada.
“Sailing is the 4th dimension in our lives. The lifestyle gives anyone a whole new world to explore and the opportunity to perfect ourselves”, he always tells his friends.
Dmitry also speaks Ukrainian.
Dmitry has been taking folks on charters to many wonderful sailing locations in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.
Dmitry is also one of Grassroots Sailing Centre’s directors.
Rick has been sailing for over 30 years. He is an experienced delivery skipper moving boats from 30 feet to 75 feet in the Great Lakes, the Western Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. He has also organized and led flotillas in the Mediterrean on several occasions. Before becoming involved with sailing Rick has been involved with many other practical aspects of instruction and coaching from his teenage years as swimming instructor to later years as a motorcycle safety instructor. Rick’s specialty now is custom training for new boat owners and teaching sailors the art of passage making.
Troy has been mentoring with Grassroots Sailing for 10 years.
He is a certified instructor and has been teaching for 5 years.
Troy is very safety conscious and enjoys ensuring new students are safe on the water.
He really enjoys showing first time boat owners how to skillfully operate their new vessel, and how best to enjoy their time on the water.