Meet Our Instructors

Andrew Kerr

Andrew Kerr was born in Plymouth, Devon, England and graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in Government and Politics. Andrew, his wife Stephanie, and their two sons currently reside in Olympia, Washington.

A full time sailing coach, seminar speaker and North U instructor; Andrew has traveled the world teaching seminars and leading clinics for fleets, classes and yacht clubs.

He was a Head Coach at the Boston Sailing Center, an Assistant Director at Steve Colgate’s Offshore Sailing School and an original member of the coaching staff at J-World. He was also a coach for US Sailing and part of the Road to the Rolex coaching team for the Rolex Woman’s Keelboat World Championships.

Teams Andrew has coached have won the Farr 40 Nationals, J80 North American’s, Benetau 40.7 North American’s, J105 North American’s, Mumm 30 North American’s, Lewmar Cup, ID35 Nationals, ID35 Great Lakes Championships,  J120 Great lakes championships, Block Island Race Week, Key West Race week, SORC, Long Beach Race Week, Chicago to Mackinac Race, Bayview Mackinac Race, LMSRF boat of the year multiple times in different classes, Harbor Springs Boat of the Regatta, J105 president’s trophy (southern circuit championships), NOOD boat of the regatta multiple times, J24 NW Championship Series, J24 San Francisco fleet championship multiple times, J24 Western Regional championships and many NOOD regatta’s in a wide variety of classes .

When not coaching others Andrew does a bit of his own racing both as skipper and as crew.  His victory list includes: J24 Nationals 7 x’s, the J24 North American’s, the Santana 20 Nationals 13 x’s, the J27 North American’s, US Sailing’s National Offshore Championships (Lloyd Phoenix Trophy), the Holder 20 Nationals, Block Island Race Week, the SORC, BVI Spring Regatta & multiple Key West Race Weeks.

He has also placed 3rd, 4th and 5th at the J24 World Championships and 5th at the J22 World Championships.

In addition, he has placed 2nd through 5th multiple times in the National and North American Championships of the J24, J22, J27, J105 (Coach), Benetau 40.7 (Coach), J35, T10, Santana 20, Ensign, Sonar, Mumm 30, J120, J80, Melges 24, Express 27 and S27.9 classes.

He has been a part of teams that won the J80 US Midwinter’s four times, the J27 US Midwinter’s multiple times, the Melges 24 US Midwinter circuit, the Melges 24 Great Lakes Championship, as well as four J35 Great Lakes Championships.

Over the span of Sailing World magazine’s NOOD Regattas – 1988 to present – he has been a part of teams that have won 30 NOOD events in a wide variety of one design classes and locations.

When not sailing Andrew also enjoys writing coaching articles and is a contributor to Sailing World and a wide variety of one design class websites and newsletters.

And, we should add, Andrew has taught hundreds North U Seminars.