Meet Our Instructors

Andrew Kerr

Andrew Kerr was born in Plymouth, Devon, England and graduated from the London School of Economics with a bachelor’s degree in Government and politics.

He is a resident of Olympia, Washington and his wife Stephanie, a former America’s cup sailor with the America 3 team, has a Doctorate from the University of Idaho in Sports Pedagogy. They have two children- Liam and Kellen and enjoy family sailing on their Santana 20, Olson 25 and Laser’s.

A full time coach, seminar speaker & North U instructor, Andrew has given seminars all over the world for a wide variety of groups, classes and yacht clubs.

He has been a head coach at the Boston Sailing Center, an assistant Director at Steve Colgate’s offshore sailing school in Tortola, BVI and an original member of the coaching staff (and instructor trainer) of the J World sailing school in San Diego when it started in the winter of 1988.

He has also been a member of the coaching staff’s at the  J World sailing school’s in Annapolis, Newport (RI) and Key West where he was also head instructor trainer  at those locations.

He is also a coach for US Sailing and was a part of the Road to the Rolex coaching staff for the Rolex Woman’s Keel boat World Championships.

Teams and individuals that he 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, Port Huron to 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 traveling series, J24 San Francisco fleet championship series multiple times, J24 Western Regional championships and many NOOD regatta’s in a wide variety of classes .

Some of his accomplishments include winning the J24 Nationals 7 times, the J24 North American’s, the Santana 20 Nationals 12 times, 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  & Key West race week multiple times.

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 (in all cases multiple times) in the National and/ or 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 championship circuit, the Melges 24 Great lakes Championship circuit, as well as 4 J35 Great Lakes championships.

Over the span of sailing World magazines NOOD regatta’s – 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.

Andrew also enjoys writing coaching articles and is a contributor to Sailing World and a wide variety of one design class websites and newsletters.

He is a member of the Southwestern Yacht club in San Diego, CA where he was one design sailor of the year in 2000 and coach of the clubs Lipton Cup team. He is also a member of the South Sound Sailing Society in Olympia, WA and a member of the Eugene Yacht Club.