Most recently, the boat Lou has been coaching the last couple of seasons won Division 8 in the 2011 Around Long Island Race for the 2nd year in a row. Also finishing 2nd in IRC, 1st in Spin class and Team. This fall he raced on a J-105 in the Leukemia Cup and aboard a J-122 as Safety Officer for the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta.
After 45 years of professional sailing Lou is comfortable around all aspects of cruising and racing boats. With his informative and humorous style of teaching he is a much sought after teacher, race commentator and lecturer. He likes to kiddingly say “If you can learn from your mistakes, I have a Ph.D.”.
His insight comes from a diversity of experience. With a mechanical engineering background he understands the importance of technology. As Senior Instructor for American Marine Training Inc., a program to aid individuals qualifying for their Coast Guard licenses, he derived a thorough knowledge of the Rules of the Road and the nuance of navigation. His practical experience has come as a Licensed Captain, navigator for Gary Jobson, crew for Steve Colgate and racer on Grand Prix monohulls and multihulls in U.S. and Caribbean waters. As a boat owner and charterer, he has an extensive bluewater cruising background and is said to know many harbor bottoms personally. Having been ASA and US Sailing certified and with 36 years experience as Senior Instructor for Offshore Sailing School, he is able to explain and show the subtleties of sailing theory in many different ways and levels. He also helped refine the original North U Cruising Seminars with David Dellenbaugh in the 1990’s. He has been a lead instructor for the North U cruising seminars as well as an On Board coach.
As a commentator, Lou was race announcer at the Star World Championship on Lake Erie. For World Match Racing events, he has announced at the Columbus Cup on Chesapeake Bay and was the Official Race Commentator of the Liberty Cup for 5 years in NY harbor. For 4 years Lou was The Voice of ProSail, the first professional racing series in America and won the Associated Press Broadcasters First Place award for Sports Play by Play. He has also represented the National Maritime Historical Society at many of the New York Yacht Club events.
As a seminar leader, Lou has spoken on many different subjects at Sail Expo in Atlantic City and St. Petersburg, Strictly Sail in Chicago and many Colleges representing North U., Offshore Sailing School, Defender Industries, Sail Magazine, and The Moorings.
As Lou says, “Not bad for a quiet shy guy.”