Skippers Corner: Say Hello to our Newest Skippers - Sailors for the Sea

Skippers Corner: Say Hello to our Newest Skippers

 August 18, 2023  | By: Jennifer Brett

Our Skipper volunteer team is growing and we would like to introduce some of our newest members! With this cohort, the program has expanded to the Caribbean, and added more representation from busy boating locations in Washington State, the Northeast and Canada.

Catherine Ardagh – British Virgin Islands

Catherine has always had a passion for the sea and has been living and working across the world’s oceans for two decades. From the West Coast of Canada where she grew up, to the Caribbean where she works as a Charter and Delivery Skipper and Dive Master, to the high latitudes of Svalbard where she works in tourism as a Polar Expedition Leader, Catherine is a true ocean explorer. She has always been happiest on or under the water, and wants to conserve and protect our oceans for future generations so they can experience the same love for the seas she has been so lucky to relish.

Cortney Kingsley – Newport, Rhode Island

Cortney is currently the Education Programs Manager for Sail Newport in Newport, RI. She has been around the water her whole life and considers herself fortunate to have learned many water sports including sailing. She has used sailing as a medium to teach others about the ocean and to learn more about the ocean herself! She feels a duty to help protect our waters to ensure others can enjoy it – the ocean connects us all!

Glenn Lethbridge – Hamilton, Ontario

Glenn has called Hamilton, Ontario, Canada home for his lifetime. He learned to sail on Hamilton Harbour and quickly realized that the water was to be a big part of his life.

Since 1980 Glenn has been a full-time professional in the boating community. He ran a large commercial sailing school for 20 years then became the general manager at Buffalo Canoe Club in Crystal Beach Ontario. Currently he is starting his 17th year with Ontario Sailing, the Provincial Sport Governing Body for Sailing in Ontario. Glenn is dedicated to making our waterways safe and keeping them clean as a past Chair of the Canadian Safe Boating Council. He is honored to be part of the Sailors for the Sea community.

Adam Riley – Boston, Massachusetts

Adam grew up spending his summers as a youth and young adult at Piers Park Sailing Center on Boston Harbor, where he learned to sail, became an instructor, and developed a love for racing. In recent years, he’s become a US Sailing Certified Race Official, and currently serves as PPSC’s Director of Racing and as chair of several fundraising regattas. He hopes to use the skills and networking of the Skippers program to give back to the environment the same way he’s able to give back to community sailing centers.

Barb Trailer – Port Townsend, Washington

For the past 12 years, Barb has been the Director of the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival and has led the community and the festival to run greener events. Getting certified through the Greener Festival assessor program out of Falmouth UK prepared her well for joining Sailors for the Sea. 2023 is the festival’s first year a Clean Regatta, and Barb is very proud to be one step from achieving platinum right out of the gate! Barb is excited to join the Sailors for the Sea program as a Skipper and looks forward to introducing our work to the local boating community.