Hi, my name is Leah Ahdoot. I started sailing at the Steppingstone Sailing Camp 5 years ago. I started sailing because it was a fun activity that my brothers and I could do together. I fell in love with sailing and looked forward to coming back every summer. This is my first year as an instructor and it has been one of the most amazing experiences so far. I’m so glad that I get to do something I love every day.
Hi, my name is Adam Fried and this is my third year instructing at a sailing program. I originally learned how to sail here at Steppingstone, then continued my sailing career in Oyster Bay. Since then, I’ve progressed to various forms of racing, making my way to the 470 Olympic Class. Through this, I’ve had the opportunity to sail National and World Cup events. I am excited for another fun year of Junior sailing!
Hi, my name is Jonathan Goldman. I started sailing at Steppingstone Sailing School when I was 7 years old. When I was younger, I always loved being on the water and when I finally became old enough to start Sailing School, I joined the program. Ever since then, I have spent every summer here for the last 10 years learning more and more.. until 3 years ago when I was finally able to become a JI (junior instructor). Now, this is my second year as an instructor at Steppingstone and I can't wait to come back and teach more about sailing every day.
Hello, I am Daniel Itzkowitz. This is my second year as an instructor here at Steppingstone and I have been sailing for about seven years. I first began my sailing studies here at Steppingstone, while honing in on my skills at the Waterfront Center in Oyster Bay. I sail in order to make new friends and strengthen relationships. I am a high school rising senior interested in pursuing music in college. During my free time, I enjoy playing the french horn and going to the beach.
Hi, my name is Cole Kniesly. This is my first year as an instructor for the Steppingstone Sailing program. Before becoming an instructor, I had participated in 7 years of sailing camp at the Waterfront Center. I started sailing shortly after my brother and liked it. After the many years of learning sailing, I decided that it would be nice to share my sailing knowledge with those that are less knowledgeable about it but interested!
Hello, my name is Noah Kniesly. I am now instructing at Steppingstone for my third year. Prior to joining Steppingstone, I sailed with the Waterfront Center since 4th grade. In these years, I have grown a love for sailing and now love teaching kids the same joy of sailing that I have experienced. In addition to sailing, I am looking forward to going to Michigan Engineering for college and getting a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Hi, I am Jacob Landerer. This is my first year working for the Park District. I will be a high school senior in the fall and I am interested in biology and psychology. I had attended the sailing camp for 6 years and I always found sailing interesting. I went to a regatta with other campers where we had a lot of fun. I like the mechanics of sailing and having the ability to understand them enough to explain them to others so that they can learn and increase their sailing ability.
Hello, my name is Charles Mandracchia. I first learned how to sail four years ago here at Steppingstone Sailing School. I’ve also sailed at The Waterfront Center in Oyster Bay and raced at the Dinghy Shop in Amityville. This is my first year instructing at Steppingstone and I am excited to teach many people this year. When I attended the Sailing School, I came every day for the entire summer. I learned a ton about how to sail and I made many new friends. I look forward to more great experiences this year!