Steppingstone Sailing School

Steppingstone Sailing School swinging door on dock

Here at the Sailing School, we have something for everyone.

We offer exciting lessons and programs for adults, children and families. To view, click "Sail School," on left.

Important New Materials for 2020

Mandatory Forms

These must be filled out prior to attending camp this summer.

Registration Information - Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Park passes (expiration date must be after last day of class) are required to receive the resident rate. If space permits, non-residents may register for an additional fee. A $50 processing fee is applied to all refunds with the exception of class cancellation due to lack of enrollment.
Sailing - Long Dock With American Flag at the End
                                                          2020 Sailing Directors
                                              Ryan Goldberg (L) & Justin Rastegar (R)

Ryan Goldberg, Sail School Director
Justin Rastegar, Sail School Director
Staff Photos & Bios (more to come!)


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.

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!