Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A Conversation with Chicago Yacht Club's Lynn Lynch

Lynn Lynch (Chicago, Ill.) was honored with Virginia Long Sail Training Service & Support Award earlier this month at the Sailing Leadership Forum Awards Dinner, sponsored by Old Pulteney and hosted by the San Diego Sports Hall of Fame.

Lynn has spent many years contributing to the art and science of sailing instruction as well as unparalleled support of her local program. She has been exceptional as the On-the-Water Director for Chicago Yacht Club, especially in her leadership of the junior sailing program’s activities and training, management of personnel, and operations of the race committee’s responsibilities for both one-design and offshore events.

Lynn has conducted and been the trainer in several local powerboat courses with outstanding success. She has also been a great contributor at the National Faculty meetings building curriculum, protocols and standards for Keelboat, Small Boat and Powerboat. She recently has become a Keelboat Program Instructor Trainer.

Read what Lynn had to say about her experiences and the advice she has for others in similar roles at their club:

US Sailing: What advice would you give someone who is interested in being an On the Water Director for a sailing organization?

Lynn: Never pass up an opportunity to take advantage of training, seminars, practical experience or whatever you can get your hands on. I spent the first part of my career as a sailing instructor and then as a program director. I didn't know that my path would lead to the job I have now as the On the Water Director at Chicago Yacht Club, but part of the reason I was able to go that route is because I had such a wide array of training. I jumped at the chance to attend anything from US Sailing instructor courses to race management seminars to US Coast Guard license classes to outboard engine repair courses. When the job came up at CYC, even though I didn't have a specific background in race management and regatta organization, I was able to make it work.

US Sailing: What tips would you give someone who is interested in growing the programming at their club?

Lynn: Don't be afraid to go out on a limb to try something new, but be patient when waiting for the results to materialize. Sometimes the idea is great, but it needs to be re-worked after the first or second season to really hone it into what your clientele wants. 

US Sailing: What type of sailing do you enjoy? When and where did you learn how to sail?

Lynn: I enjoy almost any kind of sailing, but I probably have the most fun on my Laser. I first sailed on my family's 27' Hunter, Bagarags when I was 6 or 7, but really learned how to sail when doing high school sailing at Chicago Yacht Club in 420s.

US Sailing: Who inspires you most?

Lynn: People who are in this sport for all the right reasons. My first sailing instructor still comes down to CYC and does mark set for every high school regatta we run - rain or shine (or snow). The biggest thanks he gets is a bowl of chili and maybe a t-shirt now and then. And there are so many people in our sport just like him! It is so refreshing to be around these guys who have no agenda other than to be on the water doing what they love.

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