Sailing Instruction by Gunter Spilhaus

Growing up in South Africa, Gunter comes from a family of sailors. He started sailing at the age of 6 in Optimists, and progressed through the ranks to Keelboats. Gunter joined the South African Navy as a Diver in 1991 and quickly become a Dive Supervisor. Sailing competitively on large boats all around the Southern tip of Africa, he solidified his love of sailing. Gunter earned his USCG Capt license, is a US Sailing Certified Keelboat instructor and is a Level 3 Coastal Kayaking Instructor. After 20+ years of managing outdoor adventure events, running teambuilding programs and guiding tours, he is as comfortable teaching kids in a summer program, as he is presenting to upper management at a corporate event. Gunter’s passion for teaching sailing and promoting safe water sports led him to certifications with US Sailing and The American Canoe Association, the best sanctioning bodies for water sports in the US. When not on the water Gunter is an avid mountain biker and is hiking, biking or skiing with his wife and two daughters.

We offer:
US Sailing Basic Keelboat Course on  a Catalina 27 keelboat
Basic Keelboat Course on your own boat

What to bring:

  • Sailing clothes and a change of clothes each day
  • USCG approved PFD ( Life Jackets)
  • Close toed shoes or boating shoes.Waterproof or foul weather gear- Jacket and pants if you have.
  • Lunch and Snacks , and you can grab lunch at Olde Savannas restaurant once we have completed the days training.
  • Water bottle
  • sunscreen
  • sunglasses and hat
  • notebook and pen
  • A waterproof case is recommended if you need to bring your electronics along.

I am looking forward to sailing with you. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me by phone at 631 258 1645 or e-mail. I consider it my duty to facilitate your success in this course. If there is anything that I can do that will help your performance or understanding, please do not hesitate to ask.


Gunter Spilhaus

Events, Tours and Adventure Activities.