Michael Hamilton

I have always loved the ocean and water in general. Ten years ago, I walked onto the RSC dock and told the dock master that I wanted to learn how to sail. I fell in love with it and became active in the Center, first as a Red Cross Basic Sailing Instructor, and then Vice President, President, and now US Sailing Small Boat and US Sailing Basic Keelboat instructor.

Additionally, I have taken a number of courses in seamanship and recently received my U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s license.

I own a J24 racing sloop and placed 2nd overall in the 2015 Kirkland Summer Sailing Series. I look forward to helping you discover the fun of sailing.

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John Padgett

As a kid, I remember going sailing with some family friends and taking the Small Boat Sailing Merit Badge at Scout camp on a Sunfish. I was inspired to learn more after sailing with friends on Lake Union and Puget Sound and decided to sign up for a sailing course with my wife.  Ever since, I have been sailing whenever I can, sharing sailing with friends and family, cruising, racing, and taking additional training. 

I am a US Sailing Small Boat and Basic Keelboat Sailing Instructor as well as a Boy Scouts of America Small Boat Sailing Merit Badge Counselor. I am currently RSC’s President. I look forward to helping you discover the fun of sailing.  

If you have any questions about taking a sailing course, please contact me below

I look forward to helping you discover the exciting world of sailing!

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Mike Jarvis

I learned to sail dinghies while in college, and after some years away

from the sport, returned to it some time later.  I now enjoy sailing

dinghies as well as cruising and racing keel boats with friends.

If you have any questions about the course feel free to contact me below.

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Dean Peoples

I grew up in a sailing family, day sailing, racing, and cruising. Now I enjoy teaching others to sail.

Sailing is a great way to enjoy what is plentiful in the great northwest—water!

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Bill Valuet

I grew up with boats on a small lake in Michigan but started serious sailing in my early twenties working as crew on cruising sailboats. I was quickly hooked and spent several years building and sailing boats all over the world. I have about 40,000 miles of blue water cruising in some amazing places such as the Caribbean, the South Pacific, and Mediterranean.

I have completed the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Sailing Instructor course and am ready to get you started on your sailing adventure. If you are considering a class, consider no longer – just do it! You will be glad you did.

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Rebekah Padgett

I have always loved being on and around the water but didn't know that sailing was accessible and affordable until I took a keelboat class several years ago and later joined the Renton Sailing Center. Since then, I have sailed on Lake Washington, Puget Sound, the Caribbean, and from California to French Polynesia.  I am so excited to be able to share my passion for sailing as a US Sailing Basic Keelboat Instructor, particularly with women and people of color.

If you have any questions about RSC or how to get started in sailing, I would love to hear from you.

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Tyler Wilson

When I was growing up, I started sailing Optimists on Lake Ontario near Rochester, NY. I sailed throughout my youth, but got out of sailing when I went to college. In 2018 I took a Basic Keelboat class at RSC, and I’ve been thrilled to be under sail again.

Since then, I have enjoyed getting involved at RSC, and being on the water whenever I can get a chance to. I’m excited to be a US Sailing small boat instructor, and look forward to sailing with you!

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Brian Casserly

I learned to sail in 2013 after I stopped by the Renton Sailing Center dock to ask about lessons.  The folks there were really welcoming and encouraging and I took the small boat sailing class from RSC and I've been sailing ever since.  I try to get out on the water as often as I can and I've focused on trying to improve my sailing skills and having fun on a range of boats from dinghies to keelboats.  If you're thinking about learning to sail, go for it and sign up for a class!

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Cat Smith

A small boat lesson at Renton Sailing Center was my introduction to the joy of sailing. I'm excited and grateful to now be able to pass it on as an instructor. Please get in touch if you have any questions about classes or the center.

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