Instructors

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 Director of Education. 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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Kirsten Parks

I started sailing 5 years ago by taking a sailing class through the Renton Sailing Center; however, being on the water has always been in my blood. Sailing brings me great pleasure. So much so that I purchased a 45-foot sailboat this year to someday take me on a grand adventure. I work at Boeing as a project manager. I have been the RSC Vice President and a participant of the Women’s Sailing Group. I became a US Sailing Small Boat Sailing Instructor in 2015 and look forward to helping you discover the fun of sailing.

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 currently serving as RSC's President and 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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Nelu Malancea

I started sailing by taking a few of American Sailing Association’s certification courses (Basic Keelboat Sailing, Basic Coastal Cruising, and Bareboat Cruising). Something I love about sailing is that you can go anywhere in the world by using only the forces of nature to move you. Sailing is a primary reason I moved to the Seattle area. When I found Renton Sailing Center I discovered how much fun dinghy sailing is. I look forward to teaching you the foundation of sailing in our US Sailing Small Boat course.

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