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The BSC prides itself on quality sailing instruction. With a variety of backgrouds, all instructors at the BSC share a love of sailing and a talent to teach.

Bradley Churchill
Brad is as Bostonian as it gets. Born in one of Boston’s oldest hospitals, raised in Lexington, the home of the Minutemen, and graduate of a Massachusetts State College (Westfield). He began sailing at Community Boating on the Charles River as soon as they’d let kids in the program, age 11. Through his youth he was very successful as crew and later skipper in numerous club, local, and regional regattas. Upon receiving a BS Degree in Physical Education, Brad went back to Community Boating to operate their youth racing program, direct the Adult Program, and become Assistant Manager. In 1985 he moved a couple miles up the Charles River to become the Sailing Coordinator and Head Sailing Coach at Boston University for the next 27 years. Coach Churchill led the Sailing Team to 3 New England titles and 2 National Intercollegiate Championships (ICSA). He had the privilege of coaching 23 ICSA All-America Sailors and 2 College Sailors of the Year. During his time at BU he was the President of the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association for 7 years, received NEISA Robert McArthur for distinguished service (twice), and the ICSA Graham Hall coaching award for Professional Excellence and Distinguished Service. In 2006 Coach Churchill was inducted into the Collegiate Sailing Hall of Fame. No stranger to a boat with a keel on it, Brad has held a US Coast Guard 50 ton Captain’s license for ten years. He has been at the BSC since 2013 teaching Beginning, Advanced and Racing Classes. Brad has been deemed a "national treasure" by his students.
National Treasure

Burton Robson
Originally hailing from Canada, Burton has recently joined our group of top-notch instructors and has quickly become a big hit with the students, teaching everything from Learn to Sail through the Coastal Passage Making. He has worked as an ASA certified sailing and cruising instructor in the British Virgin Islands and is a licensed pilot and Scuba instructor. It's not uncommon to see him in full Scuba gear doing repairs while the boats are here in the water! Burton also manages our East Boston boat yard. Along with the rest of the maintenance crew, Burton spent the Winter getting the fleet into great shape for the season!



Emilio Torres Requena
Emilio hails from the beautiful Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. He started sailing at the age of 8 in the Midwest at the local YMCA on El Toro’s. The family moved back to PR from there he sailed and raced on any and every boat he and his family had or was invited to as crew. College brought Emilio to Boston which is has been his home on and off for over 2 decades. A lawyer by profession his true love is sailing and being on the water. “My goal is to share my love and passion for sailing with my students, it’s a beautiful way of life”. At the Sailing center Emilio teaches beginners and advance sailing. He also teaches all levels of racing including Frostbite during the winter (My Caribbean blood is still getting used to this madness but it’s addictive!!). “Racing is one of the best ways for a sailor to hone their skills and learn how to really handle the sailboat in all types of conditions”. He holds a 50 ton Masters USCG Captain license with endorsements for Towing and Sailing.




Chris R. Allen
A life-long sailor, Chris grew up in New York sailing on Long Island Sound, then moved to Maine and eventually to Boston. He has sailed out of Boston for over 20 years and proudly claims to have set foot on each one of the harbor’s 34 islands. At BSC Chris combines two of his passions--teaching and sailing—and enjoys finding the inner sailor in new students. Working closely with “Amber”, BSC’s distinctively colored 26 foot Soling, he has converted hundreds of Learn to Sail students from novices to confident sailors since joining BSC in 2014. Whether in the classroom or on the water, his love of sailing and enthusiastic teaching approach make learning sailing a “breeze”.  He draws inspiration from his work with blind sailors and keeps sharp during the winter months cruising in the Caribbean.  
Chris E. Allen
Yes, we have two Chris Allens, and yes, it's confusing for us too. Chris grew up sailing in Maine, and after a brief stint in China, is glad to be back on the water with the Boston Sailing Center.  He is currently working towards his master’s in education. Talk to him about your favorite North End restaurants or dogs if you're ever stranded in a water session looking for conversation topics.
Julia Fuller
Julia is originally from Connecticut and grew up sailing on Long Island Sound, but is currently near Boston while she studies clinical psychology and community health (and sailing) at Tufts University. In the past Julia taught beginner sailing and racing for kids in CT and now she teaches beginner sailing at BSC. During the rare times when Julia isn’t sailing she enjoys cooking, writing, running, and climbing.

Matt Renik
Born and raised in Boston, Mathew has been sailing on the Boston Harbor since he was 12. Currently a student at Boston University, Mathew studies Finance and Business law during the off season, aspiring to become an admiralty lawyer. He started teaching on Sonars when he was 14 and has since progressed onto many boats, but the Sonar still holds a special place in his heart. In the past few years Mathew has gained experience racing yachts in the Harbor and Marblehead as well as doing some racing for Boston University.

Jenny Hough
Jenny has been sailing her whole life, and got into teaching seven years ago, as an instructor on dinghies. This is Jenny's fourth season here at the BSC, and you can find her teaching the Learn to Sail lectures and water lessons. She did her undergrad at Union College in New York and received her Masters of Arts and Teaching from Northeastern. Jenny teaches high school math during the winter months, and is a self-proclaimed nerd. When not at the BSC, Jenny enjoys spending time with her family, staying active, and being in the sunshine.