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 the NEISA Robert McArthur Award for Distinguished Service in 2006 and 2012, and the ICSA Graham Hall Coaching Award for Professional Excellence and Distinguished Service in 2006. At that time Coach Churchill was inducted into the Collegiate Sailing Hall of Fame.

No stranger to a boat with a keel on it, Brad holds a 100 ton Masters USCG Captains license with endorsements for Towing and Sailing. He has been at the BSC since 2013 teaching Beginning, Advanced, and Racing Classes. He is often seen running our fleet racing regattas and is our primary Protest Committee Judge. Brad has been deemed a “national treasure” by his students.

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Philip Zurek

Philip brings sailing experience from an unexpected location: Colorado! He arrived in Boston on the first nice spring day of 2018, went straight to the sailing center, and has been enjoying all that the area has to offer since then. When not cruising around, you can find him teaching (since 2021), Soling racing in the summer, and Frostbite racing in the winter. His goal is to share his knowledge and passion for sailing with every student.

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Mike Wenzke

Mike had a dream of sailing the Mediterranean, but then one day woke up and realized he didn’t know how to sail.

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Peter Whinn

Pete Whinn does startup business stuff for a 9-5 grind but spends evenings and weekends (and the occasional beautiful weekday afternoon, don’t tell his boss) teaching Learn to Sail at the Boston Sailing Center.

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