I fell in love with sailing after a tourist excursion out of Rockport Maine on a 100ft schooner. This huge ship cutting silently through the water was an amazing experience. I learned to sail in 2002 on the Delaware River in Philadelphia securing a couple of ASA certifications. I only sailed occasionally until I moved back to Chicago where I got my bare boat certification and sailed a 38ft Beneteau out of Winthrop Harbor. Last year was my first season volunteering with Carpe Ventus and the experience was amazing.
I've volunteered for youth programs for 35 years and love working with kids and believe deeply in the Carpe Ventus mission. I see real promise in supporting Chicago mentoring organizations by delivering redemptive experiences for kids.
I come from a long line of mariners from Louisiana. I spent my childhood on a live-aboard 42’ Catamaran sailing Europe, Caribbean, and US coastline. Here in Chicago, I began volunteering in 2011 with Sea Scouts ages 14 to 21 on various large boats between 24 and 47 feet. Later, I also volunteered with Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing and in 2015, after becoming a US Sailing certified Instructor, I was hired to work there. In 2016 I obtained my USCG Master 50grt and also began doing private charters. I really enjoy taking youth out on the water. It is so amazing to be able to share the experience with people especially on their first time out on a boat. it is a great pleasure and privilege to be able to be part of this program.
I love sailing and want to share sailing with others. My experiences are many and varied. I have worked in various departments at Crowleys Yacht Yard Lakeside rigging, varnishing, mechanics and now in the Ship Store. I have sailed on various boats with the Sea Scouts program. I have worked with Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing at Burnham Harbor sailing on Sonars, Freedoms and Colgates. I completed Level 1 small boat instructor in 2016 at Burnham with the Chicago Park District. I received my USCG 50 Ton Master License in 2018. Along with my wife, I have gone through Royal Yachting Association Day Skipper Certification sailing in the Caribbean and sailed as crew on Lord Nelson, a tall ship from Bermuda to England!
Chris has been sailing since 2011 when he received his US Sailing certificate while stationed in Camp Lejeune, NC with the United States Marine Corps. He has sailed in the Atlantic, Carribean and here on Lake Michigan. Chris has been volunteering as a skipper with Carpe Ventus since its founding in 2014, and has experience on various vessels up to 50 ft. He enjoys introducing others to the power and excitement of harnessing the wind, while mentoring and teaching others the joy of taking good life giving risk. Vocationally, Chris is a lawyer and entrepreneur running his own law practice in Chicago since 2013.