Sail Trim for Speed in All Conditions

June 2010 

Andrew Kerr, North U instructor

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A Bit about Andrew Kerr

Andrew Kerr was born in Plymouth, Devon, England and graduated from the London School of Economics with a bachelor's degree in Government and politics.

He is a resident of Olympia, Washington and his wife Stephanie, a former America's cup sailor with the America 3 team, has a Doctorate from the University of Idaho in Sports Pedagogy, they have two children- Liam and Kellen.

A full time coach, seminar speaker & North U instructor, Andrew has given seminars all over the world for a wide variety of groups, classes and yacht clubs. He has been a head coach at the Boston Sailing Center, an assistant Director at Steve Colgate's offshore sailing school in Tortola, BVI and an original member of the coaching staff ( & instructor trainer) of the J World sailing school in San Diego when it started in the winter of 1988. 

He has also been a member of the coaching staff's at the J World sailing school's in Annapolis, Newport (RI) and Key West where he was also head instructor trainer at those locations.

Teams and individuals that he has coached have won the Farr 40 Nationals, J80 North American's, Benetau 40.7 North American's, Mumm 30 North American's, ID35 Nationals, ID35 Great Lakes Championships, J120 Great lakes championships, Block Island race week, Key West race week, SORC, Chicago to Mackinac race, Port Huron to Mackinac race, LMSRF boat of the year, Harbor Springs boat of the regatta, J105 president's trophy (southern circuit championships), J24 NW Championship traveling series, J24 San Francisco fleet championship series, J24 Western Regional championships and many NOOD regatta's in a wide variety of classes.

Some of his accomplishments include winning the J24 Nationals 7 times, the J24 North American's, the Santana 20 Nationals 6 times, the J27 North American's, US sailing's National Offshore championships , the Holder 20 Nationals, Block Island race week, the SORC & Key West race week multiple times.

He has also placed 3rd, 4th and 5th at the J24 World Championships and 5th at the J22 World Championships

In addition he has placed 2nd through 5th (in all cases multiple times) in the National and/ or North American Championships of the J24, J22, J27, J105 ( Coach), Benetau 40.7 ( Coach), J35, Santana 20, Ensign, Sonar, Mumm 30, J120, J80, Melges 24 and S27.9 classes. .

He has been a part of teams that won the J80 US Midwinter's, the J27 US Midwinter's, the Melges 24 US Midwinter championship circuit as well as 4 J35 Great Lakes championships.

Over the span of sailing World magazines NOOD regatta’s – 1988 to present - he hasbeen a part of teams that have won 30 NOOD events in a wide variety of one design classes and locations.

Andrew also enjoys writing coaching articles and is a contributor to Sailing World and a wide variety of one design class websites and newsletter’s. He is a member of the Southwestern Yacht club in San Diego, CA where he was one design sailor of the year in 2000 and coach of the clubs Lipton Cup team , he is also a member of the South Sound Sailing Society in Olympia, WA.

Cell: (360) 481-3337