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Sailing Story: Bill Reed

Even though Bill Reed began sailing nearly 50 years ago, his first memories on a sailboat are still as vivid as ever. “My dad had a Morgan 36 in Clearwater Beach, Florida,” he explained. “The first time I ever hoisted a sail was on that boat.” Bill fondly remembers how those first experiences on the…

Sailing Story: Dave Shafer

Sailing Story: Dave Shafer   Dave Shafer had never even visited Montana before. In fact, he’d only just been getting into sailing and by all accounts, he assumed Montana wouldn’t have much to offer him in the way of sailing.  However, as he sat up late one night on anchor watch, with his captain on…

Sailing Story: Morgan Spitznagle

Morgan Spitznagle had spent a lot of time watching sailboat racing, but never thought much of trying the sport out herself.  “I live in Somers right across the street from Juniper Bay,” she explained. “The yacht club races are right across from my house essentially.” Morgan would regularly sit outside on her porch with friends…

Sailing Story: Jenna Dodge

Jenna Dodge is a Montana native but her sailing story began along the coast of Mississippi when she was just a child. “I don’t remember exactly my first time sailing because I’ve seen pictures of me younger sailing but I have clear memories as a teenager,” she recalled.  On summer breaks and during the holidays,…

Sailing Story: Mara Brownell

Mara Brownell is a Montana native, growing up on the beautiful shores of Polson. However, when she first became interested in sailing, she wanted to leave the shores of her own hometown and sail somewhere a bit more exotic.    That’s how Mara ended up sailing around the Virgin Islands for two years. “We learned…

Sailing Story: Jed Huseby

  Jed Huseby can vividly recall the first time he saw a sailboat, the first time he set sail, and more recently, his experience introducing his children to these “firsts” as well.    “I first got interested when I was a kid up at Fort Peck,” he explained. “I saw a sailboat and thought ‘oh…

Sailing Story: Samantha Martinez

  Samantha Martinez came into the world of sailing thanks to a kayaking trip she wasn’t even a part of. It all started when her boyfriend announced he was going to kayak the Mississippi this summer. Not one to miss out on adventure, she decided she would set off on her own epic, solo adventure…

Sailing Story: Patrick Robbins

June 2023 was Patrick Robbins first taste of sailing— but it was by no means his first encounter with adventure.    At 16, Patrick left his home state of Wisconsin and traveled to Ecuador. He’s been chasing new experiences ever since. Those adventures have been both international (like trips to Fiji, Europe, and Jamaica) but…

Sailing Story: Barry White

Like many a sailing story, Barry White’s sailing story started with a nudge from a friend. Barry was in his late 30s when he started sailing, all thanks to a friend asking him to go halfsies on a sailboat. “I thought it would be something I did to goof around on our lake,” he said….

Sailing Story: Rayman Kinman

Rayman Kinman has been sailing his entire life. However, with his latest plans to circumnavigate the world via sailboat, he hit a snag. Here’s how Go Sail Flathead Lake helped him overcome the obstacles for his globe trotting trip so he could get out on the open water! Sharing a love for sailing Rayman is…

Sailing Story: Ethan Miles

  This year is a year of new beginnings for Ethan Miles. It’s his first year as a father, his first full year living and working in Montana, and his first year committing himself to a new hobby— sailing! Ethan’s Introduction to Sailing Ethan’s first experience sailing was actually as a child on lakes in…

Sailing Story: John Rimel

John Rimel’s father didn’t get the chance to show John the ropes of sailing himself. However, he didn’t have to be around in person to ignite the spark that fueled John’s love of sailing. When John’s father died from leukemia at 42, he left behind a Penguin sailboat he had built himself just a few…

Sailing Stories: James Maxwell

Missoula native James Maxwell has never been aware of a dream too big. In this week’s Sailing Story, we follow James from the murky shores of a Missoula pond to the open waters of Flathead Lake to better understand what sailors are really made of: Building Dreams From a young age he knew he loved…

Women on the water

Flathead Lake sailing company offers women a chance to challenge themselves on the waters.   By: Alexa Belcastro Posted at 4:51 PM, Jul 10, 2021 and last updated 9:03 AM, Jul 12, 2021 DAYTON — Captain Genevieve Evans is a Montana native, but she left the shores of home to chart her own course, and a pretty impressive…

Sailing Story: Lizzy Randolph

Lizzy Rental Agent When you arrive at the Go Sail Flathead Lake office or call the main line, you’ll likely be greeted with an excited newcomer to the Go Sail family. Meet Lizzy!  While Lizzy is new to Go Sail Flathead Lake, she’s anything but new to the area. A love of Flathead Lake and…

Sailing Story: Kristie Hepburn

Finding Flathead’s Calming Waters: Kristie Hepburn’s Sailing Story Kristie Hepburn grew up under Montana’s big sky and alongside the state’s crystal clear waters. Yet interestingly, it wasn’t until she moved to America’s largest city that she found her love of sailing.  “I was not one of those that grew up in a yacht club or…

Sailing Story: Trevon and Stephanie

A passion for chartering new adventures is part of what makes Trevon and Stephanie’s relationship tick. However, their individual curiosity of the water began long before they even met.  For Stephanie, being on the water makes her feel at home. She grew up in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes. Her summers were spent swimming,…

Sailing Story: Genevieve Evans

Captain Genevieve GO Sail Flathead Lake In 2009, Genevieve Evans came to the conclusion that the corporate world was no longer cutting it for her. Her life felt like it was missing something. She felt the itch to do something more than climb the corporate ladder and win the rat race.  Rather than ignore the…

Sailing Story : Chad Crist

Chad Crist’s Sailing Story is about how he got his first sailboat on Flathead lake. “Chad said that sailing is a “mystical thing.” Sailing allows him a sense of freedom from his day-to-day work and activities, and an “escape” from his everyday responsibilities.’ When Chad Crist hopped on a Zoom call to be interviewed, his…

Sailing Story : Jim Lekander

Jim LeKander’s Sailing Story about Sailing In Montana “Most people aren’t excited about going 5 miles an hour and it’s not everyone’s bag, and that’s OK too,” he said. But – he quipped, “you’ll be happy that you came,” because the water is “so clean and it’s the perfect place to learn.” Go Sail Flathead…