Executive Director


Tim Nolan is a lifelong sailor with a passion for teaching and sharing his knowledge with the next generation. He is a certified dinghy and keelboat instructor. A New Hampshire native, Tim learned to sail on Winnipesaukee and enjoyed summers sailing at LWSA in his youth. He spent many years coaching and sailing in Utah in a unique high desert environment. One of his proudest moments as a sailor so far has been coaching Veterans in the Warrior Sailing program. 


Head Instructor

Seth Wilkinson, from Sanbornton, New Hampshire, was a camper, junior instructor, instructor, and now is the head instructor at LWSA. He is currently studying chemical engineering at Clarkson University. In his free time he enjoys racing J80s on lake Winnipesaukee as well as skiing and playing lacrosse.



Clare Shanahan has been at LWSA as a camper, junior instructor and instructor since 2012. When she's not sailing, she spends her free time skiing, roller skating, and reading. She attends Ithaca College where she is studying journalism and environmental science. 


Gavin Divelbiss has been with LWSA since 2011 as a camper, Junior Instructor , and instructor.  He grew up sailing on Newfound Lake and Massabesic Lake and is a passionate racer.  He attends Massachusetts Maritime Academy where he studies Marine Transportation and competes on the sailing team. Gavin is a professional Towboater on the Mississippi River. In his free time he enjoys being on the water, mountain biking, and traveling the world. 



Anna LaDue began sailing with LWSA at the age of 10, but previously attended sailing school at the Orr’s and Bailey’s Island Yacht Club in Maine. Anna is super excited for her second summer season as an instructor! Anna is also on the UNH high school racing team and the MSST summer Laser team. She has been sailing since she was three, including a trip around the Atlantic with her family from 2012-14. Anna graduated from Belmont High School and will be in college, somewhere, in the fall! When not sailing Anna enjoys swimming, reading, and being outdoors.

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Winni Opel has been sailing with LWSA since she was 8 years old. This is her third year as an instructor and her fifth year working at the camp. In May of 2022 Winni graduated from her International Baccalaureate Program in Florida and hopes to pursue a gap year sailing on a Tall Ship in the fall. When not sailing, she enjoys playing music, reading and being outdoors


Jesse Trimper  started at lWSA as a camper in the summer of 2017and immediately grew to love sailing. She  spent the following few years continuing taking lessons, started as a Junior instructor in the summer of 2020 and this will be her first year as an instructor. Jesse graduated from Groton-Dunstable Regional High School in 2021 and is currently studying paralegal studies in college. In herfree time, Jesse enjoys paddleboarding with her dog rocky, painting, and hanging out with her seven siblings. 


Tristan Reinhold


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Junior Instructors


Murphy Trimper


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Bode McLean


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Jasper Opel has been sailing with LWSA since he was 7 years old. In 2020 he had the opportunity to sail a tall ship off the coast of Africa and fell in love with tall ship sailing. He recently earned his keel boat level one certification. He enjoys rowing, mountain biking, and playing the bass. 


Janelle Hasler  signed up for her first week of sailing camp when she was 11 years old. She loved it  instantly and signed up for two more weeks. The next year of camp, she bought a 420 boat from LWSA. During Covid summers she was thankful LWSA stayed open and she just kept taking the same classes over and over. Anything to sail. Last year was her first year at racing. Who knows where that will go.  When Janelle is not sailing she’s, swimming, skiing, on a  competition dance team, and enjoying friends.


Matthew Kung


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