Craig Louttit

US Sailing Instructor

OCSC Office Staff - April TOn Board Since April 2011

Why do you sail?

To step on the boat is to step on freedom. I like the sense of freedom that comes with being on the boat. I can travel across the bay or around the world. It also allows me to use many different skills. But mostly it’s fun.

What do you enjoy about working at OCSC?

I have been associated with OCSC since the early 80’s as an on and off member depending on whether I owned a boat or not. So first, it’s the people and the shared passion for sailing. The OCSC program is great as it allows students to learn and grow at their own pace, it provides a network of people to go sailing with and keep learning. The fleet of boats and easy access allow students to continue to learn for a long time. What I like about teaching at OCSC is the smile on the student’s face after the first weekend of lessons. At times it’s teaching sailing and other times it’s about helping people realize dreams. Now that’s a cool job description.

What's your sailing background?

I grew up in Michigan and I have always been around boats, power boats, canoes, any means of water transport. As a college student, I was the volunteer sailboat mechanic and chauffer. For my efforts we sailed from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan through the remote islands in Georgian Bay, Ontario and then sailed south on Lake Huron to Detroit. I was hooked. I moved to San Francisco and joined OCSC soon after. I have owned an International 505, a Ranger 23, and an O’Day 27. I have raced a lot on Express 27’s both in the bay and the ocean. I had the good fortune to be on Alaska Eagle and sail around Cape Horn in 2011, a lifetime dream and an amazing adventure. I completed the 2012 Pac Cup this year sailing from San Francisco to Hawaii on a Newport 30.

When you're not sailing, what can we find you doing?

When I am not sailing I enjoy skiing, mountain biking, hiking, camping and working my day job.

What are your favorite sailing books of all time?

  • Fastnet Force 10
  • Two against Cape Horn
  • Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe Flyer: The Quest to Win the Round the World Race
  • Rounding the Horn: Being the Story of Williwaws and Windjammers, Drake, Darwin, Murdered Missionaries and Naked Natives--a Deck's-eye View of Cape Horn