Jamie Leopold started sailing with his father as a toddler, and grew up sailing and racing Dragons, Star boats, International 14s, Lightnings, and many other one design boats, in national and international competition. As a young man he got involved in racing and cruising big boats, and has sailed the extensively on the Great Lakes, and up and down the east coast. Although he has spent most of his professional career in the advertising/marketing business, Jamie took a few forays into the sailing business, and is a former director of the New York branch of the Offshore Sailing School, and was head instructor at the Boston Sailing Center.
Also a horse lover, Jamie has spent countless days and hours trail riding through the hills and woods of our verdant state of Vermont.
Before founding the Regatta for Lake Champlain in 2004, Jamie worked on the M. S. (Multiple Sclerosis) Regatta for many years, and the Chiott Marine Queen City Regatta.
Jamie and his wife Candis live on the shores of Mallett’s Bay, and currently own four sailboats, a canoe, kayak, a couple of rowing dinghys, and several antique model sailboats.
Jamie signs his emails:
Bottom Sander, Dock Boy, Dog Walker, & Founder RegattaForLakeChamplain.org
Mark Gardner is our resident PRO. He has served on Race Committees for nearly 50 years, both in Canada and the United States. He has been the PRO for The Regatta for Lake Champlain for the last 8 years. Mark has served on the Lake Champlain PHRF committee for 10+ years and is the current Chairperson of the committee.
As a member of the Malletts Bay Boat Club, he has been a member of the Afterguad (Board of Directors) for 12 years and was the club Mastser (Commodore) for three years.
Mark works as a Project Manager for Dealer.com in Burlington, having joint the company in 2004, he revels in being their oldest employee. "I'm the Dad at Dealer.com"
Mark races an Etchells, J/24 and his favorite boat a Lightning. He enjoys crusing with his wife Lynn and their Golden Retrieve, Laya on their O'Day 28, "Chapter Two".
Sherm White is a lifelong boater and skier. He practiced law in Lamoille County for many years before moving on to be a ski school manager at Smugglers Notch Resort, as well an owner in Umiak Outfitters in Stowe.
He has sailed on all kinds of boats on all kinds of water. He currently is an active big boat racer, and member of the Lake Champlain Yacht Club. He also canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards, and enjoys keeping his 4 grandchildren active on the Lake
Lori Fisher Executive Director Lake Champlain Committee
Lori Fisher is executive director of the Lake Champlain Committee, a bi-state nonprofit that uses science-based advocacy, education and collaborative action to promote a clean, accessible lake. LCC is also the home organization of the Lake Champlain Paddlers' Trail. A two-time recipient of the EPA's environmental merit award, Lori has over 30 years of experience working on water issues and implementing water protection programs and has authored numerous publications on lake issues and recreation. She chairs the Lake Champlain Citizens' Advisory Committee and is a Steering Committee member and policy advisor for the national America's Great Waters Coalition where she advocates for water protection at the regional and national level.
Douglas Brooks is a boatbuilder, writer and researcher. He specializes in the construction of traditional wooden boats for museums and private clients. He has worked as a boat builder and project manager for the National Maritime Museum in San Francisco, The National Park Service, the State of NewYork, Tri-Coastal Marine, and other museums across the United States and Japan. He teaches classes in boat building, lectures, and writes for WoodenBoat magazine.
In addition to building replicas of North American boats, Douglas has been researching traditional Japanese boat building since 1990, focusing on the techniques and design secrets of the craft. He has apprenticed with six boatbuilders in Japan since 1996. Douglas has published four books on Japanese boatbuilding.
Douglas is currently working with the Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury, Vermont on an ambitious project documenting the small boat traditions of the Lake Champlain Basin.
Chris Boget Executive Director Lake Champlain Land Trust
Chris has more than twenty years of experience in land conservation, including positions with the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, the Vermont Land Trust, and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Chris previously worked for the land trust as Director of Land Protection and Assistant Director and has extensive experience with landowner outreach and education.
He attained a Master of Science degree in Natural Resource Planning from the University of Vermont. His thesis used GIS models to compare methods of prioritizing of the most important conservation parcels in Rutland County Vermont. Chris holds an undergraduate degree in Biology from the College of William and Mary.
Colin Davis, Operations DirectorCommunity Sailing Center, Burlington Vermont
Colin, a native of Rochester NY, has been part of the Sailing Center team since 2004. With his rich background of sailing instruction and management, he has held a variety of positions including instructor and program director. After helping to create many of the successful systems within the organization, Colin now devotes his time to maintaining our vast fleet and intricate dock system. He is often seen out and about in the boat yard keeping all the nuts and bolts of the CSC in line.