Big News For Gale Force Sailing – A Very Personal Note

May 24, 2010


I am happy to announce that there are a few changes coming for Gale Force Sailing.  In April I accepted the position of Executive Director with the Downtown Sailing Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Downtown sailing center is an incredible organization that is doing some very big things.  The Downtown Sailing Center is a volunteer-driven organization that instills confidence, teamwork and a sense of community through a range of educational and recreational sailing programs.  The DSC is working to provide access to the freedom of sailing to everyone in the greater Baltimore area, especially those with disabilities or limited income.  It is AWESOME!  We do work with at risk kids, people with disabilities and individuals who long for the water, but are challenged by income.  I get to help everyone go sailing!  What could be better than that?

The DSC represents, for me, a culmination of all the things I have been doing professionally for the past 10 years.  There is sailing, educating, advocating, motivating, managing, organizing, fundraising, strategic planning, communicating and a dozen other gerunds to describe what I view as a dream job.  I am loving it.

What the DSC represents to Gale Force Sailing and our clients is opportunity, clarity and stability.  Rather than scrambling to connect all the dots I will be free to pursue the best work and apply my best efforts – and not have to worry nearly as much about keeping the lights on at home.  Whew!

It also means my weekends are shot, from now until forever, but that’s OK – because I love what I am doing.  I know I am going to be busy juggling both responsibilities – but there is synergy between them.  And personally my coaching work is now more important than ever.  At my core I am an educator, and in order to continue developing professionally I must, and will, continue coaching.  In fact, I joked with someone the other day, that I wasn’t jumping ship – I was sailing a catamaran.  That was probably a bit of a stretch, but I think you get the idea.

So give me a call and let’s talk about your next program as well as my new adventure!

Thank you -


ps- Here is what the DSC Board President, Steve Smith, was kind enough to say about me coming onboard with the DSC.

Contact:    Steve Smith                        April 19, 2010
President, Board of Directors
410-667-0800 (w)
410-456-1591 (cell)

The Downtown Sailing Center Appoints Kristen Berry to Serve as Executive Director

April 19, 2010, Baltimore, MD–The Board of Directors of the Downtown Sailing Center announced today the appointment of Kristen A. Berry as its Executive Director.

Mr. Berry is a nationally respected sailor, sailing coach and environmentalist, who facilitates teambuilding through sailing,  and advocates for the protection of marine ecosystems.  Berry has recently been honored as National Sailor of the Week by US Sailing, the national governing body of sailing, and selected by GQ Magazine’s Gentlemen Fund as its 2009 Conservation Pillar Honoree.  Having sailed since childhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Berry has always been committed to quality sailing education and environmental awareness, serving as president of BirdPAC, a political action committee dedicated to bird conservation, director of communications and grassroots manager for The National Audubon Society, sailing coach and advisor for the National Maritime Heritage Foundation, and sailing instructor trainer for the United States Naval Academy.  Berry also owns Gale Force Sailing, an Annapolis based organization that provides international coaching, instruction, innovative team building and leadership development programs.  

According to Board President Stephen Smith, “Kristen Berry is held in very high regard by both sailors and environmentalists, is an outstanding educator, team builder and leader, and energizes everyone with whom he  works. We believe that in addition to having the passion and vision to lead our award winning organization, Kristen also has that special quality of great educators to motivate our large volunteer base and to connect with and excite the great number of at-risk youth and persons with disabilities we are so honored to serve.”

The Downtown Sailing Center is a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit community based sailing organization that provides affordable and accessible sailing and educational programs to all persons across the spectrum, regardless of age, income, ability or disability.  The Center’s 45 boat fleet and recently completed marina, located on the south harbor waterfront at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, provide a platform for a wide range of programs including a summer camp, disabled sailing, adult education, after work racing and sailing instructor training. The Center annually serves over 2,000 individuals from the Baltimore – Washington region and Pennsylvania.



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