MDI Community Sailing
Southwest Harbor
Mount Desert Island, Maine
Staff Bios
Ian Campbell

My name is Ian Campbell and I am the Director of Operations at

the Sailing Center. I've been sailing here for 20 years and this is my 12th year working here. I live in Southwest Harbor,and  as always looking forward to another great summer with the staff and sailors.

Channing Cook

My name is Channing Cook, and I am excited to

return to MDI Community Sailing this summer as

the Program Director after graduating from the

University of St Andrews.

I began at the Sailing Center as a camper when I

was 8 years old, and have since moved on to CIT

and instruct for about 7 years. When not sailing,

I love to spend my time running, hiking, drawing,

and walking my dog. I am so excited to be back

on MDI for another great summer, and to see all

of the campers and staff at MDICSC!




Allison Gingerich

I have been at MDICSC for 13 years. I grew up learning to sail on the island as well as in my hometown of Annapolis, where she sailed for her high school. I have sailed in several large 420 regattas along the coast, as well as local keelboat regattas on the island and in my hometown. I now attend St Marys College of Maryland, where I am an active member of the sailing team. This will be my 4th year coaching at MDICSC and I’m very excited for the summer.



Ellen McInnes

My name is Ellen McInnes, and I am from a small town in Western New York. I enjoy drawing and sports in my free time. I recently graduated high school, and I will be attending Dickinson College in the fall. I have been coming to Southwest Harbor all my life, and I have been part of the sailing center for eleven years. I am a second year instructor and am very excited for this summer!


Alec Fischella

I am currently a student at Mount Desert Island High School and a member of the school sailing team. Before becoming an instructor at the MDI Community Sailing Center I was a camper there for 7 years and took part in both the Opti Racing and 420 Racing programs. In addition to sailing, I am an aspiring musician and I perform in both community and school ensembles throughout the year.

Morgan Roberts

My name is Morgan Roberts, and I am 17 years old from Charleston, South Carolina. This will be my second year as a sailing instructor and 10th summer at MDISC. I have raced optis, 420s, and iODs with my dad. During the school year, I am busy playing lacrosse for my high school team. I love spending time with kids and jumping the causeway. I am looking forward to another great summer at MDISC!

Christiaan Smith

My name is Christiaan Smith. I am 17 years old and live In Annapolis, Maryland. I have been sailing my whole life and it has been a great part of my life. I am currently on the sailing team at my school as well.  When I’m not sailing, I love playing sports like tennis and soccer or hanging out with my friends.

Lucas Ingebritson

I am currently a Junior at Mount Desert Island High School and am a member of the MDIHS sailing team. I sailed in the Bullseye and 420 racing programs for 6 years before becoming an instructor. Aside from sailing, I am on the MDIHS robotics team.

Davis Block

My name is Davis Block. I am rising senior at The Shipley School and I live in Villinova. Pennsylvania. I have been coming to Southwest Harbor my whole life. I was a camper for 6 years and was a instructor for the first time last year. One of my favorite places on MDI is Crow Island which is off of Great Cranberry Island.

Ryer Hastings

I’m Ryer Hastings and I have been sailing at MDICSC for 10 years! I was a Counselor in Training for the past 2 years and this is my first year being a certified instructor! I am 16 years old, I live in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and spend my whole summers here in Southwest Harbor. I am super excited for this summer because I love all our staff, new and old students, and sailing!!!

Our Staff
MDICSC senior staff are at least level one certified US Sailing instructors. Having US Sailing certified instructors is the standard for any safe, quality junior or adult sailing program. US Sailing is the national governing body of the sport of sailing. To view the qualifications held by a US Sailing instructor please visit
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