- Building American Leaders Through Sailing -

Avi Lessman

2014 Sapling

Avi has always had an appetence for anything water related. His summer days were filled with competitive swimming and lazy days at one of the South Shore beaches. Around 12 years of age, Avi’s mother added a sprinkling of wilderness by adding canoe tripping in the woods of Maine and Canada to the mix. Avi paddled his way down rapids, lit fires in many a deluge, and portaged miles and miles.

It was only recently, at the age of 23, that Avi discovered sailing. The story includes a Blue Jay, a squall, and fellow sapling Doug Reynolds.  His days are now spent preparing for his career as an English Teacher by studying at LIU in Brookville and racing on any boat he can step onto. To him, sailing is a coalescence of the best things in life: tests of strength, tests mental agility and acuity, practice and dedication, and the natural elements.

Avi is looking forward to tacking advantage of every opportunity Oakcliff will offer his way. Avi has since joined the staff at Oakcliff using his Education to assist in the training programs.