Andrew Kerr was born
in Plymouth, Devon, England and graduated from the London School of Economics
with a bachelor’s degree in Government and politics.
He is a resident of Olympia, Washington and his wife Stephanie, a former
America’s cup sailor with the America 3 team, has a Doctorate from the
University of Idaho in Sports Pedagogy. They have two children- Liam and Kellen
and enjoy family sailing on their Santana 20, Olson 25 and Laser’s.
A full time coach, seminar speaker & North U instructor, Andrew has given
seminars all over the world for a wide variety of groups, classes and yacht
He has been a head coach at the Boston Sailing Center, an assistant Director at
Steve Colgate’s offshore sailing school in Tortola, BVI and an original member
of the coaching staff (and instructor trainer) of the J World sailing school in
San Diego when it started in the winter of 1988.
He has also been a member of the coaching staff’s at the J World sailing
school’s in Annapolis, Newport (RI) and Key West where he was also head
instructor trainer at those locations.
He is also a coach
for US Sailing and was a part of the Road to the Rolex
coaching staff for the Rolex Woman’s Keel boat World Championships.
Teams and individuals that he has coached have won the Farr 40 Nationals, J80
North American’s, Benetau 40.7 North American’s, J105 North American’s, Mumm 30
North American’s, Lewmar Cup, ID35 Nationals, ID35 Great Lakes Championships,
J120 Great lakes championships, Block Island race week, Key West Race
week, SORC, Long Beach Race Week, Chicago to Mackinac race, Port Huron to
Mackinac race, LMSRF boat of the year multiple times in different classes,
Harbor Springs boat of the regatta, J105 president’s trophy (southern
circuit championships), NOOD boat of the regatta multiple times, J24 NW
Championship traveling series, J24 San Francisco fleet championship series
multiple times, J24 Western Regional championships and many NOOD regatta’s in a
wide variety of classes .
Some of his accomplishments include winning the J24 Nationals 7 times, the J24
North American’s, the Santana 20 Nationals 11 times, the J27 North American’s,
US sailing’s National Offshore championships ( Lloyd Phoenix Trophy) , the
Holder 20 Nationals, Block Island race week, the SORC , BVI Spring
regatta & Key West race week multiple times.
He has also placed 3rd, 4th and 5th at the J24
World Championships and 5th at the J22 World Championships.
In addition he has placed 2nd through 5th (in all cases multiple
times) in the National and/ or North American Championships of the
J24, J22, J27, J105 ( Coach),
Benetau 40.7 (Coach), J35, T10, Santana 20, Ensign, Sonar, Mumm 30, J120,
J80, Melges 24 , Express 27 and S27.9 classes.
He has been a part of teams that won the J80 US Midwinter’s four times, the J27
US Midwinter’s multiple times, the Melges 24 US Midwinter championship circuit,
the Melges 24 Great lakes Championship circuit, as well as 4 J35 Great Lakes
Over the span of sailing World magazines NOOD regatta’s – 1988 to present - he
has been a part of teams that have won 30 NOOD events in a wide variety of one
design classes and locations.
Andrew also enjoys writing coaching articles and is a contributor to Sailing
World and a wide variety of one design class websites and newsletter’s.
He is a member of the Southwestern Yacht club in San Diego, CA where he was one
design sailor of the year in 2000 and coach of the clubs Lipton Cup team. He is
also a member of the South Sound Sailing Society in Olympia, WA and a member of the Eugene Yacht Club.