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Billy Van Der Wal

Billy was born and raised in Rhode Island and grew up sailing. He started sailing Optimists when he was eight years old, moved into larger dinghies, and eventually worked and raced old America's Cup boats (12 meters) as a summer job throughout college, where he studied Sociology and Urban Studies. He taught sailing in New York City to both kids and adults, and is an avid proponent of outdoor education and spreading the exciting world of sailing! More recently, Billy has been stoking his passion for alternative education and exploring more innovative and engaging models for educating kids.