Captain Kirk

Captain Kirk Kessler is a US Coast Guard Master Captain (USCG) and an American Sailing Association Certified (ASA) instructor, with more than 10 years and 25,000 miles logged on Lake Michigan. As the Founder of The Salty Dog Sailing Co., the safety and comfort of your party is his highest priority.

Capt. Kirk has been sailing for more than 30 years, and since 2004 has participated in scores of Lake Michigan club racing and overnight off-shore events. Since 2011, he has been hired by hundreds of happy passengers and students to share the serenity and adventure of Lake Michigan.

Captain Eric

Captain Eric LeVine is a US Coast Guard Master Captain (USCG) with more than 20 years sailing experience across the globe. Capt. Eric was born in New York and then raised in Belgium where he learned to sail at an early age.

Capt. Eric now spends his winters in Florida restoring sailboats and working as a Captain of luxury sailboat yachts, taking visitors from all corners of the world to beautiful US and British Virgin Islands. Capt. Eric looks forward to leading your group on a safe and fun Lake Michigan sailing excursion! And if you know French, you’re in luck! You’ll have someone with whom to converse!


Woody is a hypo-allergenic, non-shedding, 26 lb mini-golden doodle and has been sailing since 8 weeks of age. Woody loves to meet all our guests and never disappoints when it comes to entertainment. Ask him for a “High Five” and he won’t let you down!

As a beloved member of our company, Woody is incredibly relaxed on the water and in his time off the water, loves to chase geese, squirrels, and rabbits. Woody is the inspiration for the company name and logo.