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Port Captain Introductions: Denny & Ellie Schurdell

Authored by Cindy Badley
February 7, 2024

Port Clinton, Ohio (E-20)

     Denny Schurdell has been a life-long teacher. He is retired as a visual arts teacher, K-12 and college. He coached for many years in wrestling, cross country and soccer.

     Denny has degrees from Kent State University, La Verne College, and Cleveland State University. 

     He belongs to the Sandusky Yacht Club, and is a former member of Bay Point Yacht Club and Harbor Bay Yacht Club. He is a founder of the former Catalina sailboat association-LECOA (Lake Erie Catalina Owners Association). 

     He has been a sailor since 1980, with a Sirius 21, Catalina 25, Catalina 320.

     He and his wife, Ellie, sail a Tartan 3700 hull No. 15. 

     The Schurdells enjoy photography and filmmaking. They have sailed on lakes Erie, Michigan, Huron and Ontario.