Sailing Portal™ is a US Sailing Accredited School. The Sailing Portal brand was established as a dba of Karen Lile Productions in 2021 to preserve the traditions of quality instruction with the sailing instructors who have taught at Berkeley Marina for many years.
Karen Lile Productions (KLP) was the behind-the-scenes tour operator for OCSC’s Adventure Safaris in Tanzania and Zanzibar.
Sailing Portal employees collectively have a tremendous knowledge base of sailing in the San Francisco Bay area and internationally and of administration of maritime organizations.
We owe a debt of gratitude to US Sailing for their superior standards and demand for high quality and supportive training for our instructors. And we thank Michael Arntz and Eric Wittig for contributing to the curriculum that we use.
Karen Lile, the owner of KLP is an entrepreneur with many credits to her name, including founder and host of Sail Sport Talk and co-founder of Piano Finders, Building Bridges, Commodore of the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians San Francisco Fleet (and Past IYFR International Bridge Member). She is an honorary member of the Golden Gate Yacht Club and a delegate for many years to the Pacific Inter-Club Yachting Association (PICYA) She is the PICYA Inclusive Sailing Committee Chair. Her company, Karen Lile Productions is a service provider for Grays Harbor Historical Seaport, Oakland Symphony and USPS Building Bridges Special Postal Cancellation Series. Karen is a second generation boater and has sailed along the Pacific Coast to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in the US and British Virgin Islands and in the Indian Ocean. Even with over 3,000 hours on the water, Karen is herself taking the Berkeley Sailing Portal courses taught by the school, in order to master any skills she may have missed in her previously informal training.