Gateway Sailing, Inc., dba Sailing Portal, a CA non-profit, was founded by Karen E. Lile, Michael Arntz and Jim Wong. When OCSC, a sailing school located in the Berkeley Marina for over 40 years, closed its doors during the pandemic in 2021, Sailing Portal™ was created, to continue the values and traditions of quality sailing instruction with the input of two of former OCSC core instructors, Michael Arntz and Eric Wittig. Initially, Karen Lile Productions hosted the school from 2021 to 2022 as a dba and obtained US Sailing Accredited School certification for the school Then on June 7, 2022, Gateway Sailing Inc, was incorporated in CA as a non-profit and the school’s assets were donated to the non-profit. Although the ownership of the school has changed to a non-profit, the school remains under the same US Sailing Accreditation where it continues to operate in the Berkeley Marina today.
Sailing Portal employees collectively have a tremendous knowledge base of sailing in the San Francisco Bay area and internationally.
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 is used today, under the Sailing Portal™ brand (copyrights and trademark registered under KLPN Provider, Inc.)
Gateway Sailing, Inc. Current Board of Directors:
President: Michael Arntz
Secretary/Treasurer: Jim Wong
Director: Tom Harrison
Executive Director: Michael Arntz
Honorary Advisory Council Chairman: Karen E. Lile
Thanks to Our Founders:
Karen E. Lile, 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, and Karen Lile Productions. She is the Past 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) and an Honorary Advisory Member of Treasure Island Museum and Gateway Sailing Inc. 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.
Michael Arntz is a US Air Force Veteran and graduate of University of California at Berkeley. Michael began sailing in 1992 and quickly became a volunteer instructor and then a Cruising Skipper at the Cal Sailing Club in Berkeley. His passion for sailing instruction led him to become a US Sailing Certified Sailing Instructor and a US Coast Guard licensed Captain at OCSC, Olympic Circle Sailing Club, in Berkeley from 2008 to 2021, when OCSC closed due to the pandemic. The photo above is of Michael at a mooring in Jost Van Dyke. He has sailed in the British Virgin Islands every year since 2013
Michael co-owns a 36’Cruising sailboat on which he sails the San Francisco Bay, Delta and near coastal waters. Michael has skippered multiple cruises in the British and US Virgin Islands and has sailed on the West Coast of Mexico. He teaches Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising and Bareboat Cruising as a US Sailing Certified Sailing instructor. He is also US Sailing Adaptive Sailing Instructor. Adaptive Sailing blends skill mastery with adaptation for students, so sailing is accessible to them, for their circumstances.
Jim Wong has a Master of Business Administration Degree from George Washington University, is a Real Estate Agent in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been a boat owner and sailing in the San Francisco Bay since 2006.