Sail Buffalo Sailing School has been based out of Lake Erie’s shorelines for over 10 years and strives to make sailing affordable, accessible and fun for everyone!

Being on the water is a truly transformative experience. After the launch of our unique Eco Floating Classroom 2011, and after merging with Cazenovia Community Resource Center (501-C-3) during 2012, we have finally found an ideal location at 2 Fuhrmann Blvd by the USCG, and created a true Community Boating Center!

Head Instructor and Director of Programs & Operation is Captain Pierre Wallinder, an ASA Instructor since 2004. Other credentials include: Yacht-Master PZB, Past Trustee/Maritime Chair, WNY Maritime Charter School, currently the Provider for On-The-Water Training (since 2006)

  • ASA has been certifying students and instructors longer than any organization in the United States, and is recognized by schools, clubs and charter companies around the world.
  • ASA is endorsed as an official licensing program in the U.S. by the National Association of Boating Administrators and the United States Coast Guard.

  • We run ASA certification courses starting with Basic Keelboat 101 through 104 on weekends, weekdays and weekday evenings from May 15 to October 15.


The Sail Buffalo project entails the transformation of an abandoned inlet into a Community Boating Center that provides public access to Buffalo’s waterfront. We are an accredited sailing school with a mission to create an exciting safe and secure facility on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, enabling public access to the waterfront through boating, wellness and environmental programming. Our goal is to provide a destination for on-the-water training, holistic learning experiences, wellness and environmental education regardless of income, gender and age, including people with disabilities, and to provide a safe-haven for young veterans and their families.

Come Aboard!

A life long sailor who grew up on the windy shores of the West Coast of Sweden. After coming to Buffalo, he received Captain’s License and ASA Instructor credentials.

Captain Pierre Wallinder, Director of Operations

Al is a passionate teacher who loves children and to see them succeed on the water. She is an ASA Certified Sailing Instructor and Visionary.

Sailing Instructor and Visionary

Having began his sailing career relatively late in life at 30 years old, Tim dove into the sport with a passion and quickly obtained his ASA 101, 103, 104 and 114 designations. During his eighteen years of sailing he has become an accomplished racer as well as a frequent cruiser in the Caribbean.

Tim Overdorf, Sailing Instructor