Celeste Williams provided a retrospective history of the Lakeside waterfront and dock with focus on the evolution of the Lakeside Sailing School that began under her leadership in 1977.
Celeste Williams’ parents, Suzanne & Doug Cook, purchased 238 Lakefront when Celeste was 9 years old and she grew up as a “water bug” at the dock, earning sequential swimming badges under Frank Thompson, then American Red Cross (ARC) Jr and Sr lifesaving certificates. In her teens, she was racing and repairing her father’s motor boats.
John Bolster, a supervisor of ARC water safety programs in NW Ohio, visited Lakeside and realized this was a prime location to establish for a sailing program. John arranged for Celeste to attend the ARC certified sailing instructor course in Indiana and she returned with Lakeside’s first Sunfish tied to the top of her car. Celeste, age 22, established the Lakeside Sailing School in 1977 to teach safe boating skills and appreciates how this program has evolved. Her most recent achievement at Lakeside is teaching the second season of WOW – Women on Water – to give women over age 50 a chance to develop sailing skills. Celeste and her husband, Bill, both have licenses as U.S. Coast Guard master captains.