Our experienced staff of US Sailing Certified Instructors is dedicated
to providing students with the highest quality instruction available. All
instructors have current Red Cross Certification in CPR and First Aid.
Our race coaches bring years of racing experience to the Program and are
US Sailing Level 2 Certified. Most of our staff learned to sail right
here at Sandy Bay!
Our Sailing Program also has a dedicated group of individuals serving
on the Sailing Program Oversight Committee. We are very fortunate and
grateful for their commitment and tireless service.
Alex Levin (Program Director)
Alex Levin will be returning to the Sandy Bay Yacht Club for his 11th summer,
third as Program Director. Alex grew up sailing and racing at Sandy Bay, and has
since competed in Optis, Lasers, 420s, Stars and Rhodes 19. In 2011, Alex
graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Environmental Studies
and Green Building/Community Design. Alex is CPR/First Aid certified and US
Sailing Level I, Level II Race Coach and Level III Head Instructor certified.
During the school year, Alex is the head coach of the Middlebury College sailing
team. Outside of the sailing season, Alex enjoys skiing across the western part
of the United States. He also holds his Wilderness First Responder Certification
and Outdoor Emergency Care certification, as well as his Avalanche 1. Alex is
looking forward to another exciting summer at Sandy Bay.
Lee Lyon will be joining us again for his 12th year. Lee is a Rockport native,
and grew up sailing in Sandy Bay. He started teaching sailing in 2001. He
devotes most of his time to skiing in mountains around the world. When not in
Rockport, Lee calls Las Leñas, Argentina and Hakuba, Japan home. Lee spent this
past spring skiing Alaska’s gigantic northern gigantic peaks. Lee will be
working with 420 classes this summer, running the 420 Race Team. Lee has taught
all classes from Opti beginner to Opti intro to race to 420 classes. Lee is US
Sailing Level 1, CPR, and First Aid certified.
Matt Safford grew up in Hamilton,
Massachusetts, and started sailing Optis at SBYC when he was eight years
old. He has since competed at a high level in Optis, Lasers, and Club
420s at Sandy Bay as well as Pleon Yacht Club. Matt will be joining the
coaching staff for his first year as the Opti Race team Coach. Matt
recently graduated from St. John’s Prep, and will be continuing his
studies at Bowdoin College where he will also be on the sailing team. In
his free time, Matt enjoys skiing, windsurfing, and working on his car.
is US Sailing Level 1 Certified as well as CPR and 1st Aid certified. He
is looking forward to a great first summer coaching Optis at Sandy Bay!
Camille Homa is 19 years old and from Marblehead,
MA. She first went on a boat at six months old and has loved being on the
water ever since. Camille started taking sailing lessons at Pleon Yacht
Club when she was nine years old, and at Marblehead High School sailed
for four years as a varsity skipper on the sailing team. This fall, she
will begin her junior year at Boston College. When Camille is not
sailing, she can be seen writing for BC's newspaper, The Heights, or
dancing with BC's Irish dance group. She is a nationally ranked Irish
step dancer, and if you ask nicely, she might dance a few steps for you!
Camille is very excited to share her love for sailing and coach Opti
classes for her second summer here at Sandy Bay and in Rockport! Camille
is US Sailing Level 1 certified and CPR and 1st Aid certified as well.
She hopes to see you on and off the water.
Emma grew up in Lexington, MA and learned to sail at Sandy
Bay when she was eight years old. She has been an avid competitor in the
Opti and 420 and is looking forward to sharing her love for the sport
during her first summer as an instructor. In the fall, Emma will be
continuing her studies at Boston College as a sophomore. Though she was a
skipper at Sandy Bay for three years, she began crewing at Pleon and is
now a crew on the Boston College sailing team. Emma enjoys skiing in the
seasons where it is too cold to be on the water and has worked as a ski
instructor in Vermont the past two years. Emma is US Sailing Level 1
Certified as well as CPR and 1st Aid certified. She is excited to return
to Sandy Bay and work with the Opti and 420 classes!
James Vassallo is returning this summer as a full time 420 instructor. James
will be entering his freshman year at Northeastern University, where he plans to
study Music Industry. He has played varsity baseball and soccer at Pingree
School while focusing mostly on playing the guitar. James has traveled to
California to record some of his music and hopes to continue playing a variety
of genres of music in the future. James recently completed his US Sailing Level
1 certification course, USCG Launch Operator’s course, AIDA Freediving course
and is also CPR and First Aid certified.