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.
Lee has been coaching at SBYC for
many years, but this is first year as Program Director. Lee is a Rockport
native, and grew up sailing in Sandy Bay. He started teaching sailing in 2003.
He devotes most of his time to skiing in mountains around the world. When not
in Rockport, Lee can usually be found in Las Leñas Argentina, Hakuba Japan, or
Valdez Alaska. Lee has taught all classes from Opti Beginner to 420 Race Team.
Lee is Wilderness First Responder and a licensed EMT.
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 second summer as an instructor. In the fall, Emma will be
continuing her studies at Boston College as a junior. 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!
Matt grew up living in Marblehead and
sailing at Pleon Yacht Club. He is a rising senior at George Washington
University studying Mechanical Engineering where he is also on the
varsity sailing team. This will be Matt's first summer coaching at Sandy
Bay and third summer coaching sailing. Matt enjoys sailing dinghies
especially on the collegiate circuit. Matt also has experience in a
variety of keelboats including Sonars, Rhodes, Etchells, and J-22s. Some
of Matt's favorite moments in 420s include sailing at 420 North Americans
in Brant Beach and the CJ Buckley Team Race in East Greenwich.
Hannah is from Marblehead, MA and a recent graduate of Boston College.
She grew up sailing Optis and Lasers at Pleon Yacht Club, and was a
member of the Marblehead High School and Boston College sailing teams.
She started sailing at a young age, crewing for her father in Etchells
and Sonars. More recently Hannah has been sailing J70 events during the
summer, as well as team racing in her Vanguard 15. Outside of sailing,
her hobbies include running, cooking, and paddleboarding with my dog, and
she is an avid skier during the off-season. Hannah is really looking
forward to getting to know everyone and having a great summer here at
Jeremy McCauley is an opti instructor returning from last year. He is
very much looking forward to working with all opti classes and helping
everyone improve their sailing abilities. Jeremy is a US Sailing Level 1
instructor, and is First Aid / CPR certified. We are pleased to say that
Jeremy grew up sailing here and is currently attending Stonybrook
University, majoring in Psychology and looking to add Philosophy.
Nina McCloy is a rising Junior at Hamilton Wenham Regional high school.
She is on the varsity soccer and varsity swim team at her school. She has
lived in Rockport all of her life and has been sailing at SBYC for 8
years now. Currently she is a member of the 420 race team. She is a
Junior Instructor and Junior Commodore at the yacht club.
Emmi is a junior instructor here at
Sandy Bay. She grew up sailing Optis and 420s here and continues to race
on the 420 race team. She lives in Texas and is a rising junior at
Carnegie Vanguard High School. She gets good grades and has no cavities.
Clare Coyne is a rising senior at
Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut where she is a member of the
varsity field hockey team, and has grown up sailing and racing here at
Sandy Bay. She is a current member of the 420 race team and a Co-Junior
Commodore, helping to support and plan events for the junior sailing
program. Clare has spent the past few summers helping out as a Junior
Instructor in both the Opti and 420 classes, and is US Sailing Level I
Certified. This summer, she is very excited to be teaching the sport she
loves in a place that feels like a second home.
Henry Mattson is a Junior instructor
who grew up sailing at Sandy Bay and is currently on the 420 Race Team.
He is a Junior at Rockport High School and plays Varsity Soccer. Henry is
also a Jr commodore and is excited to be teaching Optis and 420s.
Cat is going on 17 years old and has
been sailing at the Sandy Bay Yacht Club with her sailing loving family
since she started the opti beginner class at the age of seven. She has
raced on the opti team and is now skippering on the 420 race team. Her
brothers and cousins can also usually be spotted at the yacht club. Cat
is an avid alpine ski racer and has attended a ski academy in Vermont for
the past five years and next fall is transferring to Proctor Academy in
New Hampshire where she will continue to ski. In her free time she also
loves playing soccer, lacrosse, tennis, doing yoga, or being crafty. She
loves kids and is super excited to be JI-ing for her second year!
Zoe Ting is a rising senior at
Buckingham Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She
lives in Lexington, MA during the school year and in Rockport during the
summer. She has sailed Optis at SBYC since she was 10 years old and 420s
since she was 14. She also races 420s for her school in the spring. She
likes furry footed creatures (especially dogs), music, and crepes.
However, when it comes to food, she’s not picky at all, and will gladly
accept any edible donations. She also devoured half of the cake upstairs