Sailing School Staff


 
JULIA MELTON
Sailing School Director
   
 

Julia Melton is looking forward to another summer as Sailing School Director. Over the past year, she has focused her efforts on the growth of CYC's Opti Program. Julia hails from Annapolis, Maryland, and graduated from Eckerd College of St. Petersburg, FL in 2012 with a Major in Environmental Studies and Minors in Art and Chemistry. During her time at Eckerd, Julia sailed on the nationally ranked women’s Sailing team, as well as competing in co-ed team racing events. She crewed in A division at two ICSA Women’s Nationals. Julia is passionate about teaching: she did educational internships with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Edible Peach Patch Gardening Initiative, and has worked towards her teacher certification. Julia was also Head Sailing Instructor at both Eastport Yacht Club (Annapolis) and Mattituck Yacht Club (NY)  prior to joining LYC. Julia enjoys competing in Snipes, J70’s, and Team Racing. She has become one of the most sought after Snipe crews in the nation, with numerous top finishes: 1st 2016 Commodore Rasco, 2nd 2015 Colonial Cup, 1st 2014 Don Q, and 2 nd 2013 North Americans. Julia looks forward to bringing these experiences to Chicago Yacht Club and seeing the program grow and continue to produce great sailors!

 

 

     
ISAAC CLARK
Head Coach
   
    Isaac Clark grew up in Virginia, sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. He pursued his passion for sailing as a member of the College of William & Mary sailing team, serving as the starting A-Skipper, and team president. In 2012 he won team MVP and was nominated for the prestigious Purrington Award. Coach Clark has coached the highly successful Christchurch School sailing team as well as their Team Racing National Championship winning Club 420 Summer team. His coaching is based on competitive sailing with emphasis on perfect practice and self-discipline.  Coach Clark also serves as High School Representative on the Club 420 Class Association Board of Directors.   


 








SUMMER STAFF 2017
 
     
 YOUSSEF AKROUT
Laser Coach
   
    Youssef Akrout comes to Chicago from Tunisia. Youssef is a two time Olympian both in London 2012 and Rio 2016 in the Laser class. He has been ranked top 20 in the ISAF ranking for several months and also is a record holder for being the first to link two continents (Africa to Europe) on a single handed dinghy. He has extensive experience coaching Lasers internationally with concrete results (Norway, India, Emirates and Bahrein). Additionally, Youssef has a degree in athletic training as well as physiotherapy. He plans to incorporate fitness training and team workouts in his practices this summer.
     
 MARK DAVIES
420 Race Coach
   
     Mark was born raised in Chicago. He began sailing at the age of 4 and racing at 7 in the Opti. He qualified for three but competed in two USODA Team Trials before moving onto the C420 at CYC. He raced for four summers, finishing well every year. Mark’s sailing experience expanded throughout high school into Lasers, team racing and match racing. He has qualified and competed in youth nationals for both Lasers and match racing. Mark is a member of the Northwestern University Sailing Team, which he led to winning the district championship in the fall. He looks forward to sharing his passion to the young sailors he gets spend his summer with. 
     
 ANNABEL CARRINGTON
420 Race Coach
   
     Annabel Carrington found a love for sailing in her small town on the Rappahannock River in Virginia.  She sailed on the Varsity team at Christchurch school for four years and was the captain for two years.  This passion led her to the College of Charleston where she is a competitive sophomore on the team today.  Also at the College, Annabel is earning her degree in secondary education.  Her leadership and teaching skills translate well into coaching as seen last summer when she coached the Christchurch team to second place at the CJ Buckley National Team Race Championship.  Annabel has crewed in many competitive regattas including winning the 2015 Team Race National Championship in 420s and placing 5th in Club 420 Nationals.  She is excited to bring this experience and joy and competitiveness of sailing to Chicago this summer.  
     
 HECTOR GUZMAN
Opti Red White Blue Coach
   
     Hector started sailing competitively in Valle de Bravo, Mexico at age seven. When he was nine he made the Mexican national team and competed in several international events including four Optimist World Championships and one Laser World Championship. After graduating optis and sailing lasers, he continued his high-school career at Christchurch School in VA, where he was the captain and MVP of their sailing team. As a skipper, Hector finished 1st at Club 420 Team Racing Nationals and 5th at C420 Nationals before graduating high-school. Because of his love and passion for sailing Hector decided to continue his academic career in the US and join Hobart College’s Sailing Team where he became an All American skipper his freshman year - 17’. Prior to coaching at CYC last year, Hector ran his own sailing camp  for several years in Mexico where he was also the head coach. Hector not only enjoys sailing but also sharing his knowledge with other people as well as making long lasting friendships. He is excited to return this year and continue working with the Opti Race Team.
     
 LINDSEY KLOC
Opti Green Coach
   
     Growing up in Barrington, Rhode Island, I began sailing optis in my local yacht club sailing  program at the age of 6. Eager to begin racing a few years later, I joined the FAST optimist sailing team in Newport, Rhode Island. Under head coach Cristian Noe, I traveled with the team to various national and international events. Following my time in optis, I began competing in the club 420 - as a skipper and crew - with the Breton Cove Racing Program at Sail Newport. I was captain of the Barrington High School sailing team for two years, as well as the captain of my track team my senior year. Currently, I am a political science major and a member of the sailing team at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. For the past two summers, I have been working as an instructor for the Sail Newport Youth Program, coaching anything from beginner optis to advanced 420s. I have never been to Chicago before, but I am excited to be coaching Green Fleet this summer!
     
LUCY McCUTCHEON
Summer Instructor

 

  Lucy McCutcheon is 19 and comes from Dublin! She studies Biomedical science in University College Dublin and lives very close to the sea. She has been sailing since she was seven years old, and has loved every second of it! She sailed Oppies and 420s, and is currently sailing on her University's sailing team in fireflies every weekend. She is very excited to travel to America this summer and meet everyone in Chicago Yacht Club!



CHARLIE MILLER
Summer Instructor
   
    Currently, most of Charlie's time on the water consists of sailing for Hobart And William Smith Colleges in upstate New York - coached by Scott Ikle and Dan Thompson. Charlie began sailing competitively when he was seven years old out of San Diego Yacht Club. Following his time in Naples sabots where he began, he continued his youth sailing career in various double-handed classes, including FJs, international and club 420s, and 29ers. His sailing instructing career has consisted of coaching sabots and some double-handed sailing for the past three summers at South Western Yacht Club in San Diego. He is very excited to have a new and successful experience working for such an esteemed junior program this summer in Chicago.
     
PETER ODOM
Summer Instructor
   
     Peter started sailing the summer of second grade and has been improving his skill ever since. He sailed for his high school team all four years and became a prominent member and leader on the team. This will be his third summer coaching sailing, second at CYC. He enjoys teaching sailing and passing on this sport that he loves to the world’s next sailors.
     
 ALEXANDRA WALSH
Summer Instructor
   
    Alex studies science at Trinity College Dublin and is excited to come and spend her summer in Chicago. She started sailing at age 7 in Dunlaoghaire and has since raced Optis, 420s and Lasers competitively. She is currently sailing with her college team racing team. She can't wait to have fun both on and off the water at Chicago Yacht Club this summer. 
     
SABINA VAN MELL
Summer Instructor
   
    Sabina Van Mell grew up sailing at Chicago Yacht Club. She sailed for four years with the Walter Payton sailing team, which she helped found her freshman year. She is currently at Tufts University and sails in many events with the team. She mainly competes in 420s and FJs, and she is looking forward to another two years of college sailing. Sabina is excited for the summer and can’t wait to meet all the new sailors. 
     
 CLAUDIA ISBELL
Summer Instructor
   
     Claudia is a rising freshmen in college where she hopes to continue her passion for sailing. She has been sailing 420’s and Sonars since 6th grade and this will be her second year coaching. She loves working with kids and spreading her love for sailing to those who can’t wait to get out on the water from a young age. 
     
 ABBY MCFADYEN
Summer Instructor
   
   

Abby McFadyen is a Chicago native, and CYC Junior alumni.  She is a freshman at Miami University majoring in Professional Writing and minoring in Marketing. She learned to sail when she was seven years old in Nantucket, MA and then came to the CYC when she was eight years old and continued to sail all the way through high school. She sailed for Saint Ignatius College Prep, and now sails at Miami. One of her favorite parts about sailing are all of the friends she has made in the small community that have stuck with her for so many years. 

     
 MATT ALFANO
Summer Instructor
   
     Matt Alfano first started sailing when he was 7 years old. He grew up sailing keelboats and sunfish, but his racing career had its start in high school. He competed for Saint Ignatius in the 420, Sonar, and j70 at several national events. He looks forward to sharing his sailing knowledge this summer as an instructor at CYC. 
     
 AMANDA BYRNE
Summer Instructor
   
    Amanda Byrne is a Chicago native who has been passionate about sailing since her introduction to the sport at age 8 at Macatawa Bay Yacht Club while on vacation with her family in Michigan. Amanda sailed competitively in high school at Loyola Academy where she served as a team captain during her senior year. As an upperclassman she shared her love of sailing with her younger classmates, helping to teach in the Club Sailing program. Her past two summers have been spent teaching Youth Sailing at Lake Forest Park District. Amanda loves teaching new sailors and feels that when you love your job, it never seems like work. She is a rising Junior at George Washington University in D.C. where she is studying International Affairs and is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a coed community service fraternity. While Amanda loves living in D.C., she looks forward to her summers racing on Lake Michigan. She is excited about joining the sailing staff at CYC this summer and is excited teaching the next generation of young sailors. 
     
WILL PLOVANIC
Summer Instructor
   
  Will has sailed at CYC since he was about eleven and has branched out in his sailing career since then. He has done everything from racing optimists to delivering a 53 foot boat across the Caribbean. He learned his dingy skills at CYC being part of the race team. He also attended the 420 race team and sailed in many of the local regattas around the midwest. He also Delivered a Galant 53 from St.Thomas to Grenada at over 1,700 nautical miles over three weeks. He has just recently gained some keel boat racing experience at the J70 Charleston race week. 
     
  TIERNAUR ANDERSON
Administrative Assistant
   
     Tiernaur has been sailing at Chicago Yacht Club for as long as she can remember. Growing up, she spent her summers learning to sail here, and has loved seeing the program develop throughout the years. She just completed her freshman year at Villanova, and enjoyed getting a chance to sail on the East Coast, but is happy to be back on Lake Michigan for the season. This will be her fourth summer working at CYC, and she is thrilled to be back working with both new and returning sailors and their families. 
     

   
   
   
   

Catalina was first introduced to sailing as a baby cruising on throughout the North East on her family’s 38-foot yawl. Later, she began racing Optis and competing with junior sailing programs across Long Island Sound. Four summers ago, Catalina jump-started her keelboat-racing career at Oakcliff Sailing Center in Oyster Bay, where she was first introduced to match racing. Leaving junior racing behind, Catalina was exposed to the keelboat-racing world and she cannot get enough. Catalina has competed locally, nationally, and abroad. Catalina has spent the last two summers coaching Optis at Seawanhaka Yacht Club on Long Island and is currently a skipper on Columbia University's Sailing Team. Catalina is looking forward to coming to Chicago Yacht Club and is excited to share her passion and knowledge of sailing as an instructor this summer. 

   
   

Catalina was first introduced to sailing as a baby cruising on throughout the North East on her family’s 38-foot yawl. Later, she began racing Optis and competing with junior sailing programs across Long Island Sound. Four summers ago, Catalina jump-started her keelboat-racing career at Oakcliff Sailing Center in Oyster Bay, where she was first introduced to match racing. Leaving junior racing behind, Catalina was exposed to the keelboat-racing world and she cannot get enough. Catalina has competed locally, nationally, and abroad. Catalina has spent the last two summers coaching Optis at Seawanhaka Yacht Club on Long Island and is currently a skipper on Columbia University's Sailing Team. Catalina is looking forward to coming to Chicago Yacht Club and is excited to share her passion and knowledge of sailing as an instructor this summer.