Sailing School Staff


JULIA MELTON
Sailing School Director
   
 

Julia Melton is excited to be joining Chicago Yacht Club as the new Sailing School Director. She leaves her position as Sailing Director at Lauderdale Yacht Club FL, where she served for the past 3 years. Over this time she re-built the green fleet and saw immense overall growth for the Opti Program, while supporting LYC high school and laser sailors as they achieved numerous national accomplishments. 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 fair, 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.   


     
AMY GROSS-KEHOE
Opti Coach

 

     Amy Gross-Kehoe is known nationwide for her innovative, effective teaching and coaching skills. She has been coaching youth and collegiate sailors, and specifically Opti Green Fleet for over 20 years. Her energy and enthusiasm were instrumental in building the Opti class in New England and on the west coast. Amy's sailors love sailing, and keep sailing for life, she boasts having coached numerous Olympians, including medalists, college sailors of the year and Volvo Ocean Racers. On her own sailing resume are two Olympic Campaigns, ISAF Women's Match Race Worlds, ISAF Women's Keelboat Worlds, College Nationals, and numerous trips around the world to coach USODA teams at International Optimist Dinghy Championships. 




   
   
   
   

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.