Sailing School Staff


 
DAVE GERBER
Sailing School Director
   
 

Dave Gerber lives in Traverse City, Michigan and has six kids, with Jessica, who all sail. He is an experienced sailboat racer, who won the 2012 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship with Flash Gordon, owned by Club members Helmut and Evan Jahn. They are the current Farr 40 North American Champions, which CYC hosted in September/October 2017. Dave also races extensively with Commodore Leif Sigmond on his sailboats and the J/111 team Kashmir. Dave has coached for Traverse Area Community Sailing and says he’s looking forward to working with Chicago Yacht Club.

 

 

     
MATT PETER
High Performance Head Coach
   
     The Sailing School is excited to welcome Matt Peter to Chicago Yacht Club as the new Head Coach! Matt Peter hails from Boston, Massachusetts. His extensive coaching experience began at Cape Cod Sea Camps with their learn-to-sail program in 2009. He then founded the sailing team at Emmanuel College where he studied graphic design and communications. After graduating, he took over the role of Head Coach for his alma mater, in addition to coaching for the Wentworth Institute of Technology Sailing Team and the Boston Latin School Sailing Team. He has coached for the Harvard Sailing Center as well as the Crimson Sailing Academy in the New England area. In recent years, he has worked at Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, in California as the Head Coach. At Corinthian, Matt worked closely with the travel race teams in addition to coaching the high school program.


   
   
   
   

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.