Briana Provancha (I420)

  • Hometown: San Diego, CA
  • Born and raised in San Diego, CA
  • Attended Boston College '12 
  • Currently work in Brand Marketing for the Hertz Corporation in Florida
  • US Sailing Team 2013- 2016
  • 2016 Olympian, 470 
  • 2016 Olympic Test Event Champion
  • 5 x Collegiate National Champion (Boston College)
  • 2 Sailing World Cup Podium Finishes
  • ISAF Youth Worlds Champion, 2007
  • 3 x ISAF Youth Worlds representative 2005 – 2007

Amanda Clark (I420)

  • Home Town: Greenport NY
  • Grew up sailing out of the Shelter Island Yacht Club, Shelter Island, NY
  • Raced Optimist from age 7-15 was a member of the South American Team, European Team and Worlds Team 
  • 2 time Leiter Cup Champion (Laser Radial)
  • 3 time Youth World Team Member finishing with a Bronze medal in 1999
  • 2 time Women's College All American for Connecticut College. 
  • 1 time winner of the College Women's Single Handed National Championship
  • US SAILING Team Member 1998-2012 (Europe Dinghy Class and 470)
  • 2 time Olympian 470 class  Beijing 2008 and London 2012
  • Tactician Swan 42 Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup representing Shelter Island Yacht Club
  • Mother of a 3 year old

Udi Gal (I420)

  • Grew up and raised in Israel, Lived in the states (San Francisco, CA) the last three years.
  • Sailed dinghies and big boats since I remember myself.
  • 2nd in the Open Worlds, I420.
  • European and World Champion in 470.
  • 3 times Bronze 470 world championship (2006-8).
  • 3 (two silver, one bronze) Medals in the 470 Europeans
  • First world ranking in 470 multiple times.
  • Won several world cups and other top international results.
  • Compete in two Olympic games (Athens 2004 & Beijing 2008).
  • Coached the 470 Women Olympic American team (London 2012)
  • Coached the 470 Men Olympic Israeli team (Rio 2016).
  • More than 10 years coaching international teams.
  • Head coach at PYSF currently
  • Masters in Sport Psychology at JFK University.

Mike Scott (Formula Kite) 

  • Born in Hiroshima Japan, grew up and sailed in Kaneohe Hawaii 
  • Began sailing/ racing El toros dinghy age 8  
  • Started Kiteboarding 2002
  • Raced competitively in High school in Laser and 420 class 
  • 3rd US junior Single Handed Nationals Smythe trophy 2003 
  • 1st US Youth Championships Laser 2004 
  • University of Hawaii Sailing team 2004-08 
  • Named to All PCCSC coed team 2006-07 
  • 2nd Stanford Team race 2007 
  • 1st 2007 PCCSC Fall Dinghy Championships 
  • 6th US sailing Adult Championships 2015 
  • 1st Hawaii J24 State Championships 2015, 2018 
  • Currently competing on the Hydrofoil pro tour 

Evan Heffernan (Formula Kite)

  • Born and raised in Santa Barbara
  • Sailed 29ers and CFJs throughout high school
  • Attended 3 CISA Clinics as a 29er sailor
  • 10th in Formula Kite World Rankings
  • Working remotely as an iOS Developer

Richard Feeny (29er)

  • From Ithaca, NY
  • 2x College All American at Brown U.
  • 3x National Champion and 1 World Championship various classes
  • Over 50,000 blue-water miles logged
  • Fastnet Race, Bermuda Race, Jamaica Race, Mackinac Race
  • 2013 – Present: US Sailing Youth National Coach
  • 2013 – Present: New Bedford Community Boating Center Education Director

Mimi El-Khazindar (29er)

  • Grew up in London, UK
  • Senior at Stanford University, studying Engineering with a focus in Product Design
  • 29er World, European, 2-time UK National Champion 
  • Awarded 2015 British Youth Sailor of the Year
  • ISAF Youth Worlds 2013
  • Opti UK National Champion  
  • Opti European Championships team member for Team GBR

Duncan Williford (29er) 

  • From Fort Lauderdale, FL 
  • Grew up sailing optis 
  • High school sailing team St. Thomas Aquinas 
  • Sailed 3 years in the 29er 
  • Top 10 finish at 2013 29er worlds, 1st at Youth Champs 
  • Dartmouth College Sailing team, co-captain 
  • Coached 5 years in the 29er 
  • Currently sailing 49ers 

Brett Davis (Radial)

Racing Background

  • 1987, 1988 Optimist World Championship Team Member
  • 1991 US Youth Champion, Laser
  • 1995 Collegiate All-American, Harvard University
  • 2000 3rd at US Olympic Laser Trials
  • 2000-2004, Member of US Sailing Team, Laser
  • 2009 1st at Masters Mid-Winters, Laser

Coaching Background

  • 2005-2012 Laser Full Rig Coach at CISA Advanced Racing Clinic, Long Beach, CA
  • 2008 US Olympic Committee Developmental Coach of the Year
  • 2007 US Sailing Youth Worlds Coach of Annie Haegar, 2nd in  Women's Radial Laser
  • 2008 US Sailing Youth Worlds Coach of Luke Lawrence, 2nd in Men's Standard Laser
  • 2009-2011 US Sailing Development Team Clinic Coach
  • 2016 Coach of Sophia Reineke, 1st place Cressy Trophy High School Nationals
  • 2017 Coach of Chase Carraway, 1st place Cressy Trophy High School Nationals
  • 2016-2017 Lauderdale Yacht Club Laser Race Team Coach

Giselle Camet Nyenhuis (Radial)

  • Grew up sailing at San Diego Yacht Club (originally from Argentina)
  • 1992 Olympic Games – represented Argentina in first ever Women’s Singlehanded division (Europe dinghy)
  • 1990 Youth World Championship – Gold Medalist (Laser Radial)
  • 1989, 1993 Laser Radial Women’s World Championships – 2x Silver Medalist
  • 1989, 1996 U.S. Women’s Open Singlehanded Championship – 2x Gold Medalist (Laser Radial)
  • 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 U.S. Youth Junior Women’s Champion (Leiter Cup) – 3x Gold Medalist, 1x Silver Medalist (Laser Radial)
  • Majored in Mechanical Engineering at UCSD, currently runs her own photography business (Images by Giselle) and has helped start the High Performance Youth Sailing Group at SDYC
  • Married with three kids – Noah, Ian, and Erica

Javier “Rulo” Borojovich

  • Born in Argentina
  • Argentinean National Team sailor in Optimist, Europe and 470 Classes
  • South American 470 Champion (1998)
  • Coached Lasers at 2008 and 2012 Olympics Games
  • US Sailing Olympic Development Coach for Laser U21 and Radial Girls
  • Laser Training Center, Head Coach (Dominican Republic)
  • Medical Doctor (General Practitioner)

Fred Strammer (Radial, Fitness)

  • Co-Owner of Sailing Performance Training: using athlete data to build smarter, more specific, and more efficient training programs.
  • Etchells Great Lakes Champion 2015
  • Chicago Verve Champion 2015 & 2013
  • US Sailing Team 2012-2014 -- 49er 
  • ISAF Sailing World Cup 49er Champion 2013
  • 3x Collegiate All-American (Brown)
  • 2x U.S. Youth Triplehanded Champion 2004/2006
  • Lightning North American Champion 2006
  • Flying Scot Junior North American Champion 2005

Sarah Lihan (Radial)

  • Grew up in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Started Lauderdale YC Laser Program & St. Thomas Aquinas HS Sailing Team
  • Objectively terrible Opti sailor (never made it to team trials)
  • 10x Member US Sailing Team 2004-2014 (Radials, 470's, Nacras)
  • 2x ICSA All- American, 2009 ICSA Women’s National Champion, Yale University
  • 2011-2012 ISAF World Series Champion, Women's 470
  • 2012 Olympian, Women’s 470 
  • 2013 Fastnet Race winner, Team SCA
  • 2014-2017, Executive Director, Gulf Coast Youth Sailing Association 
  • Races now on M32's (Magenta Project, etc), World Match Race Tour, 505s, IC37's, offshore sailing etc
  • Currently running Operations at Lyft in Washington, DC and executive coaching on the side

Jay Glaser (Nacra)

Racing Background:

  • Olympic Silver Medal Tornado class
  • 2x Tornado World Champion, 2x Vice Champion, Tornado European Champion
  • 4x Tornado NA & 9x Tornado National Champion
  • A Cat NA Champion
  • 1st Worrell 1000
  • 1st & 3rd Intercollegiate Dinghy National Championships

Coaching:

  • US Olympic Committee National Coach of the Year, Sailing
  • Sydney, Athens and Beijing Olympics 
  • BMW Oracle Racing Extreme 40
  • Red Bull Racing Extreme Sailing Series

Katie Pettibone (Nacra)

  • Home Town: Port Huron, MI       
  • Current Home: Sacramento, CA
  • Grew up sailing on the Great Lakes
  • 3x America’s Cup Sailor (A3 Might Mary1995, AmericaTrue 2000, Areva 2007)
  • 2x Around the World Racer (Whitbread Around the World Race 97/98; Volvo Ocean Race 2002/2003)
  • Worrell 1000 Race 2nd Place
  • 5x Sydney to Hobart Races 
  • 2016 Nacra 17 Olympic Campaign- Alternate
  • 2x National Championship Winner (Nacra 17 and Women’s Match Race) 
  • US SAILING Team Member 2005 and 2015/16 (Yngling Class and Nacra 17)
  • Multiple Grand Prix inshore and offshore racing around the world

Grant “Fuzz” Spanhake (Sail Trim)

  • Born: Auckland New Zealand
  • Sailmaking from 1976 - 2016 (40 years)
  • Sail designing from 1995 - 2016 (21 years)
  • Competed in four round the world yacht races (1985, 1989, 1997, 2001)
  • Competed or coached in six Americas cup campaigns (1987, 1992, 1995, 2000, 2004, 2007)
  • Coached in four Olympic campaigns (Greece 2000, Team GBR 2007 & 2012, Team USA 2016)
  • Coached and won three world championships (2014 Soto 40 worlds, 2015 Farr 40 worlds, 2016 J-70 worlds)
  • Sail trim coach for TP-52’s

TJ Roney (Strength and Conditioning Coach At Sailing Performance Training)

  • TJ holds credentials as a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, CrossFit Level 1 Coach (CF-L1), and an Sailing Performance Training Coach.
  • He is a lifelong multi-sport athlete who trained in a number of ways to improve performance. His well rounded ability to help athletes exceed their potential comes naturally. His personal experience in fine-tuning his own performance, translates to that of his athletes. He emphasizes not only on strength and conditioning, but also mindset, character, and recovery to help athletes to achieve greater goals. 
  • His sailing experience ranges from J/70’s to Volvo 70’s and J Class yachts

Tyler Colvin (Media)

  • Hometown: Norfolk, VA
  • Assistant Coach at Old Dominion University
  • Former Assistant Coach at Boston College
  • Graduate degree in Environmental and Water Resource Engineering
  • Multiple print and online writing and photography publications
  • Coached 15+ All Americans, 30+ All Academic
  • Qualified for ICSA Nationals every year coaching College Sailing
  • Lead teams to 6x Top 3 finishes at ICSA Nationals
  • Multiple Grade 3 and 4 Match Race wins as Tactician/Trim
  • NCSA CPT
  • Interviewed Paige Railey once
  • Can fold a fitted sheet

Molly Vandemoer (Director)

  • Born San Diego, CA (SDYC)
  • ISAF Youth Worlds 1996, Laser II Crew
  • ISSA National Champion, 1996
  • Univ Hawaii Grad, 2002
  • Women’s All-American 2000-2002
  • ICSA National Champion, Women’s 2001
  • Snipe Women’s World Champ 2011
  • Match Racing World Champ 2011
  • Olympian, Women’s Match Racing 2012
  • Director, Peninsula Youth Sailing Foundation (PYSF)
  • Head Coach Severn Sailing Assoc. (2006-2008)
  • US Sailing Team Member (2002-2015)
  • Married with two kids: Nicholas and Nora