Coaching sailing is one of the most rewarding ways to spend your summer: being outside, on the water, getting a killer tan, but most of all passing on the knowledge and skills of a sport that we are all passionate about! The RYC Youth Sailing Program has had a laundry list of great coaches throughout its history, and this year is no different, in fact it may be the best group ever!
Jon Faudree leads the program as its director and head coach. This is his 18th year coaching sailing and the 6th year as a fulltime program director. He has coached at the Youth, High School, College and professional levels, in 2007 he was nominated for USSailing’s Developmental Coach of the Year. This is his 3rd summer running the RYC Program.
Andrew Zuber returns as RYC’s 420/Laser coach after a season of coaching at the famed Severn Sailing Association in Annapolis, MD. Andrew (or as he is known here… Zuber) helped lead the very successful Brighton High Sailing team before he became a member of the Two Time National Champion College of Charleston Sailing Team. He is a Senior majoring in Business Administration.
Merritt Moran is in her 3rd year as a coach at RYC. In the fall she will attend Georgetown University where she is sure to have an immediate impact on the #4 ranked sailing team. Merritt is one of the most successful and talented sailors ever to come out of the RYC Youth Sailing Program. A leader on the Pittsford team and outgoing commodore of the RJYC.
Olivia Graham will be teaching Dinghy Demons this summer. It is her first year as a coach but she has spent the past three years as a volunteer. In the fall she will be attending Bentley College in Boston, where she will add a lot to their up and coming sailing team. Olivia is one of the best crews to ever come out of the RYC program; few people have ever had her enthusiasm for the sport of sailing!
Julia Wiesner was a volunteer coach for the past 2 years and is beginning her first year as the Opti Learn To Sail (LTS) coach. Although she has only been sailing for 2 ½ years, she has taken to the sport as few others. She has become one of the nation’s best crews, highly recruited at many of the top colleges. It came down to a bidding war between Roger Williams University (ranked #6) and Old Dominion University (rank #13). This past spring Julia also has become a very talented skipper, leading to her choice to attend ODU, which has the #8 ranked women’s team.
Chaselynn Collins is a senior at American University, Washington, DC where she is majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Political Science. She is an avid sailor who is on the AU sailing team. She started sailing at 1 week of age when her parents introduced her to the wonderful life of sailing. As a sailor, Chaselynn brings a great deal of passion and enthusiasm for this sport, which she will share as both a Dinghy Demon and Opti LTS coach.