Coaches

The Annapolis Yacht Club's Junior Program fields an unprecedented world-class lineup of permanent and adjunct coaching talent who are fully able to leverage the Club's impressive array of facilities and amenities.

The program's permanent coaching staff provides consistency to our Junior Sailors. Our coaches routinely invite guest coaches whose coaching styles help forestall the onset of learning plateaus and help us deliver what we believe to be the most complete and experiential racing program in the country.

Each member of our permanent and adjunct coaching staff has excellent and varied credentials ensuring a uniquely valuable experience for every Junior Sailor.


Jane Millman: Sailing Director

Jane Millman grew up in Waukesha, WI, sailing on Pewaukee Lake and Lake Michigan. As both of her parents are avid lifelong sailors, Jane has loved sailing from a very young age. She learned how to sail an Optimist at the age of eight and raced competitively in southeast Wisconsin until she was eleven. With the very short sailing season in the Midwest, she pursued other sports through middle school and high school. After high school graduation, Jane moved to Tampa, FL, where she attended the University of South Florida. She graduated in December of 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in International Studies and minor in Political Science. While in college, Jane lived aboard her 1970 Ericson 29’ sailboat, taking full advantage of the year-round sailing Tampa Bay has to offer. Jane is also a successful dinghy sailor and is a North American (2013,2011), National (2012), and Midwinters (2012,2013) Champion in the International Fireball class. As an active member of Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, FL, she was named the Portsmouth Sailor of the Year in 2012. In 2013, she was named Young Woman Sailor of the Year by the Florida Women’s Sailing Association, being recognized for her sailing accomplishments and her contributions to women’s sailing.

Having taught and coached sailing for the last eight years, ages ranging from 5-83, Jane has experience with both smallboats and keelboats. She is a US Sailing Level 3 Coach, US Powerboat Instructor, US Sailing Reach STEM certified, and US Sailing Level 1, 2, and 3 Instructor Trainer. She also actively serves on the US Sailing Smallboat National Faculty and the US Sailing Community Sailing Committee. As the Director of the Davis Island Youth Sailing Foundation from 2012-2015, Jane was able to grow and strengthen the program to become one of the premier programs on the west coast of Florida. Jane is excited to work with our adult membership to offer more Learn to Sail classes, powerboat training courses, and utilization of the waterfront assets.

Katja Sertl: Head 420 Coach
Annapolis Yacht Club would like to welcome our new Head 420 Coach, Katja Sertl.  

 

Katja is a 2016 Boston College Graduate and was a member of the Varsity Sailing Team the four years she attended. Katja has competed with her BC teammates in ten National Championships, and received medals in three National Championships in the Spring of 2015 (2nd, 2nd, and 3rd). Spending her summers in Jamestown, RI while growing up, she has had opportunities to compete in the summer New England C420 circuit. During the school year, Katja lived in the Rochester NY area and sailed on her high school team for Our Lady of Mercy High School.

 

For her summers while in college, Katja spent coached at Newport Harbor Yacht Club in California, coaching sailors of all ages and skill levels. Katja was also able to volunteer at the Sailing Youth World Championship held in Malaysia this past January where she worked with the head of marketing to cover the championship racing. in 2011, Katja was the skipper for the Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship, placing eighth overall out of forty-five teams. in 2012, Katja also qualified for the Sears Cup Championship. Katja is looking forward to working with the high school sailors and having many productive and successful seasons! 

Connor Corgard: Head Opti Coach

Connor is a 2016 Roger Williams graduate, an accomplished sailor, and the founder/executive director of DART (Detroit Area Race Team, a private opti team). Hailing from Grosse Pointe, MI, Connor’s favorite boat to sail is a 470 or 49er but his passion lays in coaching younger sailors in Optis. With the foundation of DART, Connor was able to offer exceptional coaching to many opti sailors in the Detroit area, all awhile requiring them to still actively participate in their local clubs. As a coach, DART has produced national and international level Opti sailors, while still maintaining a focus on the younger, beginner sailors. Connor’s passion for sailing is evident in his coach to sailor relationships. His coaching philosophy is based off of his love for sailing, making sure his sailors develop that first, then refining their skills second. Excited to continue his coaching career as Annapolis Yacht Club’s Head Opti Coach, Connor is looking forward to meeting the Opti sailors and their families. Connor will be coaching our Opti Race Team at local, regional, and national events. 

 Gareth Petko-Bunney: Head Keelboat Coach

Gareth Petko-Bunney is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and grew up sailing at the Cowan Lake Sailing Association. During high school, Gareth achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in his local Boy Scout troop. While sailing at Cowan Lake, Gareth competitively sailed Optis, Lasers, Thistles, Highlanders, and MC Scows.

Gareth attended the University of Toledo studying Mechanical Engineering. While attending the University of Toledo, Gareth was an integral part of their sailing team where they sailed 420s and Evelyn 32s. This keelboat experiences in college led Gareth to compete in some long distance races such as the Queens Cup and the Anchorage cup. 

Recently Gareth has been competing in the J22, Etchell, and Star class sailboats. He is excited to grow and develop the keelboating program 


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