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.


Brianna  "Bri" Grenier, Junior Fleet Director

Growing up in Beverly, MA, Bri learned to sail at Jubilee Yacht Club going through their Junior Program and weeknight races on her family’s J/24. Until moving to Annapolis, she served on the Regatta Committee and Junior Sailing Committee at Jubilee Yacht Club.

Bri holds a degree in Early Childhood Education as well as numerous education and sailing focused certifications. She has eight years of sailing program management experience, ranging from grassroots non-profit organizations to private yacht clubs. As the past Program Director at Sail Salem, a local non-profit sailing center, she grew the program from free half-day sailing programs to include full-day youth and evening adult programming. Because of its growing reputation, Sail Salem was chosen to host the USODA Opti New England Championships in 2015.

As a seasoned sailing coach from the New England area who has coached college, high school, and private sailing teams, she is a great addition to the professional coaching staff. She has coached at Beverly High School and Pingree High School, taking Pingree to three divisional championships, placing first in her last season of coaching in B Division North. Outside of coaching, she regularly competes in both local and offshore events on J/80s, Rhodes 19s, J/70’s, Lasers and a Columbia 30-2 Sport.

As Junior Fleet Director, Bri is the main point of contact for the Junior Program, managing AYC’s Summer Program, working with our c420/High School Program Manager and Opti Program Manager to manage the spring, fall and winter programs. She can be reached at bgrenier@annapolisyc.org.


 

Robert "Bobby" Lippincott, Optimist Program Manager 

Bobby grew up sailing Optis and Penguins at the Tred Avon Yacht Club in Oxford, Maryland. For two years, Lippincott was on the Chesapeake Bay Optimist Team (CBOT) where he qualified to be on the U.S. Optimist National Team (USNT). In 2006, at the age of 14, he traveled to Lake Garda, Italy, with Team U.S.A. and finished 196th out of 558 Optis.             

While attending boarding school at Christchurch School in Christchurch, VA, his sailing success ramped up in 420s and FJs. In the spring of his junior year, Lippincott's team qualified for two ISSA National Championships. Bobby attended Salve Regina University from 2010-2014 and competed in the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA), which is one of the most competitive districts in all of college sailing. He sailed as a skipper for all four years. He sailed a wide variety of boats while living in Newport, Rhode Island, from double-handed dinghies such as 420s, FJs, Tech Dinghies, Larks, Fire-Flies; to keelboats such as Colgate 26s, Ynglings, and Stars; and finally to single-handed dinghies. Bobby has been sailing Star boats competitively since 2009 and has attended many prestigious events, such as the 2009 Junior ISCYRA's Western Hemispheres, 8 Sir Thomas Lipton Cup Regattas, 2014 Star North Americans in Oxford, MD, 2016 Star Worlds in Miami, FL, 2017 Star Western Hemispheres in Cleveland, Ohio, and 2017 Star North Americans in Marblehead, MA.

Having coached Optis for the past eight years with multiple clubs around the Chesapeake Bay area including Fishing Bay Yacht Club, Tred Avon Yacht Club, and Severn Sailing Association, Bobby brings experience, Corinthian spirit, and leadership to the AYC Opti Program, continuing to build on a nationally recognized Junior Program for its excellence in sailing instruction and training.  


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