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: 420 and High School Manager
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!
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.
Having attended boarding school at Christchurch School in Christchurch, Va.,
where 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.
Attending 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 just about everything including 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.
Lippincott currently continues his training in the Star boat and is aiming to
be ready to compete at the highest level of competition at the 2018 Star Worlds
in Oxford, Maryland hosted by the Tred Avon Yacht Club. 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 is excited to bring his 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.