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 [email protected].
Optimist Program Manager
Bobby grew up sailing Optis and Penguins at the Tred Avon Yacht Club in Oxford, Maryland. For two years, he was on the Chesapeake Bay Optimist Team (CBOT), and then was asked to join 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.
Bobby 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, Bobby’s team qualified for two ISSA National Championships. His team sailed its way to a 9th place finish at the National Fleet Racing Championship, the Mallory Cup, in St. Petersburg, FL. In late May, the team finished 7th at the National Team Racing Championship, the Baker Cup, in Redwood City, CA.
Bobby attended Salve Regina University from 2010-2014 and competed as a full-time skipper all four years in the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA), which is one of the most competitive districts in all of college sailing. He sailed a wide variety of boats while living in Newport, RI, from double-handed dinghies such as 420s, FJs, Tech Dinghies, Larks, and Fire-Flies; to keelboats such as Colgate 26s, Ynglings, and Stars; and finally to single-handed dinghies.
Having sailed star boats competitively since 2009, Bobby has attended many prestigious events such as the 2009 Junior ISCYRA’s Western Hemispheres, 8 Sir Thomas Lipton Cup Regattas, 2014 Star North Americans and 2018 Star Worlds in Oxford, MD, and 2016 Star Worlds in Miami, FL. Bobby currently continues his training in the star boat and enjoys sharing his experiences and knowledge with the next generation of youth sailors, starting with the Annapolis Yacht Club’s Opti Racing Program, and reaching out to our high school programs as well.
Having coached Optis for the past 10 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. He can be reached at [email protected].
420 Program Manager
Sarah Alexander is an Annapolis native who grew
up sailing in the Annapolis Yacht Club and Severn Sailing Association junior
programs. Sarah grew up sailing Optis, Laser Radials, and 420s. After graduating from Holderness School in
Plymouth, New Hampshire, she attended the George Washington University, where
she placed fourth in the ICSA Singlehanded National Championship her freshman
After two years at GW, she transferred
to the University of Southern California, where she was named Pacific Coast
Collegiate Sailing Conference Women's Sailor of the year. She was a four-time qualifier for the ICSA
Nationals and a team captain of the USC Varsity Sailing Team. She competed in the Singlehanded, Match
Racing, Coed Fleet Racing, Women’s Fleet Racing, and Team Racing Conference
Championships for USC. She has numerous first place and podium finishes in
collegiate and non-collegiate regattas and has coached sailing at the Severn
Sailing Association, California Yacht Club, and Annapolis Yacht Club.