Megan Place, SSA Junior Program Director:
Megan grew up in Fort Lauderdale, FL and started sailing when she was 14 years old in Optimists for Lauderdale Yacht Club then quickly moved up to 420s and Fjs since she was going into high school. Megan sailed for St. Thomas Aquinas High School all four years and went to ISSA Great Oaks twice and ISSA Baker Team Racing National Championship once during her four years. She was captain of her sailing team her senior year and co captain her junior year. Along with the high school sailing, Megan sailed club 420s and Lasers and traveled to regattas such as Orange Bowl and US Junior Women’s Ida Lewis Double Handed Championship. Also, in 2007 she started sailing Snipes with Ernesto Rodriguez from Miami, FL and they competed in many regattas including, US Snipe Nationals three times, with a first place, second place, and fourth place, won Atlantic Coast Championship as well as receiving 4th at the Pacific Coast Championship, and Snipe Worlds 2009, which they finished strong in third place and the top US boat. She has also traveled to Spain with Ernesto for the Spain Snipe Nationals to represent the US in 2010 and 2012. Megan has also sailed Etchells, participating in several Jaguar Series and her team made it to the 2008 Etchell Worlds. In addition, she has sailed 2010 Key West Race Week on a Melges 32, and has spent some time in J105s and J80s. Megan graduated from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island in 2014 with a major in Visual Arts and a minor in Professional and Public Writing. Recently, Megan and Andrew Pimental placed third in the Master division at the 2016 Snipe Master Worlds in Nassau, Bahamas.