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 travisc Travis Carlisle: Junior Sailing Director
When he was thirteen years old, Travis learned how to sail on a Hunter 15 and a Hobie 18 at the Surf Club in Madison, Connecticut. He then moved on to a different club, Pettipaug Yacht Club, and began sailing c420s. He sailed in multiple qualifying events for Bemis.  Once he became a sophomore in high school at Daniel Hand High School, he became the B division skipper and helped bring the program to life.  Travis qualified for states and qualified for team race nationals.  He then went on to Old Dominion University for 2 years and sailed A division there for his whole freshman year.  Sophomore year was a much more consistent year with top 5 finishes at every regatta he sailed. He then went to Rhode Island and hopped onto an 83 foot sailing yacht and sailed to the Caribbean. After 4 months on that boat Travis got a job on another sailing yacht called Wild Horses and sailed for 3 more months on that boat.  He participated in the Lora Piana Super Yacht Regatta, the Bucket Regatta, and Antigua Classics.  Afterwards, he moved to Oyster Bay, New York and sailed at Oakcliff Sailing Center.  Travis sailed a Farr 40 in the Newport Bermuda Race, he got involved in high level Match Racing and sailing the Olympic class boats such as the 470, Nacra 17, 49er, and 49er FX.  He still competes in team racing with regattas like Team Race Midwinters at Eckerd College, the Free State Team Race, Hinman, Norfolk Team Race, and the Olivia Team Race.
 ivy2  Ivy Binns: High School Coach

Ivy grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and started sailing in 2007 through her club's junior El Toro program. In high school she competed  for Peninsula Youth Sailing Foundation (PYSF), based in Redwood City, CA. After graduation, she took a gap year, and attended the Oakcliff as part of their first class of Saplings, gaining experience in all things big boat: match racing, distance racing, and boat handling.

After Ivy's gap year, she went on to continue match racing (competing at the U.S. Women's National Match Race Championships twice), became very active in San Francisco's J105 fleet, and started coaching Optis. After transferring from her community college in the Bay Area to CSU Monterey Bay, she became involved with a Henderson 30 program in Monterey, and a Flying Tiger 10m program in San Francisco. She graduated in May 2017 from CSUMB with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Some of her recent sailing accomplishments include winning the ORR B division (and a Rolex) at Rolex Big Boat Series on a Sydney 38, competing at Express 27 National Championships for the third year in a row, and competing for the first time at Long Beach Race Week.

   Sam Mackay: Coach

Sam is from Napier, New Zealand (NZ). He has top 3 placings at the NZ Nationals in each of the Optimist, P Class, 420 and Starling classes. He was a member of the Nations Cup winning NZ team at the 2007 Optimist Worlds and placed in the top 20 in the 2008 Optimist Worlds. Sam is also an accomplished Match Racer, winning the NZ Youth Match Racing Nationals in 2014.Sam has been coaching since 2009. As the Head Coach at Worser Bay Boating Club from 2012 to 2015, Sam designed the program that saw the club achieve its best ever NZ Nationals result in 2015, including the National Champion. He coached the Opti Race Team at Pleon Yacht Club near Boston for the past 2 US summers. Currently, he is the VIODA (Victorian International Optimist Dingy Association) Head Coach.

 Summer Staff
 Conner  Conner Blouin: Laser Travel Team Coach

Conner is currently the assistant varsity sailing coach at St Marys. Conner has also served as the head sailing coach at his alma mater, Washington College and as a high school coach in both Rhode Island and Florida. He was twice named an Honorable Mention All-American and was selected first team Academic All-American. In 2015, he represented Team USA sailing the Sunfish class in Toronto. He has had a number of top finishes at the Cork Olympic Classes Regatta, including a 2nd in 2014 and 3rd in 2011 in the Laser Radial class.

   
 sam  Sam Mackay: 420 Chesapeake Team Coach

Sam is from Napier, New Zealand (NZ). He has top 3 placings at the NZ Nationals in each of the Optimist, P Class, 420 and Starling classes. He was a member of the Nations Cup winning NZ team at the 2007 Optimist Worlds and placed in the top 20 in the 2008 Optimist Worlds. Sam is also an accomplished Match Racer, winning the NZ Youth Match Racing Nationals in 2014. Sam has been coaching since 2009. As the Head Coach at Worser Bay Boating Club from 2012 to 2015, Sam designed the program that saw the club achieve its best ever NZ Nationals result in 2015, including the National Champion. He coached the Opti Race Team at Pleon Yacht Club near Boston for the past 2 US summers. Currently, he is the VIODA (Victorian International Optimist Dingy Association) Head Coach.  This is Sam's second summer with SSA and he is very excited to be back.

   Christian Filter: Beginner Laser Coach
Christian Filter is a sophomore at Bowdoin College and is a standout skipper on the Polar Bears’ top-ranked sailing team. He attended the Key School where he played a large role on the sailing team, helping them qualify for Nationals two years in a row. He has experience racing nationally and internationally in all kinds of dinghies, such as Optimists, Lasers, 420’s, and Snipes. In 2015, he represented the USA at the Snipe Junior World Championships and placed 14th, and won the US Snipe Junior Nationals in the summer of 2016. He is very excited to be back coaching our new Beginner Laser program!
   Lydia Grasberger: Chessie Racing Coach

Lydia is in her final semester at Boston University, where she studies philosophy and business administration & management. At BU, she is a member of the sailing team and sails A division for the women's team. She has competed at the collegiate women's nationals twice, winning her division in 2016. She also occasionally pops in as a crew! Besides sailing Fjs and 420s in college, she enjoys sailing in the summer wherever she can, on J70s, sonars, and etchells. Lydia is very excited to be working with SSA this summer, and hopes to continue new 420 sailor's love of sailing! 

   Nic Salvesen: Adventure Coach

Nick is a Senior at Annapolis High School. Sailing all four years in high school, he is now the team captain of the Annapolis High School Sailing team and the B-Division varsity Skipper. Nick began sailing optis and continued to C420s and J boats.  His big achievements in sailing include winning CBYRA high point, High School Keelboat Nationals and placing 2nd at the High School Atlantic Coast Championship. Nick looks forward to working at SSA this summer and teaching the up and coming group of sailors.

   Ivy Binns: RWB Fleet Coach

Ivy grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and started sailing in 2007 through her club's junior El Toro program. In high school she competed  for Peninsula Youth Sailing Foundation (PYSF), based in Redwood City, CA. After graduation, she took a gap year, and attended the Oakcliff as part of their first class of Saplings, gaining experience in all things big boat: match racing, distance racing, and boat handling. After Ivy's gap year, she went on to continue match racing (competing at the U.S. Women's National Match Race Championships twice), became very active in San Francisco's J105 fleet, and started coaching Optis. After transferring from her community college in the Bay Area to CSU Monterey Bay, she became involved with a Henderson 30 program in Monterey, and a Flying Tiger 10m program in San Francisco. She graduated in May 2017 from CSUMB with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. 

Some of her recent sailing accomplishments include winning the ORR B division (and a Rolex) at Rolex Big Boat Series on a Sydney 38, competing at Express 27 National Championships for the third year in a row, and competing for the first time at Long Beach Race Week. 

  Ryan Callahan: Green Fleet Coach

Ryan Callahan grew up sailing at Sturgeon Lake Sailing Club in Sturgeon Point, Ontario where he raced 420s. He has continued sailing ever since, coaching a variety of different age groups in Optis, 420s, and larger boats. He has coached at Corinthian Yacht Club (Philadelphia), Tarratine Club (Islesboro, Maine), Castine Yacht Club (Castine, Maine), and Pleon Yacht Club (Marblehead, Massachusetts). After graduating from Emory University in 2015, he became a high school math teacher. He currently teaches Calculus and Statistics and coaches track and cross-country at Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland. Ryan is originally from Philadelphia but currently resides in Washington, DC. 

jake  Jake Vickers: Emerging Opti Coach
Jake Vickers is currently a senior this year at Archbishop Spalding High School and has grown up in the Annapolis area. He has been sailing locally and nationally since the age of 10, with extensive experience in optis, lasers, 420s, and J70s, as he pretty much loves to sail any boat competitively. He is also an avid kiteboarder in his spare time and enjoys any time on the Chesapeake Bay that he can get: in a sail boat, power boat, or even on a foilboard. Jake has always enjoyed his time sailing at SSA and AYC in the past, as well as his time sailing for the Spalding high school team for the past four years. He is extremely excited to be joining the SSA summer coaching staff and looks forward to teaching younger kids to cherish sailing as much as he does.
   Pilar Boucher: Emerging Opti Coach

Pilar Boucher is a 21-year- old Junior at Shenandoah Conservatory majoring in bassoon performance. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, and in the Aruban young adult symphony. She has also performed in various youth orchestras and opera orchestras.

Pilar started sailing when she was 9 years old at the West River Sailing Center. She has experience sailing Opti’s, 420’s as well as Flying Scotts. Pilar currently holds her CPR and First Aid certifications as well as her U.S. Sailing Level 1 teaching certificate.

In past summers, Pilar has coached Opti beginners as well as Green Fleet sailors. She prides herself in her ability to develop sailing capacity and confidence in inexperienced early elementary school students. She is a caring and compassionate coach whose goal is to help develop the love of sailing in her students. She is very excited to be working at SSA this summer.

   Katherine Bennett: Harbor Rookies Coach

Katherine grew up racing in Annapolis and on Deep Creek Lake.  She started in Optis then moved to Lasers and now Flying Scots, C420’s and Snipes. Katherine interned at the Deep Creek Sailing School and taught at Severn Sailing Association. She is a senior at Broadneck High School and starting skipper on their varsity sailing team. Having completed three successful summer C420 travel circuits, and top 10 finishes in the Snipe Women’s Nationals, Snipe Junior Atlantics and the 420 Chesapeake Regional Clinic and Regatta. She has a passion for coaching and teaching and can’t wait to start working with juniors as SSA.


SSA Racing

Most weekends--and many weeknights--around the year, there's some sort of one-design racing happening out of Severn Sailing Association. Check out the calendar to see what's going on these days!


SSA Junior Program

SSA runs a year-round program to develop skills and a lifelong love of sailing in our younger sailors. A summer program and fall and spring high school sailing programs are just the tip of the iceberg.