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Meet the CYC 2017 Sailing Staff

 Carter Simard - Program Director, Lead 420 Race Coach
   This will be Carter's fifth season as an instructor and coach at the Chapoquoit Yacht Club - and in his view, learning to sail is about a lot more than learning to manage a boat.
    "The sport of sailing is unique, in that each day provides sailors with a wide variety of new challenges that allow for continuous improvement and growth," he says. "The constantly changing conditions enable sailors to fine tune their ability to adapt and thrive when faced with new experiences."
    An alternative rock and electronica fan, Carter spends a lot of time in New Zealand, where he engages in match racing. In the off season, he's a student at Northeastern, where he studies psychology and criminal justice, with an eye towards law school


Erin Coyne - Instructor, Lead Opti Race Coach
    20-year-old Erin Coyne hails from Pocasset, just up the Bay. This will be her first season coaching at Chapoquoit, but she brings a wealth of sailing experience to the program.
    "I love seeing kids build confidence on the water, and the look on their face when they master a skill they’ve been working on." she says. "Mostly, I love to see them having fun and enjoying their summers sailing."    
    Erin holds US Sailing Level 1 Small Boat Instructor Certification, and also holds American Red Cross First Aid and CPR certifications, along with a Safe Boating License. This autumn, she'll enter her Junior year at Northeastern University, where she studies Finance and Sustainability.
    When she's not on the water, you'll often find her at Somerset Creamery (her favorite ice cream) with Drake cranking on the stereo,

Caroline King
Caroline King - Instructor, Assistant 420 Race Coach
Caroline is a fourth-generation Member of the Chapoquoit Yacht Club! She began sailing as a baby with her late grandfather Gibby King, in Beetles and on the family's Bristol 27. Her father Rob (a former Commodore of the Club) has also been instrumental in her sailing education, and she 's participated in the sailing program here ever since she was big enough to join - including a recent stint as a Junior Instructor.
    Caroline is 18 and holds US Sailing Level 1 Certification. This Autumn, she'll begin working towards a degree as an RN at Salve Regina College in Newport, where she plans to race FJs in intercollegiate competition.

Christopher King - Instructor, Fleet Maintenance
    Chris is Caroline's ever-so-slightly older brother - they're twins - and like her, he's a fourth-generation Member who has been on the water at Chapoquoit since infancy. "I still get the same feeling I got when I was five and started racing the Wednesday Night Beetles with my Dad," he says. He also fondly recalls lengthy discussions about racing strategy with his grandfather.
    Chris spent the past four seasons as a Junior Instructor - and says that "seeing kids' faces with a smile is what fuels me."
    Chris holds a Boating Safety Certificate and US Sailing's Level 1 Certification, and he's aiming at a career in the Maritime industry; he'll be at Quinsigamond Community College this fall. He's a steak-and-potatoes kinda guy who likes listening to the Dave Matthews Band.
    Chris also serves as Rear Commodore of the Chapoquoit Yacht Club.

Alyssa Mazur - Senior Instructor
    Alyssa is back for her second summer as an instructor and coach at Chapoquoit Yacht Club. A summertime resident of North Falmouth, Alyssa is 19; she holds US Sailing's Level 1 Small Boat Instructor Certification, and studies liberal arts and marketing at Providence College.
    "Sailing is a unique sport," she says. "It gives me a great sense of satisfaction helping kids feel comfortable on the water, and knowing that  I've passed on a passion they'll enjoy for their entire lives."
    She's a fan of country music and counts avocadoes as her favorite food. But she doesn't limit herself to that. "I've eaten a fish eye," she says.
    You'll have to ask her yourself what that was like, or why she did it.

Junior Instructors
The CYC Council and the Sailing Staff is pleased to welcome three Junior Instructors for this season: Cloe Grace, Molly Hanrahan, and Katherine Nicholas.