Sailing Manager: Fraser Smith

I am an experienced sailing coach, and have been involved with the sport for 12 years, having served as a high-performance dinghy coach for the past 5. Having moved from Victoria BC this past summer, I have taken up the position of Sailing Manager at KYC while also holding the position of Head Coach of the Royal Military College Sailing Team. Within the next few years I hope to be developing more high-performance sailors, with the eventual goal of coaching for the Canadian Olympic team!

Head Instructor: Rachel Harris

I am thrilled to be returning to KYC this year! For those who don’t know me: I started sailing in Toronto when I was 15 years old, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I sailed and raced 420s for 4 years, then went on to coach CANSail levels 1-6 and Adult Sailing. I now race keelboats competitively, and I’ve enjoyed the challenges of both course and distance racing in Canada and the US. I am currently at Queen’s University in my last year of Linguistics. I am part of the Queen’s Sailing Team as served as the 2018-2019 Keelboat Captain.

For the upcoming season, my goals are to help young sailors engage in the KYC sailing community around them, motivate coaches to challenge themselves as teachers, and students to improve their sailing skills. I am looking forward to the beginning of the sailing season, and I’m excited to see all your familiar faces!

29er Race Coach: Naomi Flanagan

I started my sailing career at KYC when I was 6 years old and have been in love with the sport ever since. I worked my way up through the KYC Junior Sailing Program and the 420 Race Team, and when I was 13 I was selected to be on the Ontario Sailing Team. I spent 4 years sailing the 29er as a carded Quest for Gold Ontario athlete and then moved on to the 49er FX. In 2014, I was the top female at the 29er US Nationals and in 2015 I was the top Female 29er Canadian National Champion. I was also third and top female at the 2014 Canadian Youth Nationals and placed top 3 at the 49er FX North Americans in 2016. I have been sailing skiffs for 7 years now, and have competed in many North American and World Championships. Recently, I began kite sailing and plan to pursue kite foil racing in the future. I have had the pleasure of being coached by, and training with, many olympians and amazing sailors. I have been the KYC 420 race team coach for the past two years and look forward to bringing back the 29er team to KYC this summer!

Laser Race/LTR Coach: Michael Jenkins

I started sailing through the junior sailing program at Nepean Sailing club (NSC) in Ottawa. There, I progressed through the white sail levels before racing laser radials on the NSC high performance team in 2011 and 2012. In the spring of 2013 I moved to Kingston to join the Kingston Yacht Club High Performance Race Team where I enjoyed a great training environment. In the fall of 2014 I was invited to the tier 1 Ontario Sailing Team in the Laser Radial. That season I was afforded the opportunity to train and compete in Kingston, Toronto and Florida with some of the best radial sailors in North America. At the end of the 2014 race season I transitioned to Olympic class windsurfing and have been racing for the Ontario Windsurfing Team for nearly 5 years on the RS:X.

Past positive experiences with my coaches led me to try my hand at coaching in 2015. I began my coaching career at the Outer Harbor Sailing Federation in Toronto, where I coached a range of single and double-handed boats. The following spring I was trained at the CANsail 5-6 sailing/windsurfing levels and co-coached the Toronto Windsurfing Club's youth racing team. In 2017 I joined KYC's coaching staff as the Laser race team coach and I haven't looked back since. I'm very excited to kick off the 2019 season!

420 Race & LTR Coach: Daniel Sheedy

My name is Daniel Sheedy and I’m a competitive sailor and coach from Toronto Ontario. I started sailing on Toronto Island, racing and coaching for several seasons out of QCYC. I’ve coached a broad range of Club 420 programs and have spent the past several years coaching introductory and competitive race teams. My personal racing experience started in C420s, and I raced in dinghies and skiffs before joining the Queen’s Sailing Team. With the QST I was afforded the opportunity to race in collegiate 420 and was introduced to keelboat racing. I’ve competed in numerous classes ranging from Melges 24s to Navy 44 yachts on the national and international level.

I’m extremely excited to be returning to KYC this summer to coach the 420 Race Team, and I intend to run the best program that I can for our athletes. Our curriculum will focus on developing the core competencies of boat handling, boat speed, strategy, and tactics, and applying them in competition. I want to introduce the sailors on this team to the awesome world of sailboat racing, and share the great experiences I’ve had with race teams with the next generation.

Opti Race Coach: Berg Ellemers

I am excited to be returning as the Opti Race Coach this summer! I started sailing out of KYC when I was only 7 years old. I fell in love with the sport and have been returning to camp every summer since, first as a sailor and now as a coach. I began racing Opti’s when I was 10 which helped me discover my passion for racing. After sizing out of the Opti, I raced in 420’s and later in the laser radial. I now sail for the McMaster Sailing Team where we compete against other Canadian universities in 420’s.

I enjoy coaching as I’m able to help inspire the next generation of sailors and pass on what I’ve learned over the years. I hope to show sailors the joy of racing and also to develop their skills so that they can perform at a higher level!

Opti LTR Coach: Aidan Harris

Hi everyone, my name is Aidan, and I am in my 3rd year of Rotman Commerce at the University of Toronto. My sailing story begins at age 9, when I spent a summer sailing Opti at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron (RNSYS) in Halifax, NS; I have been hooked ever since! I spent 1 more summer sailing recreationally, then I realized I wanted to try sailing competitively. After a year on the RNSYS Race Team, I was asked to join the Canadian Optimist Atlantic Sailing Team (COAST). The highlight of my Opti career was sailing on Team Canada at some international events in Europe and North America alongside some of the top Opti sailors in Canada. Soon after, I moved into Laser Radial where I raced for 5 more years and was able to travel around North America and Europe as part of the Nova Scotia Sailing Team and RNSYS Race Team. I consistently placed top 10 in Canada at the Laser Radial Nationals and other Grand Prix events. Last summer I coached Opti LTR and Laser Race Team at RNSYS and had a blast.

I am grateful that I have been able to sail throughout my life; it has helped shape who I am today, and I have met some of my closest friends through the sport. I am super pumped to be coaching at KYC, and I hope I can inspire that same love for the sport in others during the summer!

CANSail 1&2 Division Head: Elizabeth Rouget

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CANSail 3&4 Division Head: William Beyak

My name is William Beyak and I will be the CANSail 3/4 division head this summer. I first started sailing when I was 9 years old at the Kingston yacht club. I continued at KYC through all of my CANSail levels and also raced both lasers and 420s for two years. I am currently going into my third year of my Human Kinetics degree at the University of Ottawa. This will be my fourth year teaching at KYC junior sailing and I have taught  CANSail 1-4 in my three previous years instructing. I am very excited for another fun summer at KYC and look forward to instructing more great young sailors.

Opti Division Head: Emma Pieczonka

CANSail Coach: William Hodgson-Walker

CANSail Coach: Max Willms


CANSail Coach: Anna Beyak


CANSail Coach: Lily Merovitz-Budning

CANSail Coach: Caleb Haydock

Hey! I'm Caleb, a Biology major at Queen's University. This Summer I'm looking forward to working to help students and the Kingston community build towards sustainable and self-reliant mechanisms of food production for themselves as the president of the Students at Queens Urban Argiculture and Sustainability Hub (S.Q.U.A.S.H) Club. Outside of that, I'm busy with preparing for my upcoming exchange semester at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica! I'm really excited to work on expanding my teachable skillset this Summer, and couldn't be happier doing it at KYC.


CANSail Coach: Elizabeth Hemlin

CANSail Coach: Mitzi Ellemers

I am so excited to be returning to coach CANSail 1&2 this season. I grew up sailing in the KYC Junior Sailing Program and love returning every summer just as much as an instructor as I did when I was in the camp! I am now studying at McGill University in their Arts Program and am on their sailing team where I get to continue to race and compete against other university teams. My favourite part of instructing is introducing new sailors to this sport which has brought me so many good memories, friends, and opportunities. I believe sailing is a wonderful way to engage with the environment, gain numerous skills, and of course have lots of fun!

CANSail Coach: Ben Tripp

Hello, my name is Ben Tripp and I am super excited to be back this year for another great sailing season. I have sailed out of KYC for as long as I have been sailing. During my time at KYC, I started with Opti beginner when I was 10 years old then moved on to double hanged FJs and later Opti race team and 29er race team. Along with the JS program, I have also been actively involved with club racing on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Club racing provides a venue for lots of growth through time spend in different boats, fleets, roles (racer/ race committee) and community.

This summer I am excited to continue sharing my passion for sailing and build on another great summer. In my coaching style, I strive to apply a holistic approach to coaching to not only develop athletes but also people. Have a fun and safe summer and look forward to meeting you all.