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2016 AYC-STP Staff


Kieran O'Connell, Program Director

Kieran is excited to be back at AYC for another summer as the Junior Programs director. Kieran grew up sailing and racing locally at Eastern Point Yacht Club, where he eventually became a coach and later Program Director. In the Spring, Kieran coaches the Manchester Essex High School Sailing Team, which earned the State Title as well as first ever appearance at the Mallory Cup, High School’s fleet racing national championship in 2015. Kieran is a US Sailing certified instructor, as well as US Powerboating certified instructor in Safety/Rescue and Basic Boat Handling. Kieran looks forward to continue to develop the programs at AYC, including Seamanship, U8 Sailing, as well as US Powerboating courses.


Jared Rodriguez

Jared joins AYC in the summer of 2016 as the Assistant Director of the Junior Program.  He attended the University of New Hampshire where he was a member and boat manager of the Wildcat sailing team. When he is not sailing, Jared teaches 7th/8th grade social studies at St. John’s Preparatory School. In addition to teaching, Jared also coaches the Sailing team which  earned the State Championship this past season.  Jared comes to the AYC with years of experience as both a coach and director at other junior programs. Along the way Jared has earned his US Sailing Level III, US Sailing STEM and US Powerboating Instructor Safety/Rescue and Basic Boat Handling. Jared is excited to bring his experience and passion for the sea and sailing to Annisquam this summer!


Ben Zorfas

Ben joins the AYC staff for the summer of 2016. In past summers, Ben has coached both 420’s and Optis at the learn to sail and race level at other clubs in the Cape Ann area, as well as running and directing Eastern Point Yacht Club’s race committee. Ben grew up sailing locally, learning at Eastern Point Yacht Club and racing at Sandy Bay Yacht Club. This summer Ben will be heading up the Seamanship course and is excited to bring in his experiences sailing, coaching, and launch operations to AYC. When not on the water, Ben lives in East Gloucester, often on his bike or surfing. Outside of the summer months Ben attends Endicott College working towards his bachelor's degree in business.





Luke Andersen

Luke grew up sailing 420s with his identical twin brother, Quinn, at Sandy Bay Yacht club and continued his Club 420 career at Manchester Sailing Association. Luke has sailed Club 420s at the highest level for 5 years and has lead his high school sailing team to two state championship victories. Luke is excited to be a 420-race instructor and pass on his knowledge to the young racers of AYC. Luke is U.S. sailing level 1 certified, as well as CPR certified. He spends his summers at home in Manchester-by-the-Sea and will be continuing his undergraduate education in Pre-Veterinarian medicine at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY where he sails collegiately as well. He enjoys racing J70s, kicking a soccer ball around and spending time in his workshop. Luke is looking forward to starting up an AYC team racing squad and having a safe, fun and successful season.

Angelina Todaro

This summer will be my 4th year at AYC and I am very excited to be working with the Opti Race Team again. As of this May I graduated from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI with a BS in Business Administration. I will be continuing my education for one more year at Salve Regina to receive my MBA. I was a member of the Salve Regina sailing team for three years and hold a Level 3 US Sailing certification. Prior to being on the sailing team, I grew up sailing in my hometown of Ipswich in the Ipswich Junior Sailing Program and have been instructing for six years now. This summer let’s have some fair winds, following seas, and fast roundings team!


Niki Bothwick

Niki graduated from Pingree School this past spring and will be attending Santa Clara University in the fall. She learned to sail at MSA and grew up sailing every summer through their programs. She was also the captain of the Pingree Sailing team. She was previously an Opti instructor at Eastern Point Yacht Club, and is very excited to be coaching at AYC this summer. She looks forward to meeting all of the sailers at AYC and hopes to have a fun summer filled with great days on the water.



Peter Remsen

Peter Remsen belongs to Georgetown University's Class of 2020, and will be studying international relations at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Peter graduated in 2015 from Milton Academy (where he sailed as a skipper on the Varsity Race Team) before taking a gap year, spending his first semester mountaineering in Chile and his second working as an intern for Governor Charlie Baker. Since he was eight, Peter has been sailing at the Annisquam Yacht Club. This is his third year as an instructor for the AYC's Junior Program.




James Collins


Andrea Hamel



Sam Denney

This summer Sam will be coming back to Annisquam for his third year as a sailing instructor. In June, Sam graduated from Medfield High School and will be attending Hobart and William Smith Colleges next fall. Sam grew up sailing in and playing tennis in the program at the AYC and he has been spending his summers in Annisquam with his family his whole life. He first learned to sail in Optis at age eight and then he later spent several years racing competitively in 420's, including many many Marblehead Race Weeks, Junior Olympics, and other local regattas. One of Sam's favorite regattas and best experiences with the junior program at the club was sailing in Edgartown Regatta as a 420 racer when Will Felder was the coach. The past two summers Sam has coached the 420-1 class with Nick Hannah and Matt Rich, and he is looking forward to another great summer.

Peter Thibodeau

This will be Peter's third year coaching at AYC. He grew up sailing in the program, racing both Optis and 420s at a very competitive level. He just graduated from Tabor Academy in May, after competing in both high school Team Race Nationals and Fleet Race Nationals as one of Tabor's top skippers. Peter will be attending Hobart and William Smith Colleges in the fall where he will continue to sail. He is looking forward to having another great summer at AYC and helping the kids grow to be better sailors and racers.


JJ Legelis

JJ Legelis is currently a rising senior at Needham High School. He grew up sailing in the AYC sailing program and is delighted to be teaching at the very place he learned to sail when he was little. Before becoming a counselor, JJ competed regularly in the regattas around the area with other sailors from the camp. He helped teach the Opti 2s last summer and is excited to share his love for sailing again this summer by showing campers how fun and exciting sailing can be.


Junior Instructors:

Tara Doherty

Andrew Treat

Ted Moskal

Ava Trotman

Rachel Denney

Tim Stone

Ryan Feeley






John Tracy

John is a graduate of Triton Regional High School and attended Division 1 Northeastern University where he excelled as the school’s number 1 singles player. John is a highly sought out teaching professional and enjoys getting to know his players and improving their games. He has been coaching and training players for 20 years. He is currently a professional at The Racquet Club of Newburyport, Woburn and is also the boys tennis Coach at Ipswich High School.  He fielded an outstanding junior team in 2014 and went to South Carolina for the National USTA Junior Championships. John has remained very active as a player and has continued his high level and successful playing career-winning tournaments such as the ABC Tournament, Loon Mountain, Haverhill Open, Yankee Homecoming, and the Lago Bowl many times over the past years. John is an outstanding all around teacher of both singles and doubles strategy and technique. He incorporates fun and learning into all level players while still providing a sound basis of skills.
















Trevor Jones

Hello, my name is Trevor Jones and I am coming back to Annisquam for my second summer to teach tennis. I have taught privately and to groups of children, adults, and seniors for the past three years throughout the North Shore. In the winters, I work as an instructor at Bass River Tennis Club in Beverly teaching youth and beginner tennis. I have just graduated from Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School where I was captain of the tennis team and student body Vice President and, in the fall, will be attending Franklin Pierce University where I will be playing tennis at the NCAA Division 2 level. I very much look forward to returning to Annisquam Yacht Club and having another fun summer of teaching tennis!


Declan O’Flynn

My name is Declan O'Flynn and I am a tennis instructor here at Annisquam. Last year I taught tennis at the Ipswich YMCA. I have a strong tennis background and have been playing since I was 6. I played #1 singles at my high school this past year. I'm looking forward to teaching here.


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