Nick was born in Connecticut, and raised between Rhode Island and San Diego. He grew up through the San Diego Yacht Club Junior Program and attended Point Loma High School. During his junior sailing years, he claimed titles of High School Fleet Race National Champion and Snipe Class Junior National Champion. Upon graduating high school, Nick went to UCSB we’re he was named three-times All-PCCSC Skipper and helped led the Gauchos to multiple post-season appearances. During his time at UCSB, Nick also worked as a SBYSF Race Team Coach.
After graduating, Nick moved back to San Diego and assumed the role of Head Sailing Coach at San Diego Yacht Club and Coach for Point Loma High School. His sailors amassed numerous results included: 2x High School Laser National Champions, 2x High School Team Race National Champions, 1x High School Fleet Race National Champions, 1x Club 420 Class National Champion, and 1x Club 420 Class North American Champion. In addition, Nick’s sailors have gone on to become top recruits at many elite college sailing programs. Nick is a US Sailing Level-3 certified coach and has been a nominee for US Sailing Development Coach of the Year.
When he is not on the water coaching or sailing, Nick enjoys spending his time outdoors either cycling, mountain biking, camping, or surfing.
Head Opti Race Coach
Jack started sailing at the age of 6 on the San Francisco Bay. He spent 9 years training in the Optimist, qualified for the national team at the age of 13 and travelled to North Americans, South Americans and Riva del Garda. After he graduated from the Optimist he began learning all different types of boats, primarily the 420, 29er, Laser Radial and J22. Most his time was in the Laser. At 16, big boat sailing became more appealing and he started spending more time in the J22. He won the Sears Cup in both 2012 and 2013 and began directing focus towards Match Racing.
His sailing career started as head instructor at the Tiburon Yacht club, coaching the advanced Opti class when he was 13. He worked at TYC for 3 years and volunteered as a Junior Instructor at the San Francisco Yacht Club for 3 years until he was old enough to get his Level 1 certification. He spent 2 years coaching the Intermediate Opti team at SFYC, coaching the standout green fleeters until they were ready to compete in championship fleet. Last year he worked alongside Nico Winograd coaching the Opti Championship fleet. He spent all 4 years of high school sailing, recruiting and training beginner sailors while growing and strengthening their Gold fleet. After graduating he helped coach the team for two years before moving to Santa Barbara. Jack recently started a college sailing team at SBCC.
Opti Race Coach
Soren was born and raised here in Santa Barbara and learned to sail with the Youth Foundation. He later sailed on the Santa Barbara High School Racing Team for 4 years before moving to Hawaii to race with the University of Hawaii. He is now a student at Santa Barbara City College. He has raced at the national level in 29ers, Flying Juniors and F16 catamarans. This is his second year coaching at the Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation.
Green Fleet Coach
Sarah has been coaching sailing for 14 years and has served as the Director of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club’s Junior Program and the Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation. She was also the head sailing coach for the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club Sailing Program. She is a credentialed school teacher and spends her days teaching second grade at Adams Elementary School in Santa Barbara. Sarah grew up sailing in Long Beach, California where she competed in the Naples Sabot, Lido 14, Snipe and Thistle fleets. She and her younger brother are two time Lido 14 National Champions. She continues to sail with her brother in the Lido 14 class and crews on a Melges 24. Sarah loves working with the youth in Santa Barbara to help develop a life long love for the sport of sailing.
Green Fleet Coach
Born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, Travis Benton has been an avid sailor since the age of eight. His fascination with the sport began with the Santa Barbara Seashell Association and continued through the summers with the Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation. Travis graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 2010 and continued on to UC Berkeley, where he studies Geography. He has many hobbies split between the ocean and mountains and enjoys being outside in his free time. Travis is very excited to be able to give back to the program which helped him grow as a sailor over the years!