Felix García grew up in the shadows of tall ships at the Fulton Street Fish Market. His sirens call to the sea was launched on a Sunfish during his teens living on the southeast coast of Puerto Rico. He has taught ASA Basic Keelboat, Coastal Cruising and Bareboat at Atlantic Yachting, Manhattan Sailing and Sail Caribe, respectively. In addition to instructing, Felix is usually chartering or delivering yachts, snorkeling, surfing or beach combing.
Kaylee grew up sailing in Annapolis, MD. She has competed around the world in various singlehanded and double-handed classes. She sailed for Bowdoin College in Maine where she led the team to its first appearance at the National Championship in program history. She is also a seasoned keelboat sailor. She skippered a J/105 for several years and has done several long distance boat deliveries. In the past few years, Kaylee has fallen in love with match racing. Previously, she has coached and volunteered at Annapolis Yacht Club, Nantucket Yacht Club and Chicago Match Race Center. Kaylee is very excited to share her wide range of sailing experiences and love for the sport with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Sail Club community. When not sailing, she loves cycling, traveling and spending time outside.
Alain grew up sailing in Los Angeles, California on a family owned 32 footer. After moving to New York, Alain crewed on many deliveries along the east coast of the U.S. and discovered ocean sailing by delivering boats between the East Coast and the Caribbean. Alain eventually undertook his Yachtmaster training in in the U.K. and then worked as a professional skipper for a few years. His sailing experience includes Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific crossings aboard boats ranging from 40 to 70 feet.
Michael grew up sailing Lasers and Hobie 16s on Huntington Lake, California at the age of 10. He upgraded to keel boats in his early thirties and owned a J/24 in San Francisco. Most of Michael’s sailing experience has been in the Bay Area, Lake Michigan (Chicago), New England, Long Island Sound, New York Harbor, and the Caribbean. Over the last four seasons, Michael has been an active One Design Racer and skipper in New York Harbor on J/105s, J/24s, Melges 24s and Colgate 26s. In 2015, Michael started offshore racing on Oakcliff’s Farr 40 program. Over the last three seasons, Michael has done several blue water deliveries in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea; clocking over 3000nm of offshore experience. He enjoys skippering boats for charter vacations and has sailed in the BVIs on three occasions and New England on two occasions. Michael joined BBSC as an affiliate instructor during their inaugural 2015 season. When not sailing, Michael is an avid cook and foodie. He has been known to brew beer and travel all over the five boroughs in search of tasty bowls of ramen.
Born in Rochester, NY, Matt didn't start sailing until he arrived in NYC 22 years ago. He crawled-up the hawse pipe of the 72 foot Yawl Petrel which sailed day trips out of the Battery and crewed on her for many years. Catching the bug and getting a kick in the pants from its owner he got his captains license and started sailing many of the charter boats in New York Harbor. He also spent much of this time teaching sailing at various schools and clubs in the area. The sailing world has allowed Matt to make trips from the East Coast to Bermuda and Nova Scotia including one Newport to Bermuda Race as well as the Caribbean. Of all these places he still values New York Harbor as a great place to learn how to sail.
Born on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, Fabio sailed for the first time far from home on the shores of Long Island Sound. Since finding his sea legs, he has sailed many vessels from dinghies to larger keel boats: 420, Laser, J24, J105, Swan 53, and others. In 2010 he became a sailing instructor and the proud owner of a Jenneau 32 named Bahua. Weekends are spent in Montauk cruising to Block Island Sound and afar. In 2011, he participated in the Clipper Round the World race sailing more than 18,000 miles between England and Australia. Fabio is at his best on a boat, racing or sharing his salty sea stories with newcomers. He always has his bags packed for when the sea calls to the next great voyage.
Andrea is originally from Connecticut. She began sailing in her early teens on family vacations in the Caribbean on 40-45 foot monohauls and quickly became hooked. After a week-long sailing class in the Caribbean through Annapolis Sailing School, Andrea obtained her bareboat chartering certification in 1996 and later completed her ASA 101 certification. In 2008 Andrea joined a NYC sailing club and learned to sail with a tiller rather than a wheel on much more responsive vessels. She started racing in 2009 on foredeck and became a skipper in 2010. Andrea became a coach with ONE°15 Brooklyn Sail Club in 2015. She tries to get out on the water as often as possible and enjoys sharing her experiences and knowledge with others. When not sailing, Andrea enjoys SCUBA diving and spending time with her dogs.
Bill Dagher has been an avid sailor since the age of 9 when he learned the finer points of boat handling from his father and the sailing staff at the Sayville Yacht Club on Long Island's Great South Bay. Having spent many a day racing all manner of dinghys including: Sunfish, 420's, Mercury's, and even the vaunted Laser, he was well equipped to make the move to keelboat racing and teaching as an adult. Campaigns have included coastal racing on the Long Island Sound and the Atlantic ocean, series events in New York Harbor, North American championships on the western sound, and a stint as crew aboard a NY harbor schooner. Always interested in sharing his love of all things nautical, he looks forward to working with those just learning to sail and with those that have completed globe girdling voyages.
John first set foot on a sailboat on the mighty Charles River in Boston. Over ten years later his love of the sport has only grown. He now owns a 32′ sailboat which he uses to cruise all over Long Island and Block Island Sound. A racer at heart, he loves racing his Laser in the fall and spring. He holds a US Coast Guard Captains License w/ Masters 50GT upgrade and splits his summers between New York and Montauk. Prior to joining the Brooklyn team, he was an instructor at the Manhattan Sailing School for five seasons.
Kwan was born in the Netherlands and immigrated to the United States at the age of 9. After commuting on the Staten Island Ferry for over a decade he decided to get closer to the New York Harbor. Possessing the physical abilities of a full time programmer, he forgoes the idea of swimming and instead chose to experience the harbor through a weekend basic keelboat class. Not content with just a weekend he joined the Manhattan Sailing Club. With the help of many, quickly graduated from crew to skipper. After earning his instructor rating, he has since been an active instructor at the Manhattan Sailing School. When not teaching he sails his laser sailboat out in Jamaica Bay and actively flies helicopters out from Linden Airport.
Andras grew up in Europe sailing on lakes and cruising on the Mediterranean Sea. After moving to New York in 1997 he sailed and taught sailing at the New York Sailing School in New Rochelle, then more recently at the Manhattan Sailing School for 5 years. He raced J24 for years from the Harlem Yacht Club off City Island and J105 in the Manhattan Yacht Club in the New York Harbor on the Wednesday Night Regattas. He holds a US Coast Guard 50-ton master license and is an ASA sailing instructor, with certifications up to Bareboat Cruising. He was teaching Basic Sailing and Learn to Race courses. Andras has organized several bareboat chartering trips to the Caribbean Islands.
Amy grew up sailing on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Every year, her parents would charter a boat for a month to travel the east coast. At the age of 8, she was sent to sailing camp in Brewster, Cape Cod, where she returned year after year, eventually exploring other Cape Cod sailing schools as well. For 5 years during high school and college, she taught sailing at a club in Boston on Hobie cats, lasers, and 420s. During her final years there, she was the head instructor, overseeing the curriculum and all levels of the summer camp program, coaching the racing group. After moving to New York, Amy worked at the Manhattan Sailing School teaching ASA Basic Keelboat Sailing for two seasons.
Stephen Yip, Director of Sailing Operations at ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina has over 20 years of sailing and teaching experience around New York Harbor. Stephen began his sailing career with a community sailing program on a small fresh water reservoir in Calgary, Alberta. Through the generosity and goodwill of other sailors, Stephen has accumulated a wealth of experience from sailing in different venues around the world in variety of different boats. His experience includes club racing, match racing, long distance racing and major regattas.
When he is not racing he shares his passion about sailing through teaching, most recently with the Manhattan Sailing School, and has also been known to run bareboat charters in the Caribbean Islands in his spare time.