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 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.
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, major regattas, deliveries and charter operations.
When he is not racing he shares his passion about sailing through teaching, most recently with the Manhattan Sailing School, and does deliveries and run charters in his spare time.