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Nick Kaschak
Program Director

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 attended UCSB we’re he was named three-times All-PCCSC Skipper and helped lead 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 (ISSA) Laser National Champions, 2x High School (ISSA) Team Race National Champions, 2015 High School (ISSA) Fleet Race National Champions, 2014 Club 420 Class National Champion, 2016 Club 420 Class North American Champion, 2x Laser Midwinters Champions, and 2018 CFJ National 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.

In recent years, Nick has won the United States Match Race National Championship, twice won New York Yacht Club's Morgan Cup, won Southern Yacht Club's Soiland Cup, won SDYC's Lipton Cup, won the Etchells Class Corinthian Nationals, and most recently the 2018 NYYC Resolute Cup.

When he is not on the water coaching or sailing, Nick enjoys spending his time outdoors either cycling, mountain biking, camping, or surfing.

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Jack Barton
Head 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.

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Lucas PIerce
Opti Coach

Lucas has been sailing since the age of six and has sailed extensively in Santa Barbara, throughout the US and even sailed in Europe. He started out in the Santa Barbara Seashell Association then continued on to the Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation. He competed in the Optimist until the age of 14. During that time, he qualified for the US National Team twice, represented the USA at the Riva Del Garda Invitational in Lake Garda, Italy, won the inaugural SCYYRA Carrie Series and competed all over the US.

After growing out of the Optimist, Lucas moved on to the Laser Radial, 29er, J70 and many other boats. A few of his accomplishments in those classes include: Top 3 in SCYYRA Hamlin Series, 2nd ISSA Cressy Nationals, 8th ICSA Singlehanded Nationals, B-Division Winning Skipper HS PCCs, J/70 Youth National Champion.

In his free time, Lucas loves to fish, rock climb, and sleep.

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 Alex Ivory
Green Fleet Coach

Alex has been coaching sailing since she was fifteen years old. She grew up racing sabots starting at the age of 6 years old in Newport Beach, progressing to C420's and CfJ's and racing around the country for BCYC and Corona del Mar High School. Graduating from UCSB, she continues to coach for SBYSF, focusing on Novice and Green Fleet sailors, as well as working as a rigger and apprenticing a sail designer. In her spare time she is beginning her journey as a professional film photographer.