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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 went to 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 ISSA Laser National Champions, 2x ISSA Team Race National Champions, 2015 ISSA Fleet Race National Champions, 2014 Club 420 Class National Champion, and 2016 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.

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 more.

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.

 

 

Alex Ivory
Coach

Bio Coming Soon!

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Travis Benton
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!

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Jodie Jacobs
Opti Coach

 Jodie started sailing with the Santa Barbara Sea Shells Association before joining the Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation. While on the SBYSF team she represented Santa Barbara High School at College Nationals in Charleston, South Carolina where they placed 10th racing in CFJ’s and Z420’s.  She also won CFJ Nationals in 2015 in Santa Barbara and represented SBYSF in the Hamlin 29er series and the CFJ Shadden series traveling throughout California.   

While she was high school, Jodie volunteered at Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Santa Barbara where she assisted in giving disabled children and adults riding lessons as a form of physical and cognitive therapy. Jodie was named the 2015 “”Spirit of the Community” for her service at Hearts, and was made the Team Captain of her Saturday shift.

After she graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 2016, Jodie was accepted to UC Davis and is currently an undergraduate earning a B.S. in Genetics and Genomics. She now sails in the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference and representing UC Davis as a member of the Davis Sailing Team who competes against universities on the Pacific Coast. Jodie is the Vice President in charge of finances for the Davis Sailing Team and competes as both a crew and skipper. 

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Lauren Seigel
FJ Coach

I am from Santa Barbara and grew up sailing through SBYSF. I sailed CFJs and 29ers in high school and am now on the Boston college varsity sailing team who has won almost 20 national championships.