Junior Program Staff & Coaches

Program Instructors

Our program is taught by U.S. Sailing certified instructors who are also certified in CPR, First Aid, and water related safety procedures.  Del Rey Yacht Club has over 40 years experience in offering a comprehensive year-round sailing program.  Our instructor ratio of one to four for beginning classes exceeds U.S. Sailing recommended guidelines.

Head Coach - Sean Douherty
Sean is 26 years old. A Venice High School graduate, Sean came up through the Del Rey Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program, where he competed in Sabbots, FJ's, 420's, Lasers and 29ers. Sean is a boat broker at Dennison Yacht Sales and coaches Optimist Dinghies, FJ's, and 420's.

 

Senior Coaches

William Petersen
William is 26 years old, a Marina Del Rey local and graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a BA in Travel Industry Management. Will has competed in the Sabbot, Optimist, CFJ, 420, Laser, 29er, and various offshore keel boats. Will is a boat broker at Dennison Yacht sales and serves as the High School Sailing coach.

Erin Megee Peterson
Erin is 29 years old. Originally from Sun Valley, Idaho, Erin graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a MA in Education. Erin teaches Kindergarten at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish School. Erin coaches Sabbots and Optimist Dinghies.

Coaches: Adam Corpez-Lahn
Adam is 31 years old and past head instructor of our program. He currently teaches the Race Team in Lasers, Fj's and 420's.

Mark Spector
Mark is 26 years old and current year-round Opti Race Team Coach.

Lillian Kennedy
Lillian is 25 years old and current year-round beginner coach.

Benny Spector
Benny is 22 years old and currently attending College of Charleston. He is an avid sailor on their collegiate sailing team.

Leonardo Hernandez
Leo is 25 years old and has been coaching our program for several years now. He received his Captain’s license last year.

Michael Ramming
Michael is 22 years old and currently attending College of Charleston. He is an avid sailor on the collegiate sailing team.

Sarah Somes
Sarah is 22 years old and currently attending College of Charleston. She is an avid sailor on their collegiate sailing team.

Adam Pokras
Adam is 21 years old and graduated from the University of Hawaii. He is an avid sailor and was on their collegiate sailing team.

Julian Soto
Julian is 24 years old and currently attending University of Hawaii. He is an avid sailor on their collegiate sailing team.

Joseph Eichemberger
Joseph is 23 years old and currently attending Cal State Northridge.  He has been coaching our program for several years now.

Jenna Kennedy
Jenna is 20 years old and graduated from Palisades High School.

Nicholas Weis
Nicholas is 20 years old and attending UC Irvine.

Brian Mcmartin
Brian is 20 years old and graduated from Redondo Union High School.