Jr. Sailing Program 2017
Jr. Regatta
SMSA (So. Mass. Sailing Assoc.)


Sharon Seymour-Johnson, Sailing Director - My name is Sharon Seymour-Johnson and I am pleased to introduce myself to you as the new BYC Sailing Director for 2017. I have been a certified Sailing Coach, among other things, for over 25 years and come to you with a wealth of experience as a parent, yacht club member, and program leader. I grew up in Toronto, Canada, and now reside in Florida with my husband Craig, daughter Skye (9), and son Flynn (7). Craig is a Maritime Recruiter, sailing coach, and avid dinghy/offshore sailor. 

Here is some additional information about my background:

  • Graduate of Laurentian University, Honors Bachelor of Human Movement with a Major in Outdoor Adventure Leadership 1997
  • Competitive sailor from the age of 12 years e.g. Laser, Europe, I14, 470, Snipe, J24, J80, etc. Offshore racing from age 16 including 2010-2016 Lauderdale-Key West, 2016 Miami-Havana, 2002-2012 Newport-Bermuda and Marblehead-Halifax on 82' maxi yacht NIRVANA
  • Member, consultant and Coach at Lauderdale Yacht Club (LYC) over the past 10 years
  • At LYC - identified a top-heavy high performance racing program with a small base and worked with the Sailing Director to design, build and coach two new non-competitive programs called "Mercury Mentors" for ages 5-7 and "Lime Fleet" for ages 7-12; also taught adult "Basic Keelboat"
  • Training Technical Coordinator at the Canadian Yachting Association 2000-2003
  • Facilitator of Corporate Training, University Leadership and Teambuilding programs using sailing as a platform for change.
  • Hobbies include: competitive sailing, outdoor adventure sports, search and rescue, music and art

I am excited to join the team at BYC and look forward to meeting you all in the upcoming months. We are now forming the Coaching and Volunteer Support teams and would love to hear from you if you are interested in being involved. 

All the best, 
Sharon Seymour-Johnson
Email: sjohnson@beverlyyachtclub.org

Sam Peirson, Head Instructor - Sam Peirson, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, graduated from Tabor Academy in 2012. He currently is a senior on the Eckerd College Varsity Sailing Team in Saint Petersburg, Florida. From 2013-2016 he has been a Senior Instructor teaching advanced learn to sail 420s and Messing Around in Boats at the Wianno Yacht Club. While at Wianno he was a Principal Race Officer for the Wianno Senior fleet and has helped run all the regattas held at Wianno these past four years. Sam looks forward to bringing his experience of managing fellow senior instructors and junior instructors at Wianno to Beverly Yacht Club this summer to providing a safe and fun summer on the water for all the sailors.

Bradley Adams, 420 Race Coach - Bradley has been sailing all of his life, growing up racing JY-15s in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. At ten years old, Bradley started racing his Opti competitively and moved on to be a member of the US National Team, competing in Belgium and Italy. His most memorable moments were winning eight out of thirteen races at the US Team Trials and being selected to represent the US at the Junior Gold Cup Regatta in Bermuda. As he outgrew his Opti, Bradley moved on to 420s, winning many local and regional regattas, most notably placing 3rd at the 2010 Team Race Nationals, 6th at the 2011 US Sailing Youth Champs, and 1st at the 2012 North Americans. Bradley is a rising senior at St. Mary's College of Maryland where he is on the sailing team. This will be Bradley’s second year at BYC.

Nick Memoli, 420 Green Coach - Nick Memoli graduated from Wayland High School, Wayland MA in June 2016. He was a skipper for the WHS Varsity Sailing Team and served as the Captain of the team for the 2016 season. During the Summers, Nick was a member of the Beverly Yacht Club 420 Race Team from 2012-2015. He worked as a senior instructor for the 2016 season at BYC, teaching 420-2 and assisting with the 420 race team. He also raced Optis competitively as he was a member of the BYC Opti Race Team growing up. He was a member of the FAST Opti Sailing Team in Newport, RI. In addition to racing 420s and Opti’s, Nick has experience in other boats such as the Bullseye, FJ, Rhodes 19, Shields, J24, and J80. Nick is a finance major at Bentley University and is an active member on the sailing team there, skippering in numerous events throughout  and also serving as the Captain of the sailing team in Spring 2017.

Patrick Penwell, Opti Race Coach - My name is Patrick Penwell; I am from the Eastern shore of Maryland in a small town called St. Michaels. Majority of my junior sailing on the Chesapeake Bay was sailing in Annapolis. I have recently just graduated from the University of Rhode Island where I studied Environmental Economics (Green Markets and Sustainability). During my time at URI I was an active member of the sailing team for 3 ½ years.  I have grown up sailing many boats throughout my life including optimist, lasers, 420s, stars, shields,Etchells, J boats, and historic Chesapeake Bay log canoes. Other than sailing, I enjoying sports such as snowboarding, skiing, wakeboarding, fishing, tennis, and any team sport that involves a ball. This will be my 7th summer coaching sailing and I am very much looking forward to coaching the optimist race team and passing along my knowledge and love for the sport in any way I can. 


Ryan Sinnott, Opti Green Coach - Ryan was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland and grew up on the water. He is currently studying at Dublin Institute of Technology and races as a helmsman on the university’s varsity A team. Ryan began his sailing career in an Opti before moving up the the Laser. He enjoys racing keelboats and other dinghies as well in regional, national and international events. Ryan has been coaching sailing for five years and is excited to continue bringing the skills he’s learned as a sailor and as a coach to the Opti Green Fleet, and BYC is very happy to have him return as a boat repair extraodinaire!

Claire Beechinor, Senior Instructor - Claire is from the South of Ireland and is currently studying Nutrition and Dietetics in the University of Surrey, England. She is a confident, experienced and competitive Advanced Dinghy Instructor and a team sailor at university. She feels privileged to be working at Beverly Yacht Club and is looking forward to a wonderful summer!



Patrick Fearons, Senior Instructor - Patrick lives in Mattapoisett, MA and attends St. Georges School in Newport, RI. He has sailed the majority of his life in dinghies - sailing Opti's for seven years including three years on the race team. In addition, he was a part of the FAST program for three years traveling all over the US. He transitioned to 420s four years ago. This summer will be his first summer working full time at BYC after two summers as a junior instructor. He has been part of the St. Georges sailing team for three years and also sailed the St. Georges boat, Geronimo, for five weeks around Greece. He is looking forward to a fantastic summer.

Rebecca Gennett, Senior Instructor - Rebecca, a Florida native, developed her passion for sailing in Optis at 7 years old. She moved into sailing 420s in high school where she competed in regattas in Snipes. She transitioned into the role of instructor at Lauderdale Yacht Club teaching the Mercury mentor classes while helping build curriculum for the group and also working with the kids in the Opti program. At LYC, Rebecca has run race committee for the adult sailing practices and is now looking forward to sharing her passion for sailing this summer at BYC and in Buzzards Bay.


Hannah Gierhart, Senior Instructor - Hannah lives in Marion, MA and just finished her sophomore year at the University of South Carolina where she is studying finance, marketing and Spanish. She grew up sailing optis and 420s at Beverly and loves being back instructing. This will be Hannah’s second summer instructing at Beverly and she is looking forward to a fun and exciting summer!



 Sydney Hughes, Senior Instructor - Sydney lives in Wellesley, MA and attends Wellesley High School. However, she lived in Marion for 10 years prior where she grew up sailing around Buzzards Bay. She’s completed 8 years of junior sailing, 2 years on the Opti race team as well as 2 years on the 420 race team. Last year she had a blast as a junior instructor and cannot wait to return this summer for just as much fun!



Emily Lorimer, Senior Instructor - Emily hails from Duxbury, Mass. and grew up sailing at Duxbury Bay Maritime School where she was an instructor for the past three summers. She graduated from Notre Dame Academy in 2016, and just finished her first year at Hobart and William Smith Colleges where she is studying international politics and French, and is a member of the  the sailing team. Most of her racing experience is in dinghies such as C420s and FJs. This is Emily's first summer at Beverly Yacht Club, and she is looking forward to a fun summer of sailing!

Travis Tucker, Senior Instructor - Travis is a rising junior on the sailing team at North Carolina State University, where he's studying Aerospace Engineering. On the university's club sailing team, he often takes on a more coaching-oriented role at practice. He learned to sail at Pontchartrain Yacht Club in Louisiana when he was six. At nine, he moved to Boone, NC and began sailing out of Lake Norman Yacht Club. He has campaigned Optis, Lasers, and Club 420s competitively at the regional and national level. He's looking forward to his third summer coaching sailing and his first summer in New England.     

Ava Ciffolillo, Junior Instructor - Ava Ciffolillo will be a senior this fall at Old Rochester Regional High School. She moved to Mattapoisett when she was nine years old where she was first introduced to sailing. She spent many summers racing a sunfish at Angelica Point and participating in the Matt Sail program. She then joined the Beverly Yacht Club six years ago and fell in love with the 420. She has been a member of the 420 race team for the past three years and looks forward to teaching young BYC sailors all that she’s learned. Outside of sailing, Ava plays varsity lacrosse, track, and soccer for Old Rochester and is a member of the National Honor Society.

John Egger, Junior Instructor - My name is John Egger and I am very excited to be a Junior Instructor this summer. I started sailing when I was three months old on my families bullseye. As I grew older I began racing on a shields with my dad, and when I was 8 I started sailing for the junior program. This year I am on the 420 race team. This year I was a Sophomore at Bishop Stang. I was a part of the Varsity Swim team, winning our conference and going to Sectionals and States. I had a great season sailing for Stang, we won Cape and Islands for both fleet and team racing. I look forward to meeting and sailing with all of you this summer. 


Jack Murray, Junior Instructor - Jack lives with his family in Marion, MA where he is a rising senior at Tabor Academy. At Tabor, Jack has sailed competitively on the sailing team for three years. In addition, he runs on the cross-country team, plays trumpet in the wind ensemble and jazz band, and builds sets for the winter musical. Jack has been sailing at Beverly Yacht club for many years with experience in both Opti’s and 420’s. This will be his second year as a Junior Instructor and as a member of the 420 Race Team. He is excited to share his love of sailing and looks forward to a great time on the water this summer.

Julia Pardo, Junior Instructor - Julia was born in Massachusetts and has lived in Marion her whole life. She is a rising senior at Tabor Academy, where she has been a member of the Junior Varsity Field Hockey team and the Junior Varsity Sailing team. Julia began sailing at age 8 in Tabor’s Summer Program, and this summer will be Julia’s second summer at BYC. She’s looking forward to teaching other young, developing sailors as a junior instructor.  

Julian Sudofsky, Junior Instructor - Julian lives just down the road from the Beverly Yachtclub and is currently a rising junior at ORR though he attended Bishop Stang High School as a freshman. He sailed as a varsity crew at Stang and as a varsity skipper at ORR. He has been sailing his whole life, the majority of which has been at the BYC. Julian transitioned from Optis to 420s at a young age, thus giving him four years of experience in the 420. Aside from dinghies, Julian has competed all over the East Coast and in France in the J 70 fleet. While in Europe, he started sailing lasers on Lake Como, Italy. His biggest learning experience and accomplishment was his victory at the Etchells North Americans. This is Julian's first year of giving back to the program that as made him into the sailor that he is today.