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Pleon Summer Staff 2017

Frank Pizzo – Program Director

Frank Pizzo runs Pleon’s summer programs and is also head sailing coach at Bowdoin College.  Prior to earning the head job in 2008, Coach Pizzo served as an assistant coach for Bowdoin and was head sailing coach at Columbia University.  Pizzo is an active Interclub, V-15 and small keelboat racer and competed in two Newport-to-Bermuda Offshore Races.  A native of Wilton, Connecticut, Pizzo graduated from Bowdoin in May of 2006.

Chloe Brown – Commodore

This will be Chloe’s fifth year at Pleon Yacht Club, and her first year as Commodore. For the past two years she has worked at Pleon as a junior Instructor and served as Rear Commodore last summer. Chloe is a Laser sailor and has spent three summers on the Laser Race team. She will be attending Hobart and William Smith Colleges in the fall where she plans on continuing her sailing career. Chloe is most excited to get to know all of the new PYC sailors, and to work to make Pleon be the best it can be! 

 Bryce Andreasen – Laser Racing Coach

Bryce just finished his first year at Quest University in Squamish, BC. He's been enjoying the incredible outdoors BC offers from mountain biking to ski mountaineering, but is excited to return home to Marblehead and Pleon this summer. Bryce grew up sailing at Pleon in Optis, Lasers, and 420s. He was a Junior Instructor for two years and an Opti coach last summer. Some of Bryce's best accomplishments have been in Lasers where he represented Pleon at the US Youth Champs for three years. Bryce is looking forward to another productive and fun summer at Pleon! 

Katharine Bowman – Opti Instructor

Katharine Bowman comes to Pleon from San Diego, California. She is a rising sophomore at Boston College where she is a philosophy major and a crew on the sailing team. Katharine grew up sailing at both San Diego and Wianno Yacht Clubs and is excited to be coaching for the first time. Prior to college sailing, Katharine sailed Etchells and Snipes frequently, and for her high school, placing at two national championships in 2016. Outside of sailing, she loves hiking and snorkeling, and volunteers at several youth organizations. Katharine is excited to be spending the summer on the east coast and is looking forward to a great summer at Pleon!

Emily Croteau - Opti Instructor

Emily is from Winchester, MA and is a rising Junior at Boston University’s School of Education. Emily has sailed as a skipper and a crew on the BU Sailing Team and was honored with a First-Team All Neisa Crew title this past season. She grew up sailing at the Winchester Boat Club and for Winchester High School where she was captain her junior and senior years. Emily also sailed at Pleon on the Laser and 420 Race Teams and enjoyed being a JI for two years. This is Emily’s second year as a Pleon coach and she’s looking forward to another great summer in Marblehead!

Allison Ferraris – 420 Racing Coach

Allison is a graduating senior from Boston College where she has been a member of the BC Sailing Team for the last four years. While at BC, she competed as a crew at the highest levels of both the co-ed and women's circuits,  and was named an All-American. Allison grew up sailing in Orient, NY, and eventually spent several summers coaching at the Orient Yacht Club. This will be her first summer at Pleon, and she is super excited to get to be a part of such an awesome community!

Rachel Foster - Opti Instructor

Rachel is a Marblehead native and is very excited to return for her 10th summer at Pleon and her 2nd as an Opti coach. She sailed on Pleon’s Opti and 420 race teams, was captain of the Pingree School varsity sailing team, and just finished her freshman year at Brown University where was a proud member of the Brown sailing team.  Rachel is looking forward to another great summer coaching opti sailors at Pleon!

Nik Froud - Opti Racing Coach

Nik is from Lymington, UK and is studying for a masters in History at the University of Southampton, where he also competes on the sailing team, this year finishing 10th at the British University team racing nationals and 5th at the University yachting championships, both as a helm. Nik also competes regularly in the UK laser and XOD classes and has raced in several high caliber events such as the laser radial world championships 2014 in Oman, finishing 15th overall. Nik has coached the top 3 British nationals optimist squads and is looking forward to his first summer of Pleon!

William Hundahl - 420 Racing Coach

William Hundahl is a rising junior studying computer science at The College of Charleston and serves as the Captain of the Varsity Offshore Sailing Team. Will grew up sailing at Pleon on the Opti and 420 race teams, earning a second place in the club 420 triple crown, and 4 th place at the US Sailing Youth Championship in 2014. Will is a level 2 certified instructor who has coached at the Nantucket Yacht Club for the past two years, but is looking forward to returning to his hometown to coach. He continues to compete as the main trimmer and tactician for the College of Charleston team and will compete at the 5o5 and J-111 Worlds in 2017.

 

Kate O’Donnell - 420 Instructor

Kate O’Donnell is a rising junior at Northwestern University, a skipper on Northwestern Sailing’s Women’s Team, and a crew on the Coed Team. Born and raised in Chicago, she started sailing at Chicago Yacht Club when she was 9 years old and sailed C420s on their Race Team for three summers. She also sailed for her high school team, Saint Ignatius College Prep, and was Captain her senior year. Kate was the Fleet Captain for Northwestern her freshmen year, is now Captain of the Sailing Team, and looks forward to sailing her second College Nationals this spring. Kate cannot wait for her first summer at Pleon Yacht Club!

 

Sophie Otter – Keelboat Instructor

Sophie is from England, but has been working as crew on the Ex America's cup boats and 50-foot keelboats in New Zealand, as well as coaching optimists. In her spare time she has been sailing Elliot 7s with the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron Youth programme, and racing 18-foot skiffs and 32-foot keelboats. Sophie sailed for the British Youth sailing team in the 29er, whom she represented internationally, earning a silver medal at the youth Europeans in Austria. Last year Sophie and her skipper were RYA youth National Champions, and the female winners of the British 29er Grand Prix series for the second year running. Sophie is very much looking forward to coming to Pleon and coaching this summer before starting university this fall.

Anna Palmer – Opti Instructor

Anna Palmer is a rising 5th year senior nursing student at Jacksonville University where she is also a member of the sailing team as the varsity team captain and B division crew. Originally from Rochester, NY, Anna has coached for two summers at the Rochester Yacht Club and is excited to be joining the Pleon staff for her first summer in Marblehead. Anna began her sailing career in high school sailing 420s and since then has competed in several national regattas including three college sailing national semi-finals. She also enjoys keelboat sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, and water skiing. Anna is excited to be coaching the Opti classes at Pleon and looks forward to a great summer on staff! 

Alex Romagnoli – 420 Racing Coach

Alex began her sailing career at Pleon, growing up in the Opti and Laser programs. She graduated from Connecticut College in 2015 where she was a skipper on the women's team competing at regional and national regattas. Since college, Alex has continued to sail, mainly enjoying keel boat team racing. In the fall Alex will begin graduate school at the University of Chicago to study Public Policy. She is excited to return to Pleon for another great summer!

 

Lea Russell – Opti Racing Coach & Instructor

Lea graduated from College of Charleston in May 2017 with a B.S. in biology and will be attending the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine this fall. She currently coaches Optis and Open Bics at Carolina Yacht Club in Charleston, SC. Before heading to the East Coast, Lea grew up racing Optis for the San Francisco Yacht Club Junior Racing Team and sailed on the Newport Harbor High School Sailing Team.  She also raced C420s out of Balboa Yacht Club in Corona del Mar, CA and competed in C420 regattas at the national level. She spent three years coaching Naples Sabots in southern California, coached Optis and X-boats in Wisconsin and Optis and C420’s in Charleston before joining the Pleon team! She can’t wait to meet everyone this summer!

   

Clark Uhl – 420 Racing Coach

Clark Uhl is 20 years old, from Marblehead, and is a rising junior at Cornell University's College of Engineering. Clark is a member of the Cornell Sailing Team and has high aspirations in college sailing. Clark grew up sailing at Pleon and has not left the club since he started in 2006. He sailed Optis at an international level, competed in the Sears Cup, and currently starts in A division for Cornell. He has a passion for team racing, and off the water he loves soccer. This is his third consecutive year as an instructor and he is very excited to be coaching the 420 race team.  

 Junior Instructors 

Grant Adam - Grant Adam is 16, from Marblehead, and is a rising junior at Marblehead High School where he is a skipper on the sailing team. He grew up sailing at Pleon and this will be his first summer as a junior instructor. Grant has sailed Optis, Lasers and 420s at Pleon. He is currently on the 420 race team. He also loves keelboat racing and raced the Sears Cup at Wianno Yacht Club in 2015. Off the water Grant enjoys running, skiing, and snowboarding. He has loved every summer at Pleon and can’t wait until the start of this season.

Annabelle Ayer - Annabelle is 17 years old and from Marblehead. She is a rising senior at Middlesex School and a crew on the 420 race team at Pleon where she has sailed since she was 10 years old.  She has been on the Opti, laser, and 420 race teams. This is Annabelle’s second summer as a Junior Instructor, and she has raced in many junior regattas, such as New England’s, Nationals, Buzzard’s Bay, and CJ Buckley. Off the water, Annabelle plays squash and tennis, and likes science and math, as well as painting and ceramics. This will be Annabelle’s eighth summer spent having fun while sailing at Pleon.

Edward Backman - Ed Backman is a rising junior at Boston Trinity Academy in Hyde Park, Boston. Ed has been sailing for at least four summers at Pleon as well as an additional two at the Corinthian Yacht Club. This summer, as well as being a junior instructor, he will also be sailing with laser race team. Apart from sailing, he enjoys drawing and political science. Ed is really excited to return to Pleon this summer and to be out on the water!   

Wil Bedford -Wil Bedford is 17 from Arlington, Massachusetts and is a rising senior at Boston College High School. Wil is on the 420 race team at Pleon and is a captain of the BCHigh sailing team. Wil has raced in all types of boats ranging from N-10s to J-109s. This will be his fifth year at Pleon and his second year as a Junior Instructor. In addition to sailing he enjoys surfing, skimboarding, skiing and wrestling. He is extremely excited for another season at Pleon and can't wait for it to begin! 

Lydia Brown - Lydia Brown is a rising junior at The Cambridge School of Weston. She has been sailing at Pleon for 4 years and is a crew on the 420 race team. This is her first year as a JI at Pleon and she can not wait for the summer! Other than sailing Lydia enjoys lacrosse, field hockey, and ASL. 

Rosie Crawford - Rosie will be a senior at Winchester High School this fall. She started sailing when she was 9 at the Winchester Boat Club and has sailed N10s, Optis, and 420s, and worked as a junior instructor there. She joined Pleon's 420 Race Team last summer and has competed as crew in national and international regattas. She also skippers for her high school team. Outside of sailing, Rosie is a competitive swimmer and will be captain of her high school team in the fall. She is really looking forward to another summer at Pleon!

William Dailey - Will Dailey is 16 and from Marblehead. He is a rising junior at St. John's Prep. He grew up sailing at Pleon for 8 summers, and has enjoyed every second of it. He has sailed Opti's , 420s, Rhodes 19s, and lasers competitively. This summer Will will be racing lasers on the laser race team with Pleon. Last summer, he started sailing lasers and won Marblehead Junior Race Week. Will loves English and math classes at school. He also does winter/spring track and field, crew, and skiing. He has loved every summer he has spent at Pleon, and is looking forward to making memories as a J.I. and a member of the race team.

Noah Galvin - Noah Galvin is 17 from Medford and is a rising senior at Medford High School. Noah is a crew on the 420 race team and has been sailing for 4 years out of Medford Boat Club.  This is his third summer at Pleon. Noah enjoys history and science in school and swimming. Noah loves to be in and around the water and can't wait to be back on Marblehead Harbor at Pleon this summer!

Ryan Hamilton – Ryanis from Marblehead and is a rising junior at Marblehead High School where he competes on the Marblehead sailing team. This summer will be Ryan’s 9th summer at Pleon, but his first year as a junior instructor. Ryan started out in Optis and rose to the 420 race team. Before Pleon, Ryan sailed at the Corinthian Yacht Club for two summers. He says that switching to Pleon was one of his earliest, yet best decisions of his life. Ryan also plays soccer and competes on the Marblehead Ski Team. Ryan says he has made some of his best friends and memories at Pleon and looks forward to another great season!

Tyler Lubeck – Tyler is a rising junior at Marblehead High School where she sails on the Marblehead Varsity Sailing Team. Besides sailing, Tyler also enjoys soccer and skiing. This will be her 5th year at Peon and her first year as a junior instructor. Tyler is on 420 Race Team this year and is very excited to help as a junior instructor this summer at Pleon.

Emma Montgomery – Emma, 17, is excited to return for her second summer as a Head Junior Instructor at Pleon. As a rising senior at Newton Country Day School, she skippers for the varsity sailing team and is the captain. At Pleon, she is beginning her third season on the 420 Race Team, competing at local and national regattas. Aside from sailing, Emma loves playing soccer, basketball, and skiing. She loves the balance between a competitive learning environment and fun that Pleon offers. 

Eric O’Connor - Eric is 16, from Marblehead and is a sophomore at Marblehead High School where he skippers for the Marblehead High School Sailing Team. Eric grew up sailing at Pleon and is returning for his 8th season at the club. He has represented Pleon at many regattas in both Optis and 420s, having much success in both fleets. When he’s not sailing, Eric enjoys all of his academics at MHS and he also plays for the JV soccer team. Eric has loved every minute of every year he has been at Pleon and he is excited to start another great season.

Michael Yorsz - Michael is 17 and lives in Winchester, where he is a junior in high school. He is entering his third year of Pleon, and his second on the 420 race team. He grew up sailing at the Winchester Boat Club on Mystic Lake. This season will mark his second year as a JI, and he is excited to be a member of Pleon’s executive committee for the first time. He plans to compete in numerous C420 regattas, including North Americans and BBR. Outside of sailing he loves the Patriots, spikeball, and skiing. He is looking forward to a fantastic season.

Hunter Zonnenberg -Hunter is an avid sailor entering his 7th year of Pleon sailing. He has extensive experience both in the Summer and in the shoulder seasons. Most recently, he has been sailing for the Milton Academy team as a sophomore. At Pleon, he has sailed Optis, lasers, and C420s.  Right now he skippers in 420s. He also sails Rhodes 19s and Sonars on weekends. Hunter found last year’s work as a JI to be very fulfilling and looks forward to another fun-filled year!