KELLY LEIBOWITZ – Program Director

Kelly is a Roger Williams University Alumni, a team race enthusiast and lifetime sailor, she has been the program director at Belle Haven Club and Wickford Sailing Association. While at Kelly was two-time team captain, a three-time All-American, three-time All-New England crew, helped the team secure the 2011 Team Race Nationals win, and played a key role in placing 2nd at the 2012 College Fleet Race Nationals. Before college she competed at Youth Champs and won the US Jr. Women's Nationals as a crew in 2006. She grew up sailing in Niantic, CT and now lives in Salem, MA with her husband. In 2017 she was named to the RWU Athletic Hall of Fame. Last year she was the 420 Race Team Coach, additionally she is the Marblehead High School Fishwagon's coach.


Sailing has been a part of Hunter's life since he can remember, first going out on his parents' Rhodes 19. He's been at Pleon for the past 8 years, starting in Optis and going through the Opti, Laser, and C420 programs at the club. He's been a Junior Instructor for two years and an intern this past summer, working with both kids and adults around the club. Hunter also sailed at Milton Academy during the offseason and is looking forward to joining the Brown Sailing team next year. Hunter's favorite part of Pleon is getting all of the young sailors excited about being on the water and he looks forward to to an amazing summer of sailing and learning!


Annabelle is currently a freshman at Georgetown University, studying physics and economics and racing on the co-ed sailing team as crew. She grew up in Marblehead and has been sailing at Pleon since she was nine years old. Annabelle raced on Pleon's Opti, 420 and Laser Race Teams and has been a junior instructor for two years. She is excited to be back and to share her love for Pleon and sailing with the younger sailors.


Luciano was born and raised in Argentina. This is his sixth summer coaching Opti race sailors, previously working at Baltimore Sailing Center in Maryland and Puerto Lucia Yacht Club in Ecuador. He has extensive experience coaching and sailing Optis. As a sailor, he competed in many international championships including the 2004 North Americans in Texas. That year he also qualified for the European Championship in Sweden. In 2005, he sailed in the South American Championships where he was in the top of the rankings. After Optis, Luciano moved on to different classes including Cadet, 29er and J/24. Luciano is very excited to share his experience as a coach and a sailor to teach a sport that he loves.


Connor is a student at the University of Michigan. He grew up sailing Optis and Scows in West Michigan and was a coach at the Grand Rakips Yacht Club for six years. In high school, Connor sailed for East Grand Rapids and was the team captain his senior year. He now sails for Michigan and was a member of the MCSA All-Conference team in 2018. Connor is an avid dinghy sailor, spending most of his time in Lasers, 420's and FJs, but also enjoys sailing offshore boats and J/70s. He is looking forward to his first summer at Pleon!


Peyton is a junior at College of Charleston, has been sailing for more than 13 years, and is very excited to return to Pleon for another summer! This will be his sixth year coaching and his second at Pleon. Before Pleon, Peyton coached sailors in both of the Carolinas as well as in his home state of California. He has raced Optis, CFJs, 420's and keelboats at the national level, and before moving from California, aided his high school in its a second-place finish at College Nationals as the varsity heavy crew. At school, Peyton is on the pre-med track, and in between studying for the MCAT and classes, he enjoys taking out the J22's in Charleston Harbor, reading on the beach, fishing, and eating burritos. Peyton is looking forward to another great summer at Pleon!


Wyatt is looking forward to his second year of coaching at Pleon. He is a rising senior at North Carolina State University in Raleigh where he is a pre-law student majoring in physics and political science with a minor in Spanish. This will be his sixth summer coaching sailing. Previously, he was a co-director of Blackbeard Sailing Club with his brother, Peyton, coaching Optis and Topazes. Before that, he coached Naples Sabots and C420's at Balboa Yacht Club where he was also an avid keelboat and C420 racer. Wyatt sailed for the Newport Harbor High School Varsity Sailing Team, but grew up racing Optis on the San Francisco Yacht Club Race Team (breeze on!). Outside of sailing, Wyatt is passionate about non-profit work and loves fishing and being outdoors.


Reid is an undergrad at Virginia Tech where he races on the sailing team, skippering on FJs. At Virginia Tech, he enjoys studying engineering, skiing on the alpine ski team, and biking. He grew up sailing in Marblehead and went through junior sailing at Pleon in Optis, C420s and Lasers. Reid enjoys racing offshore in the summer and getting out on the water as much as possible. This is his second year coaching at Pleon and he is excited to be back.

Hunter Skinner

Hunter is a junior studying physics at the College of Charleston. He spent most of his childhood in Rochester, New York before moving to El Lago, Texas for his junior and senior years of high school. He started racing in Lasers before moving to the Club 420 and International 420. He was the third-place American boat in the open fleet at the 2016 420 Worlds and the 2017 Open Europeans. When not racing the International 420, Hunter raced with his high school team which won the 2015 Keelboat Invitational as well as the 2016 High School Fleet Racing Nationals. In college, he has been actively team racing.


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