Our Instructors

ALISSA KAPP

Alissa is from Harding, NJ but grew up sailing at Mantoloking Yacht Club.  She has sailed Opti and c420, and loves them both.  Her favorite thing about sailing is racing and being out in the sun and open air.  Her hobbies include music, track and tennis.  She is a twin.

KEVIN MARTIN

Kevin, a senior at Colts Neck High School grew up sailing Opti, 420, and Laser out of Seaside Park. Laser is his favorite because of its speed and simplicity. He also enjoys surfing, snowboarding, and being outside. He will be attending Florida Atlantic University in the fall to study business.

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MCKENZIE KAPP

McKenzie, a graduate of Roanoke College, is from Harding, NJ and grew up sailing Opti, 420 and Sunfish at Mantoloking YC.  McKenzie is in her fifth year of coaching and her fourth year at LYC. Her favorite thing about sailing is racing and the competitive nature of sailing. She also enjoys lacrosse, hiking, tennis and community service.  She has three sisters who have coached at LYC.

CHARLIE MCKENZIE

Charlie, a junior at Conestoga High School, is from Berwyn, PA. He grew up sailing opti, and still sails 420s out of Mantoloking Yacht Club. He has sailed everything from E-scows to windsurfers, but his best experience in a boat was traveling to Lake Garda, Italy to compete against a thousand other sailors. When he is not sailing Charlie enjoys wrestling and surfing as well as spending time with his friends and family. He cannot wait for an amazing summer at LYC!

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CURTIS HOLICK

Curtis, a freshman at Drexel University, is from Lawrenceville, NJ. He grew up sailing Opti, Sunfish, 420 and Lightning at the Metedeconk River Yacht Club. His favorite part of sailing is being on the trapeze on days with lots of wind.

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MATTHEW HAMELSKY

Matthew, a sailor on the Boston University sailing team, has made three appearances at the HS National Championship, won an Atlantic Coast Championship and captured back-to-back NJ State Championships. In addition, he has sailed lasers on the Surf City YC Race Team, M-Scows on the BBYRA and keelboats in TRYC's Wednesday series.  When he's not on the water, Matthew is skiing in Vermont.

ABBY WAGNER

Abby, a junior at Penn State University, is from Mantoloking, NJ. She grew up sailing Opti and 420 at Mantoloking Yacht Club and prefers the 420 for its speed and the company on the boat. She also enjoys hanging out with friends and family, watching her younger siblings sail and playing tennis.

IAN WURCH

Ian, a senior at Rumson Fair Haven High School, grew up in Seaside Park and on the Barnegat Bay. He has raced on many boats ranging from Opti to big keel boats, but the 420 proves to be his favorite.  Ian is also a competitive soccer player and looks forward to a great summer in Lavallette.

SHAWN TIRONE

Shawn, a senior attending Jackson Memorial High school, was born on Staten Island and grew up in Jackson where his love for sailing began. He quickly excelled in the Opti and then moved on to sail Laser and skipper 420 for his school. Although young, his desire for new challenges and opportunities propels him to always achieve higher.

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