Our Coaches
Committed to the Development and Safety of our Young Sailors
Our US Sailing Certified Coaches and Instructors are experienced sailors with a love of teaching sailing to the next generation. Every Coach and Instructor we hire is prepared to share their diverse experiences in sailing with our program’s youth to engage and motivate them to succeed both on and off the water.

All of our Coaches and Instructors are required to have the following certifications:
  • US Sailing Level 1 Instructor (many have their Level 2s or 3s)
  • Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED
  • SafeSport Training through Team USA
  • Concussion Awareness through the CDC
  • NASBLA Valid in FL
  • FL Department of Children and Families Level 2 Background Screening
Safety is a priority for everyone at the VYBA. Sailors are under constant supervision while on the water by our Coaches and Instructors in powerboats. Every powerboat carries a first aid kit and VHF radio to provide immediate care and contact with the VYBA Director, the Venice Yacht Club Dock Master, and the Venice Marine Patrol. Our Program Director monitors a variety of sources for weather and lightning updates in the area.


Acting Executive Director - Henry Millette

Henry has been working as a sailing coach since 2011 primarily in the area around New York City. He has worked at several different yacht clubs and organizations including Larchmont Yacht Club (Larchmont, NY), New York Athletic Club (Pelham, NY) , and Indian Harbor Yacht Club (Greenwich, CT), where he is currently both the primary coach of their Optimist Race Team as well as the club's Head Coach. In addition to his role at Indian Harbor, Henry is the Head Coach of the Greenwich High School Varsity Sailing Team as well as a private coach that works with multiple different Opti, Laser, 420 (both I and C), and Feva sailors/teams. He is a firm believer in the potential of community sailing organizations to serve as an ideal platform to enable local sailors (both young and not-so-young) to fall in love with the sport and develop the skills to compete at whatever level they aspire to. He is thus very excited to begin working on taking the VYBA program to the next level!  Henry is a graduate of Boston College that lives in Mamaroneck, NY with his girlfriend, Georgia, and her Maltese Shih Tzu, Bert.




Coach Alyssa Jongsma

Alyssa has been sailing for nine years at VYBA and is now a US Sailing Level 1 Certified coach.  She currently races C420s, Lasers and is the Co-Captain of the Venice High School Sailing Team.  Alyssa coaches the RWB Opti race team during the school year.




Coach Kane Fenton

Kane has been been sailing for over 5 years.  He currently races C420s and is the Co-Captain of the Venice High School Sailing Team. Kane is a certified US Sailing Level 1 instructor and coaches the Opti Green Fleet race team during the school year

Coach Zoe Watson

Zoe has been sailing her whole life, learning to sail Optis when she was just 5 years old.  She recently graduated from Venice High School where she was on the Venice High Sailing Team.  She is a US Sailing Level 1 instructor and is the lead coach for the Adventure Sail program during the school year.



Coach Nick Waite

Nick has been sailing for over 5 years and currently is a member of the Venice High School Sailing Team.  He also sails Lasers.  He is currently a US Sailing Level 1 certified instructor and assists with Adventure Sail and Green Fleet Optis during the school year.


Assistant Coaches

Roman Khrushchinskiy:  Roman has sailed in on Florida as well as internationally and on the west coast, in California and Washington State.  He has extensive C420 and Opti experience.  Roman is a member of the Venice High School Varsity Sailing team and worked as an assistant coach this past summer.

Abe Reynolds

Josh Pope

Erinne Fenton

Our Board of Directors
Committed to the Safe, Efficient and Fun Operations of VYBA

Our Board of Directors is a highly effective group of community leaders, parents and sailors working hard to make sure the VYBA operates effectively and efficiently.

Edmund (Ed) B. Campbell, III -  Chair

Florence Fauls - Vice Chair

Richard (Dick) Lawson - Secretary

Joseph A. Occhino - Treasurer

Shaun D. Graser D.M.D. - Director 

Michael Kirk - Director

Kim Whiteman - Director

Renee Fenton - Director

Bruce Furman - Director

Sara Gill - Director


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CONTACT US:


1330 Tarpon Center Drive, Venice, FL  34285

941-468-1719

directorvyba@gmail.com 


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