Meet Sarah Leonard, our Head Instructor. Sarah graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2017. She was the head instructor last summer and is thrilled to be back on the team! Since graduation, Sarah has been working at Women and Infants Hospital in their newborn hearing screening program. She looks forward to spending another summer in the sun before going to grad school this fall!
Meet Rachel Daye, our Co-Head Instructor. Rachel grew up in Jensen Beach, Florida, sailing out of the Martin County Sailing Center. She has always loved being on the water and began sailing in high school. She will graduate in May with a degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida in Saint Petersburg where she is a member of the sailing team. This is her second summer with Sail To Prevail. Rachel is excited to be in Newport for another working with an incredible group of people.
Meet Sailing Instructor Fischer Nathan. Fischer is a native Rhode Islander and grew up sailing on Narragansett Bay. He started sailing Optis at age 5 at Barrington Yacht Club and loved it so much that he signed up to sail every summer day during his childhood. He joined the FAST/Bretton Cove Race Team. He also sailed/raced 420s and lasers with Sail Newport and Barrington High School. He volunteered on race nights at Sail To Prevail last summer and at an elementary school focused on children with special needs.
Meet Sailing Instructor Carrie Marshall. Carrie is from Ft. Myers, Florida, and has been sailing since 2007 and was taught sailing by our very own Allie Gray, Director of program Development. Carrie started sailing Optis in Fort Myers when she was seven and have been racing ever since! She raced 420s in middle and high school and had continued racing at Clemson University, where she studies Engineering. Carrie is excited to join the Sail To Prevail team because sailing has been a significant part of her life and she wants to share her love of sailing with others so they can enjoy it too!
Meet Sailing Instructor Ben Markert. Ben is a rising senior at Bishop Stang High School. He has sailed since the second grade, mostly at Sail Newport, and currently races as a Skipper and Crew for his Varsity Sailing Team. In addition to being on the water, Ben loves skiing, fly fishing, hiking, and climbing in the mountains. He first heard about Sail To Prevail when his sister volunteered there during a summer in college. After sailing J22s right next to Sail To Prevail’s operational tent on Fort Adams in 2017, Ben experienced firsthand how fantastic this program is and decided he wanted to work there. He currently lives in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.
Meet Sailing Instructor Patrick Flanigan. Patrick lives in Tiverton, Rhode Island, and is a junior at the Portsmouth Abbey. He has been sailing at the Tiverton Yacht Club since he was very little (just big enough to sit in an Opti) and this year he is one of two captains of the Portsmouth Abbey Sailing Team. Patrick worked with Sail To Prevail last year and enjoyed working, and spending time with each of the participants, and can’t wait to join us all again this year!
Meet Sailing Instructor Rylan McGinn. Ryan is 17 years old, a rising high school Senior attending the Brooks School in Massachusetts. His family has recently moved to Southwest Florida, which he enjoys during the winter breaks. His early sailing was on lakes in Upstate New York where he learned to sail, then raced Optis and Sunfish during the summers. In addition, he crewed on larger sailboats in the Caribbean during vacations. Rylan heard about Sail To Prevail last summer, and thought it would be a great program to get involved in. He is so excited about joining the team this summer!
Meet Will Cabral. Will comes to Sail To Prevail by way of his friend Patrick Flannigan. He is a rising senior at Bishop Stang High School and is from Tiverton, Rhode Island. He grew up sailing at both Ida Lewis Yacht Club and the Tiverton Yacht Club. Will is currently racing for the Bishop Stang Sailing Team. Along with sailing, he enjoys playing soccer, skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and photography. After hearing about Sail To Prevail, Will saw it as a great opportunity to help give everyone access to the sport that has given him so much.
Meet Jackie Morrison. Jackie is graduating from Portsmouth Abbey and will be attending Eckerd College in Florida in the fall. She is from Little Compton, RI, has been sailing since she was seven, and has been racing ever since. Jackie is the captain of her high school team and is going to sail for Eckerd. She is really excited to join the Sail To Prevail team because no one should be deprived of sailing and this program makes it possible for everyone.