Meet Sarah Leonard, our Head Instructor 

Sarah first joined the Sail To Prevail family three years ago as Head Instructor and it has been her pleasure to return every summer since! She loves seeing returning regulars as well as introducing our new participants to the world of sailing. When not on the water, Sarah is at the University of Connecticut pursuing a doctoral degree in Audiology. She hopes to pursue a career in medical intervention and management of hearing disorders, or become Sail To Prevail’s very own Audiologist!



Meet Sailing Instructor Fischer Nathan

Fischer grew up sailing in Barrington and Newport as a child and it has been his passion ever since.  This is Fischer’s second summer with Sail To Prevail and he couldn’t be more excited to be returning for another great summer.







Meet Sailing Instructor Carrie Marshall

Meet Carrie Marshall. Carrie is from Fort Myers, Florida and started sailing Optis when she was 7. Later, she began to sail 420s and compete around Florida and the East Coast.  Carrie is a civil engineering student at Clemson where she continues to sail competitively. This year will be Carrie’s second with Sail To Prevail and she is excited to be able to spend each day sailing with amazing and inspirational people.





Meet Sailing Instructor Ben Merkert

Meet Ben Merkert. Ben is a member of the incoming freshman class at Yale University. 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. Ben had such a great time instructing last summer that he knew he had to come back for his second year in 2019. He currently lives in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.






Meet Sailing Instructor Patrick Flanigan.

Meet Patrick Flannigan. Patrick lives in Tiverton, Rhode Island, and attended Portsmouth Abbey where he was the captain of his sailing team for the past two years.  He has been sailing at the Tiverton Yacht Club since he was very little (just big enough to sit in an Opti) and loves sailing around Newport with our participants.  This will be Patrick’s third summer working at Sail To Prevail and is so happy to join us again this year!





Meet Joseph Wicker

Joe is a rising senior at Barrington High School and started sailing on Narragansett Bay with the Sail Newport summer program in 2012, eventually racing Optis and 420s with the Bretton Cove Race Team and Sail Newport. Joe races 420s for the Barrington High School Sailing team and completed the Newport to Bermuda race in 2018. Outside of sailing Joe enjoys fishing and skiing and he’s very excited to join the Sail To Prevail team this summer!






Meet Jackie Morrison

Meet Jackie Morrison. Jackie is from Little Compton and has been sailing for most of her life. She went to the Portsmouth Abbey and is now sailing at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Jackie started working for Sail To Prevail last summer and she feels it was the best decision she ever made. She instantly fell in love with the staff and the amazing participants and just lovesto cruise around Newport with them again this summer!







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