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CPYC is looking forward to another tremendous Jr. Sailing season. With an exceptional coaching staff onboard, we can't wait to get started!!

Meet the 2018 Jr Sailing Staff



Jr Sailing Director


Mike Ances is excited to return for his 6th season as Director of Junior Sailing. He grew up in Westport and sailed in both Blue Jays and 420s at Cedar Point. He returned to CPYC as the head instructor from 1995 to 2000 and as Director in 2013. Mike has been working as a music teacher in Monroe since 1997 teaching at Stepney Elementary School, Chalk Hill & Jockey Hollow Middle Schools, and currently is the Masuk High School Band Director. He lives in Southbury with his wife Leigh and his two sons, Hunter & Spencer.



Head Instructor

Haley is returning as head instructor again at CPYC and her fourth season coaching sailing overall. Haley grew up sailing Optimists and Lasers at Milford Yacht Club and with FAST in Newport, RI. She is a rising senior on the Connecticut College sailing team competing as a doublehanded skipper/crew and Laser sailor and serving as Captain.




Hannah is coming back for her 3rd year at CPYC. Hannah grew up sailing Optis and Lasers and now sails FJs at the University of Delaware. She grew up sailing at Milford Yacht Club and is extremely excited for this year


Will Crane


Willie is returning for his second year at CPYC.  He grew up sailing Optis, 420s, Lasers and Big Boats in the Noroton Yacht Club Junior Program and with LISOT. He will be attending Northeastern University for his Junior year and is very excited to return to Cedar Point this year.




Chris is super excited to be returning for his 2nd year coaching. As a kid, Chris would sail Lasers at Pequot Yacht Club, and still loves racing them when he can in the CPYC frostbiting fleet. Chris attends the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.




This is Brandon’s second year and can’t wait to get started! He has spent the previous 3 years instructing at Longshore Sailing School. He grew up sailing Optis, 420s, and Lasers at Milford Yacht Club. Brandon attends Hobart & William Smith Colleges, and will be a sophomore in the fall and is very excited to share his passion and knowledge for the sport of sailing.




Brennan will be returning in 2nd year at CPYC after previously coaching for a year at Shore and Country Club.  He grew up sailing Optis, Pixels, Lasers, and Big Boats at Black Rock Yacht Club. He will be attending Washington and Lee University this fall as a freshman and he is looking forward to having a great summer on the water at CPYC.




Ally is super excited to be at Cedar Point for her first year as an instructor. She has been sailing since age 3. In that time, she has sailed optis, pixels, lasers, and big boats at the Milford Yacht Club. She has also been a junior instructor for several years. When she isn't sailing, the laws of the state of Connecticut require her to attend school. During the school year, she loves ski racing and playing frisbee. She is a Sagittarius and her spirit animal is the gummy bear. She has raced sailboats all over the Long Island Sound and is looking forward to a great year at Cedar Point!!




My name is Dennis Canada and I am from Easton, CT.   I grew up sailing at Pequot Yacht Club.  Along with sailing, I love to ski and snowmobile.  I am a ski instructor at Mount Snow in Vermont.   My favorite color is green, and I love nothing more then a good cheeseburger.  I am looking forward to traveling to Costa Rica in the fall, where I will be participating in a gap year program to become a certified dive master/instructor.