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

Meet the 2019 Jr Sailing Staff


 

MIKE ANCES

Jr Sailing Director

Mike

Mike Ances is excited to return for his 7th 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.


 
BRANDON LIEBNICK
Head Instructor
Brandon

This is Brandon’s third year and can’t wait to return and step into the role of Head Instructor. Prior to Cedar Point, he spent 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 Junior in the fall and is very excited to share his passion and knowledge for the sport of sailing.

 

CHRIS LUKAs

Instructor
Chris

Chris is super excited to be returning for his 3rd 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.


 

ALLISON GRUBMAN

Instructor
Ally

Ally is super excited to be at Cedar Point for her second 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!!


 

Dennis CANADA

Instructor
Dennis

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.


Caroline Wolstenholme
Instructor
Caroline

Caroline joins the CPYC instructor team from Norwalk Yacht Club where she instructed for 2 years. Caroline grew up sailing out of Pequot Yacht Club and was a Junior Sailing Instructor Mentor for 2 years. At Pequot, she raced 420's and was an active member of their Junior Big Boat Program.Prior to the 420, she raced Pixels and started out in the Opti. Caroline is presently a Sophomore at the University of Delaware. 
 

Lane Anderson
Instructor
Lane

Lane is a High School Senior at Darien High, and grew up sailing out of Noroton Yacht Club. She is a Varsity Sailor at Darien HS and has experience in dinghies and big boat racing. Lane is a former Junior Instructor at Noroton and most recently was an summer sailing instructor at The Tokeneke Club.
 

Charlie Waghorne 
Instructor

Charlie

Charlie is a High School Senior in Fairfield, CT and grew up sailing out of Black Rock Yacht Club. Charlie instructed last year at Long Shore and is an experience Level 1 certified instructor. He grew up sailing Opti’s, Pixels and Lasers. He participated in the Big Boats program and is excited to join Cedar Point.