Proteus Yacht Club’s (PYC) Flag Officers and Team Breakwater's Members must be under the age of 21 (other memberships are available for parents, volunteers, and supporters). Our program supports both serious competitors and recreational sailors of all skill levels, and is focused on building sailing skills while also promoting sportsmanship, fostering teamwork and strengthening respect for oneself and others while furthering the sport of sailing and the Corinthian Spirit. While PYC and Team Breakwater’s leadership and members are under age 21, the sailing program is overseen by a professional program director and an exceptional team of national and international coaches. The club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, with a dedicated board of directors overseeing operations and safety.
PYC and Team Breakwater embraces a learning environment that will prepare sailors for the next level of sailing and for the rest of their lives. Beginning with the Optimist, Team Breakwater encourages Sailors to evolve to the next level, including High School, College and beyond.
PYC and Team Breakwater's mission is to involve as many young people as possible in the sport of sailing through a fun, educational atmosphere and to keep them involved and growing on a personal level for many years. Team Breakwater invites College Sailing recruiters for networking.
Coach Adam is currently the head sailing coach for Washington College (MD), a graduate of St. Mary’s College, a Collegiate Sailor, and former Opti Racing Coach for both the Annapolis Yacht Club (MD) and Pleon Yacht Club (MA).
Coach Adams will be joining PYC full time this season.
Coach MacKenzie is currently a coach with the US Sailing Siebel Program and former head coach at the WaterFront Center (TWC) in Oyster Harbor, NY and has agreed to several dates during the 2020 Summer Season. We look forward to welcoming her to Team Breakwater this coming summer.
Coach Duffy is the current owner and head coach at GeauxFast Sailing (Texas) and has agreed to offer Opti Coaching and Racing Clinics this summer. We look forward to welcoming him to Team Breakwater this coming summer.
Coach Nicole is the head coach with the Baltimore Community Sailing Center (BCSC), Baltimore, MD and has agreed to several dates during this Summer for both Opti Coaching and Racing Clinics. We look forward to welcoming her this summer.
Coaching and Clinics
Proteus Yacht Club and Team Breakwater conduct various sailing clinics throughout the season, as well as invite coaches from throughout the sailing community to build upon the team’s overall objectives, while encouraging a love for the sport of sailing and a respect for the ocean. Each Coach evaluates all previous coaching lesson plans, and materials covered in order to build upon that foundation and introducing new materials, strategies, and continued growth while ensuring a safe and fun experience.
US Sailing's STEM Education Initiative or ‘REACH'
Proteus Yacht Club and Team Breakwater incorporate many different teaching and coaching methods, including incorporating US Sailing’s National Standard in Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) into the sport of sailing.
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This is a private three (3) day Optimist Sailing and Introduction to Racing Clinic with Coach Joakim Karlsen, Founder, JK Sailing; current Director of the USODA National Team and Former Head Coach at Sail Newport. Space is limited for this very special opportunity. Sailors must provide their own boat (International Optimist); however, Mclaughlin Boat Works may be onsite to offer charters and purchase opportunities for this event. Contact Team Breakwater for more information.
Coach Karlsen moved to the United States from Norway in 2010 and has been coaching Optimist sailors for more than 15 years. He is the Performance Director for the US Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA) National Team, and is also a member of the USODA Coaches Counsel. Most recently he coached the USODA National Team at the North American Optimist Championships (Sept 2019) and the US National Team at the Monaco Optimis Theis event will be co-sponsored by Team Breakwater and the Lewes Yatch Club.
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This is where we, as sailors start...
The Optimist (“Opti”) is sailed in over 120 countries and it is one of only two yachts approved by the International Sailing Federation exclusively for sailors under 16. Optimists sailors can continue to race them up to the age of 15. Optimists are single handed boats.
The Laser is an International Single Handed performance boat and may be sailed in 3 classes, including the Full Rig, Radial Rig, and 4.7 Rig. The Laser represents the next level in single handed sailing at the Jr. Sailing, High School and Collegiate levels.
The Club 420 is a 2 person dinghy which is the primary boat for High School and Collegiate programs. The C420 offers more learning opportunities than any other double-handed boat. Over 5,000 C420s are sailed in Jr., high school and collegiate programs all over the US
and this is where we, as sailors aspire to evolve...
The 29er is a two-person high performance sailing skiff designed by Julian Bethwaite and first produced in 1998. Derived from the Olympic class 49er class, it is raced in the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship.
The Viper 640 is a two to four person, high-performance sports boat. The Viper makes high-performance sailing available to everyone. The Viper is simple, clean, and comfortable, with no protruding hardware and everything placed for efficiency.
Membership is required for sailors participating in any Team Breakwater clinics, classes, or programs and is included in any standard registration. An Annual Membership is also encouraged for Team Breakwater friends, family and alumni who are interested in supporting Team Breakwater, and taking part in other club activities. These include volunteers, social activities, private sailing lessons, sailing events, and committee membership. Membership includes US Sailing and USODA, if you are a current member of US Sailing discount membership by -$30.00 and if you are a current member of USODA discount membership by -$39.00
Annual Membership: $194.00
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