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Megan Place: Junior Program Director

Megan grew up in Fort Lauderdale, FL and started sailing when she was 14 years old in Optimists for Lauderdale Yacht Club then quickly moved up to 420s and Fjs since she was going into high school. Megan sailed for St. Thomas Aquinas High School all four years and went to ISSA Great Oaks twice and ISSA Baker Team Racing National Championship once during her four years. She was captain of her sailing team her senior year and co captain her junior year. Along with the high school sailing, Megan sailed club 420s and Lasers and traveled to regattas such as Orange Bowl and US Junior Women’s Ida Lewis Double Handed Championship. Also, in 2007 she started sailing Snipes with Ernesto Rodriguez from Miami, FL and they competed in many regattas including, US Snipe Nationals three times, with a first place, second place, and fourth place, won Atlantic Coast Championship as well as receiving 4th at the Pacific Coast Championship, and Snipe Worlds 2009, which they finished strong in third place and the top US boat. She has also traveled to Spain with Ernesto for the Spain Snipe Nationals to represent the US in 2010 and 2012. Megan has also sailed Etchells, participating in several Jaguar Series and her team made it to the 2008 Etchell Worlds. In addition, she has sailed 2010 Key West Race Week on a Melges 32, and has spent some time in J105s and J80s. Megan graduated from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island in 2014 with a major in Visual Arts and a minor in Professional and Public Writing. Recently, Megan and Andrew Pimental placed third in the Master division at the 2016 Snipe Master Worlds in Nassau, Bahamas.

You can reach Megan at: sailing@severnsailing.org 
Lydia Mcpherson-Shambarger: Head Coach
Lydia has lived in Annapolis all her life, and learned to sail competitively at SSA. She went through the SSA junior sailing program and sailed for the Broadneck High School Varsity Sailing team. Broadneck High School competed in nationals two years in a row with Lydia was on the team. She now attends St. Mary's college of Maryland, and sails for their nationally ranked, varsity sailing team. Lydia is a public policy and environmental science double major. She enjoys frostbite sailing in the winter on J22s and placed 5th at the Snipe Junior Nationals this past summer. In the past, Lydia coached at sailing at Gibson Island and served as the advanced 420 coach at Cape sailing. She is very happy to be joining the SSA team this summer.
Carl Evans: 420 Travel Team Coach
Carl Evans is from Auckland, New Zealand. He competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where is placed 11th in the highly competitive 470 class. He was the youngest sailor to ever represent New Zealand at an Olympic Games. He is also a 2 x 420 World Champion. Throughout his Olympic campaign, he competed at multiple, high level international regattas. He 2007 he placed 6th at the Europeans in Greece. In 2008, he had a string of top performances at all the major international regattas. This included:  11th Europeans (Lake Garda), 11th Worlds (Australia), 2nd Spring Cup (France) and 3rd Hyres World Cup (France). 
He also sailed the typical youth classes in New Zealand - Optimist, P-Class and Starling. In the Optimist, he placed 14th in the 2003 North Americans (Mexico) and competed in two Worlds, placing 14th in 2005 (Switzerland) and 3rd in Teams Sailing. In the P-Class, he won both the Tanner and Taraunga Cup, just like other top New Zealand sailors as Dean Barker have done. In the 420, he won the New Zealand Nationals and won two World (2006 - Spain and 2007 NZ). In the 420, he also won the Junior Europeans in Portugal.
He coached multiple yacht clubs throughout New Zealand, including Kohimarama Yacht Club which is one of New Zealand's top junior sailing clubs. He has also coached at a range single and double handed clinics. He has a Diploma in engineering and now completing a building apprenticeship. 
  Conner Blouin: Laser Travel Team Coach
Conner is currently the assistant varsity sailing coach at St Marys. Conner has also served as the head sailing coach at his alma mater, Washington College and as a high school coach in both Rhode Island and Florida. He was twice named an Honorable Mention All-American and was selected first team Academic All-American. In 2015, he represented Team USA sailing the Sunfish class in Toronto at the Pan Am Games. He has had a number of top finishes at the Cork Olympic Classes Regatta, including a 2nd in 2014 and 3rd in 2011 in the Laser Radial class.
  Sam MacKay: Head Optimist Coach
Sam is from Napier, on the east coast of New Zealand. Sam has a wealth of sailing and coaching experience. He has a Bachelor of Commerce at the Victoria University of Wellington, majoring in Accounting and Commercial Law. He has an impressive sailing resume, which includes top 3 placings at the NZ Nationals in each of the Optimist, P Class, 420 and Starling classes. He was a member of the Nations Cup winning NZ team at the 2007 Optimist Worlds and placed in the top 20 in the 2008 Optimist Worlds. Sam is also an accomplished Match Racer, winning the NZ Youth Match Racing Nationals in 2014.
Sam has been coaching since 2009 – he is certified Yachting New Zealand Race and Regatta coach. As Head Coach at Worser Bay Boating Club from 2012 to 2015, Sam designed the program that saw the club achieve its best ever NZ Nationals result in 2015, including the National Champion. He coached the Opti Race Team at Pleon Yacht Club near Boston for the past 2 US summers. Currently, he is the VIODA (Victorian International Optimist Dingy Association) Head Coach. This is a large program ran out of Melbourne involving a membership base of over 200 hundred athletes. It involves Sam coaching sailors at the local, regional events and the Australian Nationals. As well as designing/planning the coaching program, engaging and employing coaches and organizing logistics at events. Sam has also coached at Napier Yacht Club for three years, Sandringham Yacht Club and a range of national clinics.
Emma Stenhouse: 420 Chessie Coach 
Emma is from Christchurch, New Zealand. She has competed in two 420 Ladies Worlds - in 2015 (Germany) and in 2014 (NZ). In 2015, she placed 3rd overall and 1st Female at the 420 National Championships and won the 420 North Island Championships. She has also competed in the 2014 French National Championships, finishing 1st International Female. Emma is also an accomplished match racer, finishing 5th at the U23 Centerport Match Racing Regatta and competing at Harken Match Racing in Sydney.  She has coached a range of single and double handed classes at Worser Bay Boating Club, Paremata Yacht Club and Naval Point Club Lyttelton. 
JD Parks: Adventure Sailing Coach 
JD grew up sailing Annapolis. He raced 420s for both SSA’s junior program and South River High School varsity team. During his time racing 420s, he and his skipper won CBYRA high point. He is currently a senior at James Madison University. This summer will be his fifth summer coaching here at SSA and is very excited to be back this summer.
Austin Smith: Adventure Sailing Coach
Austin is a freshman at Connecticut College and is a crew on the nationally ranked sailing team. He competitively sails at the collegiate level in FJ's, z420's, c420's, J70's, Colgate 26's and Fireflies. He attended Severn High School, where as a crew helped his team to compete highly at the local and the national level. This will be Austin's second summer working at SSA and he's very excited to see what this summer has to hold!
Christian Filter: Opti RWB Sailing Coach
Christian Filter is a freshman at Bowdoin College and is a standout skipper on the Polar Bears' top-ranked sailing team. He attended the Key School where he played a large role on the sailing team, helping them qualify for Nationals two years in a row. He has experience racing nationally and internationally in all kinds of dinghies, such as optimists, lasers, 420's, and snipes. In 2015, he represented the USA at the Snipe Junior World Championships and placed 14th, and won the US Snipe Junior Nationals in the summer of 2016. He coached the SSA Opti Race Team last summer and is very excited to be back.
  Phil Schofield: Harbor Rookies, Optimist Beginner and Intermediate
Phil was a Harbor Rookie when he first started sailing at SSA during the summer.  Over the past six years, he has been a skippered on SSA’s Optimist, Laser, and 420 teams during the summer and for Broadneck High School during the spring and fall.  He qualified and participated in the 2011 Optimist Team Trials. In 2016, he competed in the High School Singlehanded Nationals and won the J-80 High School Regatta as the skipper of his Broadneck team. He also won the 2016 SSA Sandy MacVicker regatta in the c420 regatta and competed on the New England c420 circuit with a number of impressive results. He enjoys sailing a variety of boats including FJs, Stars, J-22s, Alberg 30s, Snipes, and Solings.  Phil always brings a lighthearted and fun spirit to the racecourse and can’t wait to coach Optis at SSA this summer.
  Kate Selley: Optimist Beginner and Intermediate
Kate Selley has grown up in Annapolis, and spent the past seven years sailing and racing. She spent eight seasons on the Broadneck High School varsity sailing team, and sailed at Baker Nationals in 2012 and 2013, along with Mallory Nationals in 2013. She raced for SSA over the summer in 2013 and 2014. She raced for AYC during the summer of 2015. On both teams, she competed in many national and international events. Last summer, she coached the Opti Race team at Gibson Island Yacht Squadron. She is a rising sophomore at Cornell University and actively participates on the school's sailing team.

Stephanie Houck: Harbor Rookies, Optimist Beginner and Optimist Green
Stephanie Houck is a senior at Severn School. She is a lifelong sailor and has experience in several different boats including Optis, the Club 420, and the 29er. Since her freshman year at Severn, she has been a part of the sailing team as both a skipper and a crew. In the summer of 2015, she won both the U.S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship in Columbia, SC and the Club 420 Nationals in Newport, RI. This coming fall, Stephanie will be attending Stanford University as a freshman on the sailing team. This will be her first time coaching at SSA and she's excited for an awesome summer!
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SSA Junior Program

SSA runs a year-round program to develop skills and a lifelong love of sailing in our younger sailors. A summer program and fall and spring high school sailing programs are just the tip of the iceberg.