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 travisc Travis Carlisle: Junior Sailing Director
When he was thirteen years old, Travis learned how to sail on a Hunter 15 and a Hobie 18 at the Surf Club in Madison, Connecticut. He then moved on to a different club, Pettipaug Yacht Club, and began sailing c420s. He sailed in multiple qualifying events for Bemis.  Once he became a sophomore in high school at Daniel Hand High School, he became the B division skipper and helped bring the program to life.  Travis qualified for states and qualified for team race nationals.  He then went on to Old Dominion University for 2 years and sailed A division there for his whole freshman year.  Sophomore year was a much more consistent year with top 5 finishes at every regatta he sailed. He then went to Rhode Island and hopped onto an 83 foot sailing yacht and sailed to the Caribbean. After 4 months on that boat Travis got a job on another sailing yacht called Wild Horses and sailed for 3 more months on that boat.  He participated in the Lora Piana Super Yacht Regatta, the Bucket Regatta, and Antigua Classics.  Afterwards, he moved to Oyster Bay, New York and sailed at Oakcliff Sailing Center.  Travis sailed a Farr 40 in the Newport Bermuda Race, he got involved in high level Match Racing and sailing the Olympic class boats such as the 470, Nacra 17, 49er, and 49er FX.  He still competes in team racing with regattas like Team Race Midwinters at Eckerd College, the Free State Team Race, Hinman, Norfolk Team Race, and the Olivia Team Race.

 Summer Staff

   Nic Salvesen: Adventure Coach

Nick is a Senior at Annapolis High School. Sailing all four years in high school, he is now the team captain of the Annapolis High School Sailing team and the B-Division varsity Skipper. Nick began sailing optis and continued to C420s and J boats.  His big achievements in sailing include winning CBYRA high point, High School Keelboat Nationals and placing 2nd at the High School Atlantic Coast Championship. Nick looks forward to working at SSA this summer and teaching the up and coming group of sailors.

  Ryan Callahan:

Ryan Callahan grew up sailing at Sturgeon Lake Sailing Club in Sturgeon Point, Ontario where he raced 420s. He has continued sailing ever since, coaching a variety of different age groups in Optis, 420s, and larger boats. He has coached at Corinthian Yacht Club (Philadelphia), Tarratine Club (Islesboro, Maine), Castine Yacht Club (Castine, Maine), and Pleon Yacht Club (Marblehead, Massachusetts). After graduating from Emory University in 2015, he became a high school math teacher. He currently teaches Calculus and Statistics and coaches track and cross-country at Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland. Ryan is originally from Philadelphia but currently resides in Washington, DC. 

jake  Jake Vickers:
Jake Vickers is currently a senior this year at Archbishop Spalding High School and has grown up in the Annapolis area. He has been sailing locally and nationally since the age of 10, with extensive experience in optis, lasers, 420s, and J70s, as he pretty much loves to sail any boat competitively. He is also an avid kiteboarder in his spare time and enjoys any time on the Chesapeake Bay that he can get: in a sail boat, power boat, or even on a foilboard. Jake has always enjoyed his time sailing at SSA and AYC in the past, as well as his time sailing for the Spalding high school team for the past four years. He is extremely excited to be joining the SSA summer coaching staff and looks forward to teaching younger kids to cherish sailing as much as he does.
   Katherine Bennett:

Katherine grew up racing in Annapolis and on Deep Creek Lake.  She started in Optis then moved to Lasers and now Flying Scots, C420’s and Snipes. Katherine interned at the Deep Creek Sailing School and taught at Severn Sailing Association. She is a senior at Broadneck High School and starting skipper on their varsity sailing team. Having completed three successful summer C420 travel circuits, and top 10 finishes in the Snipe Women’s Nationals, Snipe Junior Atlantics and the 420 Chesapeake Regional Clinic and Regatta. She has a passion for coaching and teaching and can’t wait to start working with juniors as SSA.

SSA Racing

Most weekends--and many weeknights--around the year, there's some sort of one-design racing happening out of Severn Sailing Association. Check out the calendar to see what's going on these days!

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.