Instructors and Coaches

Julie Forbes

GREEN FLEET COACH

As a long-time member of the Sarasota Sailing Squadron, Julie Forbes is the newest member of the Sarasota Youth Sailing Green Fleet coaching team. During the week she is the adult sailing instructor for the Sarasota Sailing Squadrons Start Sailing Now program. She started her sailing career as an instructor in 1980 when Sarasota Youth Sailing was in its infancy. Julie comes from a family of sailors. She is originally from NYC and spent summers sailing and racing in the northeast with family and friends. Her career has taken her through 17 years of early childhood education, real estate investing and is a mother of a 20-year-old. During the summers Julie can be found as a white-water raft guide in North Carolina. When not on the water, she practices yoga, bikes, hikes and spends time with friends and family and her little white dog Skipper, the Captain of her heart.

Dylan Heinz

GREEN FLEET AND C420 SAILING COACH

Nick Lovisa

OPTI GREEN FLEET COACH, C420 AND MULTIHULL DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Nick has been sailing for over 10 years, starting right here at SYS. He has competed in Optis, Lasers, 420s and performance catamarans. Sailing has given him many opportunities to compete around the state and country. Along with sailing, he has volunteered and worked as a sailing coach here at SYS for over 6 years prior to graduating Braden River High School in 2017. Along with coaching and attending State College Of Florida, he still competes in the competitive F 18 fleet learning valuable skills along the way.

Julie Forbes

GREEN FLEET SAILING COACH

Donna Hillmyer

GREEN FLEET COACH  

Jordan Byrd

RWB TEAM AND HIGH SCHOOL COACH  

Bryce Tone

RWB TEAM SAILING COACH

Stephan VerHulst

HIGH SCHOOL SAILING AND C420

Nick Powers

O’PEN SKIFF/BIC COACH

Nick has been a sailor at SYS for over eight years. He began sailing Optis, competing in the green fleet and RWB race teams. He then moved on to 420s where he competed on both the club and high school teams. Currently Nick is racing for Sarasota High School’s varsity sailing team. Nick has been coaching and volunteering at SYS for five years, and has coached the Bic classes several times. Additionally, he competed in Bic North Americans for two consecutive years. Along with sailing, he is a student at Sarasota High, where he is part of the AICE, MaST, and AP Capstone programs. Nick also runs for the Sarasota High track team. Nick has traveled across the nation competing in regattas in various different fleets and he aims to pass on the knowledge he has gained from his experiences to his students. He hopes to teach each student to the best of his abilities while still making practice fun and engaging every week.

Brett Davis

LASER HEAD COACH

Robbie Daniels

MH TEAM AND COACH ADVISOR