Instructors & Coaches

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Mallory Buechler

Executive Director

Mallory Buechler is came from Annapolis Yacht Club, where she worked as the Waterfront Administrator and sailing coach for the past two years.  Mallory grew up sailing in Pensacola, FL and competed nationally in Optimists, Lasers and C420s.  She previously worked in the Tampa Bay area at the Davis Island Youth Sailing Foundation, coaching high school sailing and C420s, and as a sailmaker for Doyle Sails.  Mallory is really looking forward to spreading the love and enthusiasm of sailing to the community of Sarasota.

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Jim Zellmer

Head Multihull Coach and Head Laser Coach
Jim was born is Southern California where his father inspired him to a life long passion for competitive sailing.  He spent his formative years as crew/helmsman aboard many offshore multihulls and racing sloops, successfully competing in and winning many long distance, IOR, Midwinters and regional events. A successful career in carpentry and fine woodworking including boat building, interior yacht design and construction led to a focus on the art of sailing in both a technical and aesthetic sense.
In the spirit of passing along a rich tradition of a sport that requires self discipline and commitment, Jim has progressed and devoted himself to teaching young sailors the tools they need for success and self evaluation in the analysis of what the sport means to them in their current and future lives. It is Jim’s hope that whether this experience leads to recreational or professional activity that it will be a meaningful and permanent addition to the lives of his students.
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Dalton Tebo

Head Club 420 Coach and High School Sailing Coach

A native to Sarasota, Dalton Tebo began sailing an Opti at the age of 10. His immediate love for the sport moved him quickly to the Laser and 420 fleets at the age of 12. Early in his career of sailing, he won the US Triple Handed Championship for the Sears Cup, sailed in a Lightning. While enjoying the dinghy sailing, he jumped on as many keel boats as he could and quickly became a crew member in demand.

Now Multihulls have become his boat of choice due to the competitive F18 Fleet, demanding knowledge of the class, physical ability and speed.

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Nick Lovisa

Opti Green Fleet Coach

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.

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Anderson Brunsvold

Opti Green Fleet Coach

Anderson has been sailing for longer than I can remember. It all started about ten years ago when I took the pram camp in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. I spent most of my childhood on the great lakes sailing in small regattas with just a few boats. Five years ago, my family moved down to Florida to escape the year round cold. I found myself wanting to look further into the racing teams, so I joined 420s. Now five years later, I find myself as an accomplished high-performance multihull sailor and coaching the next generation of great sailors.  Currently, I am attending Riverview High School as a senior in the IB program. Therefore I am always busy trying to catch up on school work and also sail. Next year I am looking forward to going to college in some area of engineering.

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Will Stocke

High School Sailing Coach

Will Stocke grew up sailing right here at SYS.  He was an active member on the Sarasota High School sailing team.  Will attended the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg and helped the sailing team to many top finishes and Nationals appearances.  Will has coached our High School teams in the past and we are happy to have him back this season!