Instructors & Coaches


Alana O’Reilly

Executive Director

Alana joined the Sarasota Youth Sailing Program in July 2014 as our Executive Director. Most recently she was the Annapolis Yacht Club Junior Program Coordinator. Prior to that, she was the Assistant Coach of the Georgetown University Varsity Sailing Team.

Alana graduated from the College of Charleston in 2006. She was named to the Inter-Collegiate All America team in 2005 and 2006, won the Madeleine Trophy for A-division low point skipper at the 2006 College Nationals, and was named the Quantum Female College Sailor of the Year. Alana conducted an Olympic campaign in 2011-2012 and finished second in the Olympic Trials as well as third in the Woman’s Match Racing World Championship.


Adam Harris

Head Opti RWB Coach

Adam Harris graduated from Florida Institute of Technology in 2012 with his Bachelor’s Degree in Ocean Engineering.  Prior to entering college, Adam sailed for St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale.  During his time at FIT, Adam was an avid leader of the sailing team and yet again, acted as team captain.  Adam has a passion for the ocean and that shows with his dedication in his professional career as a Coastal Engineer for the past 5 years in the heavy marine construction industry. Adam started sailing out of Lauderdale Yacht Club when he was 8 years, prevailing in various junior olympic and national events, which then lead to a part time coaching position up until recently relocating to Sarasota, FL.  Adam has raced and coached at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron venue many times in the past, and is excited for the opportunities that SSS has to offer!


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.

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.


Jordan Byrd

Head Opti Green Coach

Jordan has been with SYS for five years and competed in Opti’s, Lasers, 420’s, and keelboats. He was also a part of Sarasota Military Academy’s High School Sailing Team. Sailing is his passion and it’s given him the opportunity to travel and coach all over the world. It’s his goal to pass on his love for the sport to all the sailors he teaches. Aside from coaching, he’s also currently enrolled at the State College of Florida.