Alpha 1 – Day 1 & Meet Our Staff

Posted Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Alpha 1 Trip Update Day 1 

Today was a busy day for the Alpha staff as we finished preparations for our students’ arrival! We spent the morning at Village Cay (where our boats are docked) cleaning and filling our new homes with plenty of fresh food for the next few days.  By this evening all our students will have arrived, and we’ll enjoy a traditional start-of-program dinner of chicken, rice, and coleslaw, and have our first boat meeting before de-docking tomorrow!

Elise Anderson, Program Director

This is my third summer at Sail Caribbean; I love it here!  In the last two years I’ve been a Mate on Alpha, a Captain on Foxtrot, and the Office Manager.  One of my favorite parts about working at Sail Caribbean is being part of an amazing, hard working staff team who pour themselves into something bigger than themselves.  This year I am a senior at Prescott College in Arizona majoring in Human Development and Adventure Education.  In addition to teaching sailing I also have spent time teaching rock climbing and backpacking skills to high school and college age students.  After I graduate this December my dream is to work on a tall ship.  I plan to continue my education and career teaching in the outdoors because of the incredible growth I see in students and staff alike.  I am excited for another fantastic summer at Sail Caribbean, and I look forward to many more!

Ali Overing, Captain, Marine Biology

This will be my second summer at Sail Caribbean. Last summer I was a mate on the Bravo programs. I am currently a music and religion major at Bard College. The only formal sailing training that I’ve had has been when I raced 420s in high school, but I’ve grown up sailing around the BVI. I’ve been a sailing instructor at the Mustique watersports center in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. I used to run a part-time kids activity and sailing camp on Necker Island. I love to think that by working at Sail Caribbean, I’m helping kids open up new doors and new possibilities that they may have never discovered otherwise. I absolutely love sailing, I feel like it shapes my existence and a lot of my personality and I hope that the experience of Sail Caribbean can be exciting and encouraging for kids to try their hand at new passions. In my spare time I enjoy singing and songwriting. I love to windsurf and swim and do anything that keeps me outside. Something funny you should know about me… I like to sing in a sound choir where we make alien noises

Katelynn Yonce, Captain, Marine Biology

This will be my third summer at Sail Caribbean. I graduated this year from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a degree in Public Policy Law and minors in Environmental Studies and Political Science, and was on the varsity sailing team for Hobart and William Smith for three years. I have worked as a sailing race team coach in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and as a camp counselor teaching sailing at an all girls camp in Maine. I love the experience of working with teens aboard the boat.  It makes everything worth it when everything clicks, the crew on board has a firm grasp on the sailing side, and gotten to a point where they are working together as a team. I also enjoy being able to share my love of sailing with others, and be able to teach in such a beautiful environment. In my spare time, I love skiing, sailing, reading, running and waterskiing. Something funny you should know about me… I sleep talk, A LOT.

Mark Missirlian, Mate, Medical Officer

I am currently studying International Business at George Washington University in Washington, DC. I started sailing when I was 7, when I went to a summer camp in Connecticut. From that moment, I knew this was my passion. I have sailed on a variety of boats, from tiny Lasers to giant monohulls and even a trimaran that was used to sail around the world, twice! I started scuba diving when I was 10 years old and fell in love as soon as I took my first breath through the regulator. I am now a Master Scuba Diver with PADI and hold a variety of certifications from Rescue Diver to Search and Recovery to Nitrox. After attending Sail Caribbean as a teen for three summers, I went on to earn my Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician certification from NOLS, in Wyoming, while also becoming a Leave No Trace instructor. I had previously worked as the Director of Kayaking and EMT for a summer camp on Long Island, NY, as well as a volunteer instructor for a sailing school in Washington, DC.  Currently, I work for the ambulance service at George Washington University. I first attended Sail Caribbean in 2007 on the Charlie Program and everyone on the boat quickly became a giant family. I loved every moment of that trip, and I made friends that I will keep for a lifetime. After my third summer on the Charlie Program, I took off to get more experience so I could come back and work for the Sail Caribbean family.  From a very young age I have had a desire for the sea; both above and below the surface. I love sailing, scuba diving, cooking, photography, and helping others when working on an ambulance. Something funny you should know about me … I have a slight obsession with Gordon Ramsay and I can only wear toe socks.

“Kodak” Cait McGinnis, Mate, Provisions Manager

I am currently a senior attending Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona. I am double majoring in Experiential Education and Adventure Education! I am interning in the Mate position this year at Sail Caribbean. I first sailed in British Columbia with NOLS. I have a lot of experience working with students of all ages. I have completed two years of AmeriCorp training in Wyoming. During that time, I worked at a YMCA day and resident camp as well as several other programs around the YMCA including youth sports. I have also designed and implemented two leadership programs for teens and college-aged students. I am excited to work for Sail Caribbean this summer to learn more about sailing, explore a new environment and to meet fabulous people! Besides, who can turn down a summer in the Caribbean?? I like to go on a lot of adventures. I am always bouncing from place to place rock climbing, backpacking, sea kayaking and just plain exploring. And I take pictures of everything as I go, earning me the nickname of ‘Kodak’! Something funny you should know about me is that I am slightly obsessed with the color green. It is the color of my car and my backpack and currently the color of the nail polish on my toes!!

Scott Barnhill, Mate, Photo Mate

I have just finished my sophomore year attending the Villanova School of Engineering working toward a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I have a strong interest in the aerospace field.
I am the Captain of the Villanova University Sailing Team and am an avid offshore/inshore keelboat and dingy racer.I became a PADI Open Water diver at the age of 11 and am currently a PADI Divemaster with over 16 specialty certifications. This will be my first summer working as a staff member with Sail Caribbean. My community service has centered around coaching sailing and promoting innovative thinking among kids. My support of youth entrepreneurship was a result of receiving a US patent at the age of 12 for putting multiple magnetic strips on credit cards. This led me to become involved with a company called By Kids for Kids whose mission is to promote inventiveness in kids at an early age. Ever since my first day with Sail Caribbean as a Delta camper, I always wanted to be a SC staff member. The captains and mates I grew to know over my years as a camper were such great mentors and role models to me, and I hope to pass those values on to my students. Teaching with the ocean as your classroom is an opportunity few people get to experience and I can’t wait to get my feet wet! In between sailing and class work I love traveling and exploring the outdoors as a passionate rock climber, hiker, skier and freelance photographer/videographer. Something funny you should know about me… I’m part monkey; I love to climb pretty much anything. (Trees, masts, rocks, ropes)



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