PYSF | Coaches

Molly O'Bryan Vandemoer

Molly O’Bryan Vandemoer: Executive Director

Mollly is a 2012 Olympian who competed in the Match Racing discipline with teammates Anna Tunnicliffe and Debbie Capozzi. After graduating from the University of Hawaii, she coached at Severn Sailing Association, Annapolis Yacht Club and the US Naval Academy in Maryland. She is the current President and Clinic Director of CISA (California International Sailing Assoc). Her sailing honors include Match Racing World Champion (2011), Snipe Women’s World Champion (2011), US Sailing Team Member (2003-2015), College National Champion (2001), All-American Team (2000-2002), High School National Champion (1996).

Molly grew up sailing with her family in San Diego, CA. She began sailing in Sabots, moving on to both skippering and crewing in High School (USDHS), College (UH), Laser II’s, 470’s, Match Racing and most recently in the 49er FX. She and her husband John have two kids (Nicholas and Nora) and reside in Half Moon Bay. She loves being able to see kids learn the life-long sport of sailing and progress in their racing ability.

Hanna Miller

Hanna Miller: Beginner Program Lead

Hanna grew up sailing out of Encinal Yacht Club. From age 8-18, she sailed Opti’s, Splashes, Laser Radials and Full rigs. She sailed for her high school, Newark Memorial and went on to compete for her college, Cal State Monterey Bay. She worked at Stanford summer sailing for four years and was the director for two. After working at Stanford she spent a summer at the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club as their summer sailing director. Hanna is a Kinesiology major and resides in Fremont.

Juan Pablo Del Solar Goldsmith: Race Program Lead

Juan Pablo (JP) Del Solar Goldsmith is an International Professional Sailing Coach with advanced-level experience including Olympic events. Originally from Chile and currently based in Holland, Michigan, he specializes in sailing instruction for youths, teens and adults in the following sailboats: Optimist, Openskiif, Laser, Laser Radial, 420, 29er Skiff, 49er Skiff, Lightning, VXOne, Star, Etchells, Melges 15, Melges 20, foiling boats, Skeeta, Nikki and big boats.  He runs Loroloco Sailing The Adventure as well. He brings a wealth of racing and coaching experience to the program. His love of sailing and the sport’s ability to impact your life in a positive way are integral to his coaching style.

Will Glasson: High School Program Lead

Will is from Palo Alto and grew up sailing out of PYSF and St. Francis Yacht Club. He started in Optis before moving into FJs, 420s, and 29ers, where he skippered and crewed at a high level. Since graduating high school, Will has become an accomplished match racer. He won the US Youth Match Racing Championship in 2022 as a bowman and has competed in two Governor’s Cups. Outside of sailing, he is an avid backpacker and skier and is learning to wing foil. 

Will Paulsen: Intermediate Program Lead

I got hooked onto competitive sailing when I joined the Stuart Hall High School sailing team out of the StFYC. During my time on the team, I was able to discover the variety of different boats out there from the C420 to J22s. On top of that, I was able to travel all over from Los Angeles to Cork, Canada. After high school, I joined the University of Southern California sailing team and was able to enjoy every aspect of college sailing. While on summer break I coached for the StFYC on the city front and up at Tinsley Island. I am currently now sailing on a J105, Melges 32, and many other big boats.

John Vandemoer: Coach

John Vandemoer grew up surrounded by water on Cape Cod, MA.  He started sailing around 6 years old at the Hyannis Yacht Club, at HYC John started in Beetle Cats and eventually moved on to c420’s, i420’s and Laser 2’s.  John fell in love with the sport eventually competing in High School sailing and then in College.  John received a BS in Geology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York.  After College John started his coaching career at the Chicago Yacht Club where he was the Head Coach and eventually the program Director.  At Chicago Yacht Club his sailors won the Ida Lewis Trophy and the Orange Bowl regattas in the c420 class.  John started his college coaching career where he was the assistant coach at St. Mary’s College in MD, from there John was named the assistant coach at the US Naval Academy and eventually promoted to Head Coach.  While at St. Mary’s and Navy John coached many All-Americans and his team moved to the national finals every year.  In the Fall of 2008 John then became the Stanford University Head Coach, while at Stanford the team won the conference championship every year and won the national semifinals.  The Stanford team finished 2nd twice and 3rd twice for the Fowle Trophy as the best overall college sailing team.  Stanford under John’s leadership won the singlehanded national championship and finished 3rd twice at the team race national championships. The Stanford team had over 15 All Americans and 20 Academic All Americans while he was at Stanford. John had 3 players compete in the Olympics for Team USA in the 49erFX and Windsurfing in RIO 2016 and in the Finn Class in Tokyo 2021.  John has coached the PYSF opti program and now coaches the c420 race team at PYSF.  Besides coaching John is an engineer for Water Solutions INC and the CA sales representative for Zim Sailing. He currently lives in Half Moon Bay CA with his two kids, Nicholas and Nora, and his wife Molly Vandemoer.

Briana Provancha: Coach

Bri grew up in San Diego and started sailing at the age of eight. She attended Point Loma High School and by the age of 16 she had been in several international competitions. She won the ICSA Coed Dinghy National Championship in 2010 with the Boston College sailing team. Bri and her skipper, Annie Haeger, qualified for a position on the US Sailing team to represent the United Sates at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. In 2019 she was elected and became the Sailor Athlete Director on the board of US Sailing. Bri also has a dog named Bayler who loves being on the water. Bri and Bayler currently live in San Francisco.

Judge Ryan: Coach

Judge Ryan grew up sailing at the San Diego Yacht Club competing in 420s, FJs, 29ers, Lasers, and many other boats. He went on to sail at Brown University, after graduation he switched his sights to the Olympic class 49er. He campaigned for the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games narrowly missing selection for the Olympics in 2016. Outside of his day job Judge spends his time wing foiling, skiing, sailing on multiple big boat campaigns, and coaching youth sailing. Judge is also an athlete representative on US Sailing’s Board of Directors helping to create transparency around the governance of the sport of sailing.

Katie Love: Administrative Assistant

Katie Love grew up sailing in San Diego sailing sabots, laser, FJ’s, 420’s, and 29ers. Katie started sailing 470’s at thirteen years old and was able to travel the world and compete in many world championships in the Olympic class. She raced competitively in high school and college. She attended the California Maritime Academy and raced FJ’s, as well as keelboats. After college she worked her way up through the ranks of the maritime world and become a tug-boat Captain in various ports nationally and internationally. Katie has always had the need for speed and became very involved in many skiff fleets. Katie has been I-14 Women’s National Champion four times, Australian Women’s I-14 National Champion, and top American at I-14 Worlds in Perth, Australia. Katie has also competed in the Australian 18 Foot Skiff fleet in Australia, San Francisco, and Italy. Katie was the first female to get a top ten finish at the JJ Giltinan 18 Foot Skiff World Championship, compete with an all female team, and first American to compete in an 18 Foot Skiff Season in Australia. Katie is currently spending her time sailing the Moth.