Molly O’Bryan Vandemoer (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.
Todd Vas Dias
Todd first started teaching sailing in 1998 at the University of Hawaii in FJs and in keel boats. He has been a US Sailing certified Level 2 instructor since 2007. For the past ten years, Todd has taught sailing PE courses in 420s, run the community sailing program, and repaired boats for Stanford University. Whether coaching beginner or advanced sailors, from ages 8 to 86 years, Todd loves to see the joy and thrill people experience as they learn to use the wind to fly swiftly through the water. Todd has extensive racing and cruising experience within Hawaii and in Northern California. In 2019 Todd competed in the Bacardi Cup in Flying Tigers, the J88 North Americans and the Rolex Big Boat Series in SF Bay. He is also an accomplished surfer and is currently excited to be learning how to foil surf.
Chris Huang started sailing with PYSF back in 2005. He has watched as PY changed from a fledgling club into the powerhouse it is today. He sailed for UC Irvine until 2012, and returned to coach at PY following graduation. He is returning after 2 years traveling in Australia, and is very excited to be coaching again. Being out on the water is his all time favourite thing to do, made even better by helping kids have fun and become better sailors.
Hanna grew up sailing out of Encinal Yacht Club. From age 8-18, she sailed Opti’s, Splashes, Laser Radial 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 Newark.
Renee Corpuz-Lahne grew up sailing out of King Harbor YC in southern California. Her sailing career has taken her across the globe starting as a youth sailor to becoming a College National Champion with the University of Hawai’i at Manoa sailing team. She has run multiple youth sailing programs and coached many youth racing teams and high school teams. Renee has been continuing with her love of the sport thru teaching, coaching and most recently finishing up a 7 year commitment to Sausalito Yacht Club as their Youth Sailing Director. She also finds the time to volunteer as the chair of the Bay Area Youth Sailing Board , President of the RS Tera North America fleet, and sits on the Sausalito Sister City Exchange Program Council.
A strong passion for helping kids learn to love boating has lead Renee down the path of entrepreneurship. Thru this new faze of her youth sailing career she will continue to spread her love of the sport and what it has to offer our future sailors and their continued growth in this unique sporting environment.
Katie Love grew up sailing in San Diego, CA in 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.
Katie loves to be on the water and enjoys coaching. She started coaching at a young age at San Diego Yacht Club. When she moved to the Bay Area for college she coached at Encinal Yacht Club and Richmond Yacht Club. Katie was even recruited to coach at the world-famous Woollahra Sailing Club in Sydney, Australia when she lived there. Katie currently holds her US Sailing level 2 certificate.