2017 Acorns

Liz Koobalatian
2017 Inshore Acorn
Liz is from Madison, Connecticut. She started sailing when she was 8 with lessons at the Yale Corinthian Yacht Club in Optis and 420’s. Over the course of a few years she progressed to the race team. In High School, Read More
Olivia Williams
2017 Inshore Acorn
Olivia Williams is a 17- year old from Locust Valley, New York. She began sailing Opti’s at the age of five at the Cold Spring Harbor Beach Club. More recently, as a part of the Oakcliff inshore Acorn program, she Read More
Jackson Connell
2017 Inshore Acorn
Jackson is an 18-year old sailor from Wayzata, Minnesota. He sailed for 9 years with the local Community Sailing Center and the Wayzata High School team sailing Optis, Lasers, and 420s. Last year, as an A-team skipper, he placed 3rd Read More
Tommy DeRose
2017 Inshore & High Performance Acorn
Thomas grew up sailing on his Dad’s 50-foot Beneteau where he developed a love for sailing and learned the basics of boating. When he started attending the Stony Brook School in the fall of 2013, he joined the sailing team Read More
Lilah Donnelly
2017 Inshore Acorn
Lilah grew up in Bayville, New York and started sailing Opti’s in elementary school. She now sails 420’s in Oyster Bay for the composite WaterFront Center high school team. For the past three summers in a row, she has gone Read More
Madeleine Montagner
2017 Offshore Acorn
Madeleine Montagner lives in Boston, Massachusetts and she is going into her senior year of high school. She began sailing when she was seven at her local club in Kennebunk, Maine, where she raced Optis and 420s. Currently, Madeleine sails Read More
Justin Zmina
2017 Offshore Acorn
Justin Zmina is a 16 year old sailor born and raised in Southern California. He started sailing on a J/80 and a Farr 40 when he was ten but didn’t start racing till his freshman year of high school. Justin Read More
Cade Morris
2017 Offshore Acorn
Cade Morris hails from the Palos Verdes Peninsula, California. He is the captain of the Rolling Hills Prep high school varsity sailing team, and has competed in national regattas, the junior Olympics and several Pacific Coast Championship series. He started Read More
Sirine Benali
2017 Offshore Acorn
Originally born in Paris, France, Sirine moved to the United States when she was three years old. She now resides in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA and loves living close to the ocean so it was only natural that she started sailing. She Read More
Harry Prager
2017 Offshore Acorn
Harry Prager started sailing JY 15’s and Optis at his local sailing center. He sailed there for four summers before moving to Vermont where he wasn’t able to sail much, but he soon learned about the Volvo Ocean Race and Read More
Leah Gunn
2017 Offshore Acorn
Leah was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. She learned to sail in the Nyack Boat Club’s junior sailing program at the age of seven. She trained there for five years in Optis and three years in 420’s. She Read More
Michael Turon
2017 High Performance Acorn
Michael grew up sailing Lasers and Hobie Cats on Huntington Lake, California at the age of 10. In his early thirties he became an active OneDesign racer (J24, Colgate 24, Melges 24, & J/105). Over the last three years, he Read More
Cooper Soderland
2017 High Performance Acorn
Cooper started his sailing career at Pequot Yacht Club racing pixels. He then moved on to 420’s, keelboats, and even started coaching Optis. He is now the captain of his high school sailing team, which was ranked 2nd in New Read More
Bryce Winter
2017 High Performance Acorn
Bryce grew up on Long Island sailing on his family’s boat and developed a love of the sea. As the years progressed, Bryce began racing dinghies and then became involved in keelboat racing. Now, Bryce has moved on to high-performance Read More
Reilly Hearne
2017 High Performance Acorn
Reilly Hearne started sailing 420s when he was 6 years old in Seattle, WA. He has continued to sail for 11 years in Vanguard 15s, Lasers, Optis, FJs, and J105s.. He skippers for Nathan Hale High School season and is Read More
Josh Zeelander
2017 High Performance Acorn
Josh Zeelander started sailing Optis at age 7. He competed in the National Opti Circuit until the age of 12 when he started crewing on C420’s. After a year of that he hopped in an i420 and managed to qualify Read More