Oakcliff Sailing Staff

2022RileyDawn

As CEO and captain of America True, Dawn Riley was the first woman to manage an America’s Cup sailing team. She has raced on four America’s Cup and two Whitbread (now The Ocean Race) teams. She is the former president of the Woman’s Sports Foundation, served on the board of US Sailing, and is an advisor to several public service organizations.

Dawn Riley

Executive Director
2022JohnsonEthan

Ethan began racing at high school in Southern Maryland, gained skills quickly & began coaching the school's team, expanding STEM programs and racing keel-boats. Determined to follow his dream to race around the world, he left everything behind to train at Oakcliff. Arriving in 2015, Ethan has skippered & navigated successful offshore races, while cross training in Match Racing & Foiling Cats. Onshore, Ethan enjoys backpacking, photography, and fishing. Currently he is pursuing shorthanded racing and his love for fitness.

Ethan Johnson

Training Program Director
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Job opening - sail on fast boats, manage an energetic team, be the guiding force on building American Leaders through sailing. Email race@oakcliffsailing.org for more information.

OPEN POSITION

Shore Manager
2022ShilesTabor

Tabor grew up near Philadelphia, spending summers sailing Sunfish, Lasers, & 420s on the Jersey Shore. She earned a degree in printmaking & textiles at SCAD and spent 7 years in Chicago with her own practice, teaching surface design and textile. After living for a year on Beneteau First 29, she decided that she wanted to further immerse herself in the sailing world. She came to Oakcliff and quickly transitioned from sewing textiles to sewing sails. As Sail Loft Manager, she can repair and resize nearly every sail, including some of Marlow’s toys.

Tabor Shiles

Sail Loft Manager
2022NijjarJasmine

Jasmine grew up sailing at Piers Park near Boston. She picked up sailing quickly, and went on to get a 50 Ton Inland Masters Captains License. She earned an Environmental Studies degree from Suffolk University before arriving at Oakcliff. Jasmine came as a Winter Sapling to learn the shop-side of sailing. Being so handy in the shop, Jasmine was quickly hired as the Match 40 Fleet Captain, keeping the 8 boats that are critical for 40% of the Match Racing in the US in pristine condition. She also recruited Marlow to the team.

Jasmine Nijjar

Match 40 Fleet Captain
2022MorenoDavid

David grew up sailing keelboats with Jasmine at Piers Park Sailing Center in Boston Massachusetts. His sailing background may not be extensive, but he came to Oakcliff with a willingness to learn anything and everything about the industry. David has become essential to the shop, playing a major role in all repairs and boat-work that needs to be done.

David Moreno

Assistant Shore Manager
Anna

Anna grew up in northern New Jersey doing competitive gymnastics. She started sailing in highschool and first came to Oakcliff during the fall of 2020 for High Performance High School. Since being at Oakcliff, she has sailed on boats ranging from the 49er FX to the Melges, WASZP, and OC86. In the fall of 2021, Anna began working in the office as the Media and Marketing Intern.

Anna Sems

Marketing and Media Intern
2022TemaresMatt

Matt is a Long Island local that has experience in the public and private sectors in the financial, Emergency Management, and personnel fields. He is also an accomplished sailor, who began sailing at age 7 in the Knickerbocker YC and JYRA programs around Long Island. From there, he took up dinghy sailing in BlueJays and Lasers. After youth sailing, Matt got involved in the big boat scene, winning multiple YRA of LIS championships in the PHRF, IOR and IMS divisions. Joining Oakcliff, he Recently, he's interested in getting back into match racing.

Matt Temares

Operations
2022MooneyWyz

Wyz grew up locally sailing Blue Jays, Lasers, Fireballs, and Shields. She has an extensive resume. After high school, she worked at the New York Stock Exchange. In college she dabbled in college sailing. Post college, she taught and coached at the high school level before moving back to Oyster Bay to work at the Oyster Bay Boat Shop (ironically, this was located at 2 South St., now Oakcliff’s Clubhouse). Wyz also ran the repair loft at Banks Sails and throughout, raced inshore and offshore, and most recently frostbiting on Lasers.

Wyz Mooney

Bookkeeper
Doby

Dobby is the pup that rules the office. He first came to us in May of 2021, along with his assistant Wyz. Dobby is notorious for his short yet muscular stature. He is calm, collected, and makes sure to make his food rounds during morning meetings. Although he is not much of a sailor, he did serve as admiral for the Saint Maarten Yacht Club Islands Challenge Team from 2011 to 2019. He believes it was his leadership that helped the team win the event. There is nothing he loves more than sunbathing and scratches.

Doby

The Admiral
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Mamadou Yade

Shore
marlow

Marlow a German Shorthaired Pointer, Poodle, Golden Retriever mix has roots in Louisiana. Marlow was rescued at age 6mo by Jasmine. He brings his southern hospitality on most adventures & shares a love for Dawn’s famous sandwiches. Marlow's short-term goal is to be the youngest racing pup at Oakcliff. He loves lounging as much as playing. Favorite activities include; morning runs, hugging friends, and using lightning fast speed patrolling beaches for seagulls. Marlow is really bringing the team together, and he can’t wait to meet you.

Marlow

Chief Morale Officer
2022WoernerFritz

Fritz grew up near Detroit MI, sailing on his high school team. His love for the water started at a young age, specifically a love for Detroit Diesels and the freighters that run the Great Lakes- the largest being the MV Paul R. Tregurtha. Fritz keeps all of the Oakcliff engines in check and takes great pride in the Oakcliff Diesels. When he is not in the shop, you can find Fritz listening to the rumble of the nearby LIRR, eating meat patties from Taby’s, or jamming out to some EDM. Fritz is also an accomplished DJ who goes by the stage name Freighter City.

Fritz Woerner

Engineer