Oakcliff Sailing Staff

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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
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
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
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
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

OC86 and Match 40 Fleet Captain
Molly

Molly grew up locally on the South Shore of Long Island in Bayshore. Her family is heavily rooted in the boating industry and she started sailing before she could talk. She raced 420s in high school and spent the summers coaching at Point O’ Woods Yacht Club. After graduating high school, she committed fully to sailing, with the goal of sailing around the world in the Ocean Race. She is working to learn the ins-and-outs of sailing and boatwork to see what it takes to achieve her goal.

Molly Roy

Sailmaker
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Al came to us as a keen learner, just out of high school and fresh off as a diver. She is a welcome addition to our team. With over 100 boats there is plenty of work but she's also branching out as a breakdown and Oakcliff Uber Driver. The best part, she always has a smile on her face.

Al Gorman

Diver and Shore
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Mamadou Yade

Shore
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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

Our on-site support network

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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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

Public Relations and Media
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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

Development 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