Mike Dowd has been coaching in the Optimist class since 2010 and has coached with the USNT since 2014. Prior to coaching CERT, Mike was the Head coach for Sarasota Youth Sailing, in Florida.He qualified and helped qualify many sailors for international teams, USNT, USDT, Olympic Development team, High school Nationals, US Youth Championships, and Youth World Championships. When Mike is not sailing or coaching, he is kiteboarding, surfing, or rock-climbing.
Growing up on the Toms River sailing was a lot like today, we had a very competitive group of kids eager to learn and get on the water every weekend. This allowed my success in all classes I have been a part of. From almost every international team in an optimist to being a top sailor in the Laser radial, I owe all my success to my roots (Toms River). Now eager to put the same concept into play for the next round of kids and share my knowledge and experience with whoever I am coaching.
Originally from Barnegat Light NJ, Will has spent countless hours on the Barnegat bay sailing and coaching. He became a member of the USNT as an optimist sailor and an All-American from Brown University as a college sailor. Will has a wealth of knowledge and experience which makes him such an exceptional coach! Will has two giant dogs and two young children and lives in NYC!
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